• Where the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry began

    By Steve Lackmeyer OKC Central slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer of The Oklahoman takes a look at the history of the rivalry between the Oklahoma and Texas.

  • The indelibility of growing up burnt orange

    Jacquielynn Floyd Dallas Morning News | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Dallas Morning News writer Jacquielynn Floyd explains what it was like growing up as part of the University of Texas nation.

  • OU fans are expected to break the Cotton Bowl's 'Great Divide'

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The crimson-and-orange divide at the Cotton Bowl, one of the things that makes the Red River Showdown special, is bound to be skewed Saturday. 50-50? Sounds like 60-40 is more like it.

  • Oklahoma notebook: Zack Sanchez hopes to pester Jay Norvell again — in a different way

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Sanchez, then a redshirting freshman cornerback, was playing on the OU scout team against the Sooners’ first-team offense. Norvell was the Sooners’ receivers coach. “I was probably a little pest back then,” Sanchez said

  • Oklahoma football: Texas signee Du'Vonta Lampkin ends up at OU after a long, drawn-out saga

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    In an era where college athletes are winning court cases against the NCAA, receiving full cost of attendance scholarships and generally fighting back against a system seen by many as exploitive, Lampkin could become a case study in the National Letter of Intent process and how one prospect found a way out of the ironclad contract.

  • OU vs. Texas: How do some OU fans end up sitting with the enemy during the Red River Showdown?

    BY BERRY TRAMEL Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    NORMAN — When Drake Schunck left his seat in the Cotton Bowl's north end for something to drink or a bathroom break, he trudged up the steps with his head down. “Bit of a gauntlet,” Schunck said. “Try to keep the blinders on.” Best to be low-key in enemy territory. Depending, of course, on how the OU-Texas game is going. Schunck, a Sooner fan who now lives in Houston, has spent a couple of Red River rivalries in the tiny crimson sections on the Longhorn end of the stadium. Call it the Cotton Bowl's Jerusalem. A geographic enclave of hearty souls, surrounded by enemies.

  • OU vs. Texas: Five Longhorns to watch during Saturday's game

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    JERROD HEARD Quarterback Heard has been one of the few bright spots to this point in the season for the Longhorns. Heard broke Vince Young's school record with 527 yards of total offense in the loss to Cal earlier this season. But Heard couldn't get much going against TCU last week in a blowout, with just 48 yards passing in a 50-7 loss. Heard's escapability was front and center in the game against Cal, where he ran for 163 yards, and early in the loss to Oklahoma State. If Texas is able to stay close or even pull off a second upset in the last three seasons, it's hard to imagine Heard not being a big part of that. ARMANTI FOREMAN Wide receiver With Daje Johnson likely out Saturday,

  • OU vs. Texas: Five Sooners to watch during Saturday's game

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    BAKER MAYFIELD Quarterback The quarterbacks are already of utmost importance in this game and the Sooners have gotten excellent play from Mayfield this season. He's thrown for 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions through four games. The Longhorns, known since the dawn of the Mack Brown era to have a fierce secondary, have struggled on the back end of their defense this season. Mayfield figures to be able to take advantage of that by showing off the solid decision making he's displayed as a junior this season. Also, he grew up in Austin as an OU fan, giving this game extra meaning. STERLING SHEPARD Wide receiver If Mayfield is important, so is his No. 1 target.

  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez hopes to pester Jay Norvell again, but in a different way

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 10 hr ago

    NORMAN — Zack Sanchez admits he was pretty annoying to Jay Norvell back in 2012. Sanchez, then a redshirting freshman cornerback, was playing on the OU scout team against the Sooners’ first-team offense. Norvell was the Sooners’ receivers coach. “I was probably a little pest back then,” Sanchez said this week. “I know I got into some arguments with him a couple times that year. I went and apologized to him and told them that’s not me. We were real cool with each other from that point on.” Now that Norvell is calling plays for the Texas offense, Sanchez is hoping to pester Norvell again this Saturday, although in a much different way. The junior is one of the

  • Fans prepare for #RedRiverRivalry game

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Have you been waiting your whole life for this game? What about just a week? Here's what some fans had to say about Saturday's OU-Texas game. Will it be a Red River Rivalry game to remember? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

  • Poll: What do you dislike about Texas?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 hr ago

    The Red River Rivalry game between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas is this weekend, so let's have some fun. What do you dislike about Texas outside of football? Take the poll.

  • Texans flocking to OU

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    There are about 4,500 Texans attending the University of Oklahoma another 3,500 at Oklahoma State University.

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell grateful he'll be back in the Cotton Bowl, even on the other sideline

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    NORMAN — Bob Stoops determined that Jay Norvell was part of the problem last year at Oklahoma, firing him along with Josh Heupel and completely overhauling the Sooners' offense. Earlier this season, Charlie Strong determined that Norvell was part of the solution to his offensive woes and made him Texas' play caller. As Norvell prepares to return to Dallas for his eighth-straight Red River rivalry game, he's trying to navigate a tumultuous situation in Austin. The Longhorns are 1-4 and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel — not even the Cotton Bowl's South end zone tunnel. Awaiting Norvell will be his 10th-ranked, undefeated former team featuring players and coaches he knows well.

  • Oklahoma football: Karl Joseph's hit on Dede Westbrook should have been targeting

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday that the Big 12 Conference offices informed him that Karl Joseph’s first quarter hit on Dede Westbrook should be been flagged for targeting. Joseph’s monster hit broke up a pass intended for Westbrook on the West Virginia sideline, but was not flagged. Had the play been called correctly, Joseph would have been ejected from the game. Westbrook ended up catching five passes for 107 yards in the contest, and Joseph made five tackles, a sack and recorded an interception. Joseph, considered one of the best defensive backs in the country, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a non-contact knee injury in practice this week.

  • OU football notebook: Bevo stricken with life-threatening illness, will miss Texas-OU game

    By Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Wire Reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The Silver Spurs organization that takes care of the mascot did not detail Bevo's illness Wednesday and said his condition was still being explored by veterinarians.

  • Walk-on Wednesday: Nick Hardaway has never regretted choosing OU over small-college opportunities

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    NORMAN — Nick Hardaway remembers exactly the moment when he truly realized he wasn’t playing against high schoolers anymore. The Oklahoma walk-on offensive guard was in for his first play on scout team, and defensive end Geneo Grissom — now a New England Patriots rookie — knocked Hardaway flat on his back. “I remember in that moment realizing that these guys aren’t here to play around,” Hardaway said. “This is the real deal. These aren’t high school football players anymore.” Hardaway is the latest Sooner to be featured in The Oklahoman’s “Walk-on Wednesday,” a weekly blog post where we highlight a non-scholarship OU

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing OU-Texas with the Austin American-Stateman's Brian Davis

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Kyle Fredrickson. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers."  The Non-Fiction Writers is presented by Edward Jones. You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here.

  • Russell Westbrook, Ronnie Dunn, Joe Castiglione among presenters at 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook and Grammy-winning country music superstar Ronnie Dunn will be among the presenters at the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. As is tradition, the accomplished Oklahomans being inducted into the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class each have selected a family member, friend or colleague to formally present them at the November banquet and induction ceremony.

  • Red River Rivalry: Coverage throughout the years

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    How has the Red River Showdown evolved throughout the years? With less than a week away from this year's OU-Texas matchup, we look back at some of the highlights and coverage from 2007-2013. Berry Tramel talks about the infamous Red River Showdown in Dallas. (Video published on Oct. 3, 2007) Berry Tramel, Jake Trotter and David Ubben look forward to the Red River Rilvalry game. (Video published on Oct. 16, 2009) OU's coach meets with the media and looks back at the 16-13 loss to Texas in 2009, as well as Sam Bradford's shoulder injury. (Video published on Oct.

  • OU football: Freshman kicker Austin Seibert focused on maintaining impressive start to career

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Seibert has been perfect on both field goals (7) and extra points (12) and is averaging 45.2 yards per punt.