Oklahoma football: Sooners beat Texas to the 'SEC' punch

COMMENTARY — Texas coach Mack Brown said he wanted the Longhorns to play more of a physical, SEC style of football this season. Oklahoma showed him what that looks like in a methodical 63-21 victory Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 13, 2012

DALLAS –Mykkele Thompson dove at Trey Millard's legs, so the OU fullback hurdled the Texas safety. And in mid-air, Millard forearmed Adrian Phillips, sending another Longhorn safety sprawling to the ground, while Millard scampered on to the longest Sooner pass play in series history.

We are not making this up. Even while airborn, the Sooners put a saloon-clearing smackdown on the MackBrowns.

OU badly beat Texas, 63-21 Saturday in the Cotton Bowl. Worse yet for the Longhorns, the Sooners beat them up.

This game looked like a fight in an old Batman episode. “KRUNCH!” “WHAMM!” “KAPOW!”

When Corey Nelson and Tony Jefferson weren't leveling bone-jarring tackles, a guy with yellow hair (Kenny Stills) and a guy just coming off chemo (Austin Woods) were delivering bone-rattling blocks to spring touchdowns.

Injured Longhorns littered the field all day long, and by game's end, they were joined by Texas' pride.

“I guess we're a little bit tough,” said Bob Stoops, mocking those who questioned the Sooners' manhood after a loss to Kansas State.

Here's how tough the Sooners looked. SEC tough, with a touch of Big 12 fireworks.

Mack Brown talked in the off-season of turning his ‘Horns into an SEC-style team, but the Sooners beat him to the punch.

And speaking of roundhouses, “Guys competing, willing to step into the ring, throw some punches, take a punch and come back and answer the bell, round after round,” is how OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel described the day.

The Sooners passed for a Big 12-like 334 yards and ran for an SEC-like 343 yards. And they stomped the Texas offense, which produced no points until the final five minutes and which entered the fourth quarter with four first downs.

Stoops said the Sooners “stoned” the ‘Horn offense, a new term for Bobby but one which fits perfectly.

“We're playing physical, we're tackling, we're not giving up big plays,” Stoops said. “We're building on it. Hopefully it will continue. And I believe it will.”

Through three quarters, Texas had seven three-plays-and-punt drives.

You know how those previous OU routs of Texas — 63-14, 65-13, 55-17 just a year ago — were snowball games? A turnover here, a tipped there, and suddenly one good thing for the Sooners turns into five?

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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