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Oklahoma football: Sooners beat Texas to the 'SEC' punch

COMMENTARY — Texas coach Mack Brown said he wanted the Longhorns to play more of a physical, SEC style of football this season. Oklahoma showed him what that looks like in a methodical 63-21 victory Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 13, 2012

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.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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