NORMAN — Trent Williams savors every minute at the place.
Every minute and every precious moment. Even after a loss, which should tell you something about this rivalry.
"Last year it got crazy,” the Oklahoma senior offensive tackle said Tuesday. "Last year was the marquee game of my career.”
You can imagine how he would have felt if his Sooners hadn’t been on the short end of a 45-35 score. That, of course, is the powerful allure of this game in one of the most treasured venues in all of college football.
The Cotton Bowl.
The place where Adrian Peterson ran wild. The place where Peter Gardere never knew defeat. Where Stonie Clark stonewalled OU, where Darrell Royal puked after a last-meeting tie and where Brian Bosworth and Jamelle Holieway made their names. Where Edwin Simmons and Marcus Dupree starred as freshmen and Cedric Benson couldn’t get on the field. Where one Roy Williams flew and another Roy Williams was grounded.
They all could have played their legendary roles in Austin and Norman just as easily, but they didn’t. Lincoln could have spoken just as succinctly in Washington, but he chose to do it at Gettysburg. History shouldn’t be cheated. It should be cherished.
Which is why the Texas-OU game should absolutely, unequivocally stay in Dallas. Even if the Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington.
"The tunnel feels like it’s a mile long,” Trent Williams said. "You’re so excited, you can’t get to the field quick enough. You hear the rumbling outside. I love the Cotton Bowl. It’s just historic.
"I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
His coach might.
In an almost off-hand manner, Bob Stoops mentioned at his Tuesday news conference that he wouldn’t be opposed to changing the annual Texas-OU grudge match at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas to a home-and-home rotation "once in a while.