OU football: Sooners lose error-filled game to Texas, 36-20

Case McCoy threw two touchdowns, defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score and Texas beat 12th-ranked Oklahoma 36-20 Saturday.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm •  Published: October 12, 2013


photo - UT's Chris Whaley (96) celebrates his touchdown on an interception return during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
UT's Chris Whaley (96) celebrates his touchdown on an interception return during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

class="body">Sooner quarterback Blake Bell threw two interceptions, the first of which was returned for a Longhorn touchdown in the first quarter. OU gave up an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

“Those are always difference-makers in this game,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said of mistakes that result in touchdowns.

Making matters worse for the Sooners, the offense converted only 2 of 13 times on third down, while the defense allowed Texas to go 13 of 20.

Now, after three consecutive seasons where the Sooners have used a win in this game as a springboard, they are faced with what comes next. They didn’t just lose; they got completely outplayed by an opponent that has struggled so much that Mack Brown is expected to lose his job at season’s end.

“The Big 12, we can still win,” said fullback Trey Milliard, another senior who missed out on an undefeated career vs. Texas. “We had one loss last year in the Big 12; we got a co-championship. It’s still out there for us. We just have to go out and do our job the rest of the season.”

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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