AUSTIN, Texas — There were no Oklahoma players throwing the upside-down Hook ’em Horns signs this time.
Saturday night, though, the Sooners didn’t need to taunt Texas with anything more than the result.
Sooners freshman guard Jordan Woodard scored 10 points in the final two minutes — all but two from the free-throw line — to give Oklahoma an 88-85 win over the Longhorns in both teams’ Big 12 openers Saturday at the Erwin Center.
During OU’s trip to Austin a season ago, Amath M’Baye taunted Texas fans with the sign after the Sooners took a 22-point lead with less than eight minutes to go.
Texas dominated from there and came out with a 92-86 overtime win.
There was no time for in-game taunting this time around for the Sooners after Texas led for much of the second half.
But Buddy Hield’s fourth 3-pointer of the night put the Sooners up two with just more than two minutes remaining after the Longhorns missed four consecutive free throws that could have stretched the lead to five.
After Texas briefly tied it, the Sooners controlled the game, pulling out a road win with a young team to give OU its first win in Austin since 2005.
“The opportunity was there to go either direction,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “When you get a little bit of a lead inside the last minute, it’s hard to finish the game. It’s hard to get a win.
“These young guys, we gave up a couple buckets and I thought Texas hit a couple tough shots, I thought our guys played them pretty well but Texas executed. I thought our last minute was executed pretty well.”
Oklahoma (12-2, 1-0 Big 12) returns home to take on Kansas at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Woodard, who had shot 46 free throws in the four games before Saturday’s win, was having a tough night before the final stretch.
He was in foul trouble from early after picking up two fouls in the first five minutes and even when he was in the game, Woodard was out of rhythm.
Woodard was just 1 for 3 from the floor with no free-throw tries in the game’s first 38 minutes before taking over to end it.
“Obviously we need him in the ballgame — getting to the paint, getting to the rim and making plays for others,” Kruger said. “Good to see him go to the line there late and knock down some free throws.”
Hield led the Sooners with 22 points, while Isaiah Cousins and Tyler Neal added 13 and Woodard 12.
The Sooners, despite Texas’ significant size advantage inside, out-rebounded the Longhorns 39-28.
Oklahoma struggled to contain Javan Felix, who had a career-best 28 points to lead the Longhorns (11-3, 0-1).
But it wasn’t Felix shooting at the end when Texas had one last try.
After Woodard missed a pair of free throws to with 14 seconds left to give the Longhorns another try, Demarcus Croaker’s 3-pointer was off the mark and Woodard came up with the rebound with the help of the possession arrow to seal the win.