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Oklahoma football: Ranking the Red River blowouts

by Berry Tramel Published: October 13, 2012

For the fourth time in the Bob Stoops era, OU has whipped Texas with an historic rout. Let’s rank the four blowouts:

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gets dunked with in the final seconds of the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Oklahoma won 63-21. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gets dunked with in the final seconds of the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Oklahoma won 63-21. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

1. 2000: OU 63-14. The 10th-ranked Sooners led the 11th-ranked Longhorns 42-0 at halftime. The rout ushered the Sooners back into the national elite.

2. 2012: OU 63-21. The 13th-ranked Sooners led 36-2 at halftime and had allowed only two first downs. The rout suggests that the Big 12 title and BCS contention still could be achieved.

3. 2003: OU 65-13. The top-ranked Sooners led 37-13 at halftime, though Vince Young’s amazing run gave ‘Horn fans reason to return in the second half. The rout elevated OU into discussions as greatest team of all time.

4. 2011: OU 55-17. The Sooners led 34-10 at halftime and waltzed with three defensive touchdowns. The rout was OU’s last hurrah – the Sooners were upset by Texas Tech two weeks later and finished 10-3.

 

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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