DALLAS — For the season's first five games, Oklahoma's defensive line pushed plenty of people around.
Saturday in a 36-20 whipping at the hands of Texas, the Sooners were the ones being thrown around.
Texas' offensive line dominated the Sooners, and the Longhorns converted third downs short and long, even going after OU's best defenders with success.
The Sooners' defensive day started with nose tackle Jordan Phillips and linebacker Corey Nelson being out of the game, but the troubles went far beyond that.
The Sooners managed no sacks of Texas backup quarterback Case McCoy and didn't offer much resistance to Texas' running game, giving up 255 yards on the ground.
A year ago, in the moments after OU destroyed Texas, Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops went out among the throngs to enjoy a triumphant return to the series.
Saturday, Stoops stood in the Cotton Bowl, sweating with his tie left untied as Longhorns fans celebrated on the midway below.
“They were more physical than we were at the point of attack and anytime that happens, they're going to have success running the football and that really led to our demise pretty much the whole day,” Stoops said. “I didn't feel like we ever had control of the game.”
Texas controlled things from the start, converting three third-downs — two from seven yards or more — on the opening drive and continually taking advantage on third down from there.
The Longhorns finished 13 of 20 on third downs with more than half of those conversions (seven) coming with seven or more yards to go.
They did it by going after a secondary that had been a strength for the Sooners.
On third and 11 in the second quarter, Marcus Johnson pulled a double-move on Kass Everett and hauled in a 59-yard touchdown pass from McCoy.
A drive later, McCoy had Kendal Sanders open after he beat Aaron Colvin, but McCoy overthrew Sanders and the Longhorns had to settle for a field goal.
Early in the third, Mike Davis zipped past Zack Sanchez for a 38-yard touchdown.
“Any team that plays man-to-man on us, we can throw it down the field,” Davis said. “I feel like it's disrespectful.
“You've just got to test everybody.”
Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said the Longhorns took advantage of the Sooners aggressiveness in the secondary.
“We just felt like they were so good outside — that Colvin and Sanchez were so good outside — it's one of those deals where you've got to make their strength their weakness,” Applewhite said. “If they're going to jump routes and sit on things, pop guys inside as they're backpedling in man, then we better do some things at quarterback to make them bite on some things.
“It was one of those dream-day games.”
The Longhorns added some double moves and other things to take advantage of the Sooners aggressiveness.
But as bad as Stoops felt about the big plays and his defense's third-down struggles, Texas run success was more troubling to him.
“We've got to find something that works and works better and be a little better against the run,” Stoops said. “The run will keep you off-balance. That will make your day long as a defense. That was the tale of today. There were no good calls today.”
The Longhorns also took advantage of Dominique Alexander, the freshman who started in place of the injured Nelson.
Two of the early third-down conversions were on plays that went toward Alexander.
He had 19 tackles, but Texas kept going his way.
“They just outplayed us and outcoached us regardless of what the situation is,” Stoops said. “It's never one or two guys. It's a collective group. When we've played well, we've played collectively well and when we've played bad, we played collectively bad today.
“I thought they played with an edge that we certainly didn't play with.”