DALLAS –Mykkele Thompson dove at Trey Millard's legs, so the OU fullback hurdled the Texas safety. And in mid-air, Millard forearmed Adrian Phillips, sending another Longhorn safety sprawling to the ground, while Millard scampered on to the longest Sooner pass play in series history.
We are not making this up. Even while airborn, the Sooners put a saloon-clearing smackdown on the MackBrowns.
OU badly beat Texas, 63-21 Saturday in the Cotton Bowl. Worse yet for the Longhorns, the Sooners beat them up.
This game looked like a fight in an old Batman episode. “KRUNCH!” “WHAMM!” “KAPOW!”
When Corey Nelson and Tony Jefferson weren't leveling bone-jarring tackles, a guy with yellow hair (Kenny Stills) and a guy just coming off chemo (Austin Woods) were delivering bone-rattling blocks to spring touchdowns.
Injured Longhorns littered the field all day long, and by game's end, they were joined by Texas' pride.
“I guess we're a little bit tough,” said Bob Stoops, mocking those who questioned the Sooners' manhood after a loss to Kansas State.
Here's how tough the Sooners looked. SEC tough, with a touch of Big 12 fireworks.
Mack Brown talked in the off-season of turning his ‘Horns into an SEC-style team, but the Sooners beat him to the punch.
And speaking of roundhouses, “Guys competing, willing to step into the ring, throw some punches, take a punch and come back and answer the bell, round after round,” is how OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel described the day.
The Sooners passed for a Big 12-like 334 yards and ran for an SEC-like 343 yards. And they stomped the Texas offense, which produced no points until the final five minutes and which entered the fourth quarter with four first downs.
Stoops said the Sooners “stoned” the ‘Horn offense, a new term for Bobby but one which fits perfectly.
“We're playing physical, we're tackling, we're not giving up big plays,” Stoops said. “We're building on it. Hopefully it will continue. And I believe it will.”
Through three quarters, Texas had seven three-plays-and-punt drives.
You know how those previous OU routs of Texas — 63-14, 65-13, 55-17 just a year ago — were snowball games? A turnover here, a tipped there, and suddenly one good thing for the Sooners turns into five?
That's not what happened Saturday. This was not a snowball game. This was a methodical whipping.
All you have to look at is the rushing yards: 343-74.
“We have never gotten away from trying to run the ball,” Stoops said. “Never tried to get away from playing this type of defense.”
The Sooners went on scoring drives of 14, 11 and eight plays, but just to prove they haven't left the conference they almost left a year ago, OU also hit some home runs.
In the span of eight game minutes, the Sooners produced their longest run and longest pass ever against Texas.
Damien Williams zipped 95 yards for a touchdown that made it 13-2, then Millard's 73-yard catch-and-run set up a TD that made it 27-2.
And another OU rout was on, Big Tex Bob's fourth of at least a 38-point margin in the 13 games of this century.
“It's just unacceptable for Texas to lose like that to Oklahoma, especially two years in a row,” Brown said. “That's not who we are.”
Who Brown might not be is the Texas football coach, if this keeps up. Longhorn fans booed him for punting on fourth-and-1 late in the first half, down 36-2, and the Texas portion of the Cotton Bowl was half empty by the start of the third quarter.
Hey, OU fans. Remember when you thought the Sooners were a ship on fire? This is what a ship on fire looks like. The Burned Orange boat is one iffy call from being 0-3 in the Big 12.
“Sure wasn't pretty today,” Brown said. “Not a proud moment for us.”
But a proud day for the Sooners, who are 4-1, bound for the top 10 in the first BCS rankings on Sunday and at least back on the fringe of Big Bowl contention.
That's what happens when you beat Texas by 42 points and when you play like the SEC elite.
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