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Surprises and Underachievers: The best and worst of Oklahoma against Texas

Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm •  Published: October 14, 2012

DALLAS  —  At one point in the third quarter, this is how the stat line looked:  Trey Millard: 144 total yards.Texas: 115.

It’s one of many stats that could wow Sooners fans — like how at halftime Oklahoma had 17 first downs and Texas had only 2 or that Blake Bell rushed for four first half touchdowns.

How about that Oklahoma’s time of  possession in the first half was 16 minutes and 8 seconds more than Texas’ time of possession. Then there’s the first team defense – who didn’t give up a single touchdown in the 107th meeting of the Red River Rivalry.

Yeah, those are just some of the surprises of the OU-Texas game.

OU's Trey Millard (33) leaps over UT's Adrian Phillips (17) during the Red River Rivalry on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU's Trey Millard (33) leaps over UT's Adrian Phillips (17) during the Red River Rivalry on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Surprises

Trey Millard is an NCAA fullback cheat code. Landry Jones joked after the game that Millard probably created a new button on game controllers for his play on Saturday when he hurdled and blocked two Longhorns simultaneously. Millard ran, caught, hurdled, blocked and scored. That’s why he’s Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ Mr. Everything … otherwise known to Stoops as “My man.”

 Damien Williams for 95 yards. A lot of people  —  media and fans  —  went into Saturday thinking it was going to be a tight game. Watching Williams sprint down the field untouched gave Sooners fans the chance to lean back in their seats and enjoy the Bevo bash. And that historical run.

O-large. The Sooners run game was so successful for one key reason: the offensive line. Write some thank you cards to Gabe Ikard, Bronson Irwin, Adam Shead, Lane Johnson and Daryl Williams for blocking to allow Landry Jones to throw for 321 yards and for the backs to compile 363 yards of rushing. And then follow it up with more cards to the boys on the Belldozer package who allowed Blake Bell to get into the end zone four times.

No TDs here. Known also as Oklahoma’s defense. Hey Sooners fans, keep those thank you cards out. It may be time to write Mike Stoops a big Hallelujah thank you note for returning.

Jalen Saunders contributions. Bob Stoops said they found out an hour into practice Wednesday that Jalen Saunders cleared the NCAA waivers. They immediately pulled Saunders from the practice squad. In his debut, he helped Landry Jones and the wide receivers with two catches for 54 yards. Saunders also allowed Stills to move from the slot to out wide  —  which added to the list of troubles that Texas’ defense was having on Saturday.

R.J. Washington forcing David Ash to make friends with the Cotton Bowl’s grass. The senior defensive end admitted after the game that he never really felt like he made a big contribution in a Red River Rivalry game. That’s why he’d never really grabbed the Golden Hat and put it on. Saturday afternoon, he was surrounded by photographers as he modeled the Red River Rivalry trophy. Plus, Washington, a Fort Worth,Texas native registered two quarterback hits on Texas’ David Ash and was just really pumped in the game.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Texas coach Mack Brown shake hands after after the 107th Red River Rivalry. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Texas coach Mack Brown shake hands after after the 107th Red River Rivalry. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

 

Underachievers

 Trey Metoyer’s stat line. The true freshman caught a pass during the second play of Oklahoma’s opening drive for no gain and caught another a play later for 14 yards. Metoyer remained out wide unless Jalen Saunders was in the game and then Metoyer rotated to the sideline and Kenny Stills was placed out wide. Regardless, “Landry Jones to Trey Metoyer” isn’t a phrase Sooners fans are hearing a lot. Could his shoulder be hurt worse than everyone thought?

Mack Brown.

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