OU-Texas is about many things. Tradition. Revelry. State pride. But nothing trumps the verdict. Victory is paramount in OU-Texas.
Newsok videographers Damon Fontenot and Tim Money have produced a five-part series on OU-Texas, and the final installment today centers on victory. You can view the video at the top of this post.
This is a game in which victory is sweeter, defeat more sour.
“It definitely has become more sour,” Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said of the rivalry, which has gone OU’s way three straight years. “Just because I’m from Dallas and to go home and play, and not play the way we know we can play, is very disappointing. That’s the big thing that we’re doing this year, making sure we get that corrected and executed right.
“The plan is in place. It’s us; we have to do it right, do everything correctly and not make those little mistakes that end up turning into big mistakes.”
For the Saturday Oklahoman, I’m writing about the chance for these Sooner seniors to go 4-0 against Texas. Only a select few have achieved that.
“If we win this game, it’ll be big for these seniors who have had success in this series,” said OU cornerback Aaron Colvin.
And losing stays with you, too. Here’s what I wrote in 1992 about Reggie Barnes, an OU defensive end under Gary Gibbs and a quality guy.
“How is Reggie Barnes supposed to forget the disappointment of three straight losses to UT? The longest journey of his life was across the Cotton Bowl last year, after OU’s 10-7 defeat. He was met at midfield by his cousin, UT linebacker Winfred Tubbs, who was cackling like a rooster in the henhouse. Barnes’ gaze, full of despair, dropped to the turf. How are all the Sooners supposed to forget, when the jokes, from winter through summer and into another October, never cease?”
OU-Texas verdicts stay with the competitors forever. Barry Switzer talks about no games more than he talks about his two ties with Texas, 6-6 in 1976 and 15-15 in 1984. Both games Switzer thinks OU should have won, and he’s right. A mangled extra point cost OU in ’76; the mother of all bad calls cost OU in ’84.
This is a rivlary that makes memories to last a lifetime. Because the verdicts last forever.
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