By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com – @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma beat Texas 56-15 in Dallas on Saturday. Here’s some rapid reaction:
It was over when…
Everyone realized Texas’ overrated defense couldn’t tackle Blake Bell…or Damien Williams…or basically any other Sooner. Oklahoma ran through and passed over the Longhorns with ease, scoring five first half touchdowns en route to a rout.
Storyline – OU running game
Fifty-one carries for 353 yards and six touchdowns for OU’s rushing attack on Saturday. It was dominant and, at times, comically easy. Sooner backs had wide open lanes into the secondary and, once there, were able to bust through half-hearted arm tackles. Damien Williams led the way with
Star of the game – Mike Stoops
An incredible all-around defensive performance from the Sooners. They were active and aggressive throughout, making life miserable for UT quarterback David Ash, who threw two picks and lost a fumble. Texas had three first downs and no offensive points in the first half. Anything after that didn’t matter, the game was out of hand. If Stoops’ crew can consistently play this kind of defense, dominating the game and coming up with big plays, OU’s got a chance to make some national noise.
That’s two straight solid performances from Landry Jones, the fifth-year senior who’s starting to play like it. He had a brief Kansas State moment in the second half, throwing a bad pick-six, but the insurmountable lead and solid play before and after deemed that mistake irrelevant. Overall, he went 21/37 for 321 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading a second straight huge midseason win and showing how premature the ‘Bench Landry’ talk really was.
The Sooners were impressive, no doubt about that, but Texas matched that with its extreme ineptness. The Longhorns offense reverted to 2011 form, with their defense finding its West Virginia form. That’s three straight conference games, including two losses, that the Longhorns have given up 36 or more points. Talks have shifted from “Is Texas back?” to “Is Mack Brown’s job in jeopardy?”
OU fans called for the talented but underutilized fullback. Stoops finally called his number. And Trey Millard delivered. He was the Sooners’ leading receiver, catching five passes for 119 yards and adding 45 yards on the ground.
Stat of the game
Oklahoma has outscored Texas 118-38 in the past two Red River games. That’s the most dominant two-game stretch in the series’ history.
Quote of the game
“It’s not the Sooners fault they are up over 60 points now. They are just running basic plays and nobody’s tackling them.” -ABC announcer Brad Nessler on a late drive, noting that OU wasn’t running up the score, but rather slicing through a struggling UT defense
Tweet of the game
Blake Bell bulldozed in for four short-yardage touchdowns. He truly is a touchdown vulture.