DALLAS — Texas coach Mack Brown entered Saturday's Red River Rivalry under intense pressure, and might have alleviated some of it with his team's 36-20 win over Oklahoma.
After the game, Brown spoke about his team's improvement, ending OU's three-year winning streak in the series and being the underdog:
Q: Do streaks in this rivalry game usually end when players are sick of hearing about it from the outside?
A: The one thing the outside can't predict is the will and determination of young people. … To me, I thought we would win today. I knew we would play really hard and I knew we would play really well. I didn't know if it would be good enough to win, but I thought we would win. But I knew this was going to be a different mindset coming into this game because they were not happy with the last two years and the way it has looked. As I said, walking out of here last year, there were a lot of things said in that dressing room that affected today.
You were a 14-point underdog going into the game. What does this say about the rivalry that you could be the underdog and win?
I think it says more about the state of college football and that anybody can beat anybody on Saturday if you play better than the other team. It is all about how you play and if you go out there and stand around you probably can't beat anybody. If you go out there ready to play, even if you mess things up like we messed some things up these guys did not let up at all.