That's Mack's great failure. His teams have not approached the magic level that Stoops' teams have approached in Dallas.
It's not that Texas never wins. The Longhorns won in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. But the Sooners have been blown out just once, in '05, when they were outmanned. The only time Texas truly was outmanned, 2010, the Longhorns made a good game of it, losing 28-20.
But on a regular basis, Texas wilts in the Cotton Bowl. What's that old Mike Tyson line? “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” OU gets up quick, punches the ‘Horns in the face, and they don't respond.
This much is indisputable. The Sooners come to the Cotton Bowl ready to play.
“You can't describe it,” said OU cornerback Aaron Colvin. “You don't really have to tell … when it's OU-Texas week. Everyone is already riled up. Everyone is ready to go out there and ball out. The guys in the locker room, energy was very high. We almost had to calm down somewhat before the game.”
So now Big Tex Bob is 9-5 in the series, which produces OU's best winning percentage (. 643) against Texas. Barry Switzer (9-5-2) had a .625 winning percentage. Bud Wilkinson (9-8) had a .529 winning percentage.
Wilkinson beat Texas by at least 30 only once. Switzer did it three times. Stoops has done it four times and counting.
And Mack Brown is left to wonder how he's getting back to that car that ran out of gas 10 miles away.
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