Two ranked teams. Plenty of haymaker plays. One squad left standing. Sooners offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson likened the latest edition of the Red River Rivalry to a heavyweight fight, lost when Texas managed a late flurry.
"It was a couple of big heavyweights, going toe-to-toe, exchanging punches,” Wilson said. "They got a couple of punches in and we couldn’t answer.”
Stat checkBoth the Sooners and Longhorns carried no-huddle spread offenses into the game, although each went about things at a different pace. In the end, it made for an intriguing set of stats. Texas finished with a major time of possession edge: 37:10 to 22:50. Yet in their almost 15 minutes more of time with the ball, the Longhorns ran just three plays more than the Sooners, 70-67.
Which is it?Texas coach Mack Brown recalled a conflicted conversation he had with a friend in trying to describe what kind of game would unfold at the Cotton Bowl. "Someone asked me if it would be a shootout,” said Brown, "and I said, ‘Boy, I don’t know, you’re talking about two really good defenses.