DALLAS — The Cotton Bowl erupted as the Sooners' plays changed the game. They didn't know what was happening or if they would hold onto the ball.
They just knew this was the Red River Rivalry, and this was the game to win — and win big.
Oklahoma made five major game-changing plays during their 63-21 rout of the Longhorns in Dallas that left them with their flag staked at midfield.
Here is a look at those five plays:
GREEN MEANS GO
Damien Williams saw green, eventually.
Oklahoma's running back was handed the ball on the first play of the opening drive. Through the first two drives he went forward two yards, back one, forward 6, back five, back one.
Then came the Sooners' third drive. Oklahoma was on its own five-yard line when quarterback Landry Jones placed the ball in Williams' hands just inside Texas' end zone.
Williams made one cut and took off. By the time he reached the 40-yard-line, Texas' cornerback Quandre Diggs was a yard behind Williams and gaining.
That's when wide receiver Kenny Stills charged Diggs with a loud hit and made what OU defensive end R.J. Washington called a play as “physical as the big boys” make.
“Kenny's known to mop somebody up when they're not paying attention,” Washington said.
Stills' block freed to finish the long run — while wide receivers coach Jay Norvell sprinted the sidelines in celebration — for Oklahoma's first score.
Williams' 95-yard touchdown run was the longest rush in the 107 years of the Red River Rivalry.
“I was just trying to be patient, waiting for things to clear in front of me,” Williams said. “You can't be patient for too long. You gotta get it sooner or later.”
THE MILLARD HIGH LIFE
Trey Millard ran past Texas. He ran over Texas.
And in the second quarter, when Texas tried to hit him high and low at the same time — Millard hurdled one defender, stiff-armed another and ran for 35 yards after contact.
Fans deemed the hurdle all sorts of things: Air Millard, Trey Train, Flight No. 33 and the Millard High Life.
Millard laughed at the names for his combo hurdle-block but said he didn't know it happened until teammates told him after.
“I knew there were two guys there,” Millard said. “I didn't really know what happened to the second one, but I knew he didn't tackle me, but I was just trying to run for my life.”
Sitting as Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' right-hand man at the postgame press conference, Millard smiled when the subject of his run was brought up. Stoops leaned over to Landry Jones smiling and laughing.
He's jumping over everybody.
“He's an athlete,” Stoops said later about Millard. “My man.”
Aaron Colvin is trying to start a movement — the Colvin Island movement.
For the second time in two weeks, Colvin intercepted a pass. The score was 27-2 in the second quarter. Oklahoma had just allowed Texas' its first first down of the game.
“I was kind of frustrated he got that deep ball on me,” Colvin said. “So the next play I told myself you got to make up for that and you've got to make a play.”
Colvin saw Texas' Marquis Goodwin start to run an over route. He thought Texas quarterback David Ash would throw a little deep. Goodwin is a fast player and Colvin figured Ash would make use of Goodwin's speed.
That's when Colvin saw that short pass.
“I just undercut him and used my speed and went to go get the ball,” Colvin said.
The interception is only Colvin's second in his career, but he's started to distinguish himself among fans and the media as one of the best cornerback in the Big 12.
That's what happens when a cornerback creates his own island.
“That's what I take pride on,” Colvin said. “I don't want anybody catching me when they come out to my side. I want them to feel like they're deserted out there.”
Blake Bell belldozed Bevo.
After mass confusion led to offensive lineman running on and off and on the field again again, leading to an Oklahoma time-out, the Sooners ran with half of the correct package.
They eventually made it to the goal line where Bell scored his first of four rushing touchdowns.
The back-up quarterback ended the game with 11 rushes for 31 yards and the four scores.
David King and the defense worked on Texas' “jumbo formation” during practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
The extra work was evident when Texas running back Joe Bergeron tried to run it from the Longhorns' one-yard line.
King said he doesn't know how, but linebacker Jaydan Bird slipped through a hole and made the tackle before a gang of tackles took him down for a team safety to put OU up 29-2.
“It was in their end zone so it was like telling all their fans, ‘Yeah we came to play today,'” King said of the safety. “They're a good team but it was the OU game today.”