NORMAN — R.J. Washington used to throw up the Hook 'Em Horns when he was young just to be the irritating little brother.
His sister was an Oklahoma fan. Washington, who attended Fort Worth's Keller Fossil Ridge High School, said he was a Texas fan by default, but the five-star recruit chose Oklahoma out of college — a decision he said he doesn't regret. Now, he's making his final trip to the Cotton Bowl.
It starts when we're on the highway. ... I remember looking out the window with my headphones on and a six-year-old kid (raising his middle finger). I was like, ‘OK. That's how this is gonna be.'
You get to the fair and Texas fans, if they can, will bang on the bus.
The game can go either way. Rivalry games are always close games. But the bus ride is crazy because there's so much hostility. You didn't even say anything and people are screaming at you and flipping you off.
Being from Texas, all I need is some funnel cake, two corn dogs and a turkey leg.
Win or lose, I want my corn dogs.
I watched the game when I was little and remember seeing a fight break out between OU and Texas players. I wasn't an OU fan growing up and I remember seeing the Texas player get beat up. I was like, man, they got beat up by Oklahoma and I end up playing for Oklahoma.
I saw someone get knocked out over a corn dog at the game. I'll never forget it.
Their locker room is right there. Our locker room is right here. You have to come out and you have to look at each other. Somebody has to go first.
They were in front of us last year and we were talking so much trash right before the game.
There's somewhat of a fight that's about to happen.
You talk trash to the band, but don't get it twisted. Just because they're in the band it's not like they're not saying anything. When you walk past them, they're like, 'OU sucks!'
There's so much hostility.