Oklahoma recorded eight sacks in Saturday's 55-17 dismantling of Texas.
Senior defensive end Frank Alexander compiled three and has a team high 5.5 sacks for the season.
In Saturday's lopsided win, Alexander had four tackles for loss, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, broke up a pass, recorded a quarterback hurry and compiled six tackles.
“This was my last one,” said Alexander, referring to the OU-Texas rivalry. “I wanted to go out with a bang. My biggest thing was getting after their quarterback, not giving him time to set up. There were a couple of plays I could have been better, but I feel we did a good job the whole game.”
JOE CASTIGLIONE BREAKS OUT A VICTORY DANCE
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione, celebrating his 54th birthday on Saturday, unveiled a victory celebratory dance in the locker room after the dominating 55-17 win.
“You heard?” Castiglione asked. “Ugh. I was hoping what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.”
"That tremendous win was a great present. I haven't had time to install the dance package yet this season, so I had to improvise when unexpectedly cheered on by the players to join them."
DURANT KEEPS HIS WORD, FOLLOWS JEFFERSON ON TWITTER
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, who played at Texas, made good on his "bet" with Sooner defender Tony Jefferson.
Jefferson told Durant he would have to follow him on Twitter if he made an interception against the Longhorns. Durant agreed. Jefferson held up his end, picking off a David Ash pass early in the second quarter. It was Jefferson's fourth interception in two games.
Jefferson said just after the game that he'd already heard from Durant.
"I still love Texas! Good game by OU," Durant tweeted. "I still hate y'all but it's all good. y'all won't win the nat'l title lol...good game @tonyjefferson1."
LONGHORNS GO 0-FOR-4
Texas coach Mack Brown said the Longhorns needed to win four elements to win the game: turnovers, penalties, red zone and third downs.
"I'm not sure we won any of them," Brown said. "I think we lost all of them. And those were the four chances for us to win the game."
Actually, Texas won the penalty battle — 60 yards on five penalties; OU had 68 on seven penalties.
But OU dominated the turnovers (1-5), red zone (OU scored three touchdowns and kicked two field goals in five trips; Texas scored one TD in four trips) and third downs (OU was 8-of-15, UT 5-of-16).
HONORING AUSTIN BOX
Senior linebacker Travis Lewis each week selects the player that will wear No. 12, the number worn by former OU linebacker Austin Box, who died in May.
Lewis wore No. 12 against Texas.
“I was so proud of Travis,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “This is my first time as a coach to go through something like this. I've said it before but to see how our guys have embraced Austin's spirit and have kept it alive, the strength they've exuded is pretty special. It's very humbling for me.
“I know it was on everybody's heart all week. And it has been (all season). But this was his biggest game of the year... To see Travis out there in No. 12 was very appropriate.”
KICKOFF COVERAGE ISSUES
OU's one negative Saturday was allowing a 102-yard kickoff return.
Last season the Sooners allowed four kickoff returns for touchdowns. This season coverage had been much improved before Fozzy Whittaker scored in the second quarter.
“After today's (lopsided win) that's what you're going to ask me about,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. “Through five games we've only covered about 100 kicks and you ask me about the one kick.”
OU's coverage on the other eight kickoffs was good. The Longhorns averaged only 18.0 yards on the non-touchdown returns, although they had another return for a TD called back by an obvious block-in-the-back penalty.
Sophomore middle linebacker Tom Wort suffered a bruised back late in the third quarter and did not return.
“I'll be fine. I'll play next week,” Wort said. “I just tried to hit the quarterback and the next thing I know I had taken a shot to the back.”
Wort collided with Travis Lewis on the play. Lewis lay on the ground more than a minute but returned a few plays later.
Sophomore running back Brennan Clay, who suffered a sprained shoulder against Ball State, suited out but did not play. The only running back to receive carries other than Dominique Whaley was freshman Brandon Williams.
Since Alabama made Sports Illustrated's cover following a rout of Florida, OU defensive end David King was asked if the Sooners deserved next week's cover.
“We'll get one after Jan. 9 (date of the BCS championship game).”
ALL-TIME BRAGGING RIGHTS
The win moved the Sooners ahead of Texas in all-time winning percentage. OU's winning percentage (.718) is fourth all-time behind Michigan (.736), Notre Dame (.732) and Ohio State (.718).
The Sooners actually would move up to third if Nebraska defeated Ohio State in a game played Saturday night.
Stoops tied Barry Switzer for the most wins by an OU coach against top 25 competition. Stoops is 43-17 against nationally ranked teams. Switzer was 43-21-4... It was just the second time in school history the Sooners had two fumble recoveries for touchdowns, the other coming against Marquette in 1941... Dominique Whaley's 64-yard touchdown run was the longest by a Sooner since DeMarco Murray raced 70 yards against Texas A&M three years ago... Michael Hunnicutt became just the third OU freshman kicker to convert multiple field goals against Texas, joining R.D. Lashar (1987) and Trey DiCarlo (2002).