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OU Notebook: 12-round decision: Longhorns

Oklahoman Published: October 13, 2008
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 check
Both 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.

"They said, ‘So you think it will be hard to score?’ I said, ‘Boy, I don’t know, those are two really good offenses.’”

Shootout won out, with the 80 combined points the most in the history of the storied series.

Lewis on the spot
Sooner linebacker Travis Lewis produced a 19-tackle day, then nailed another target in playing prophet with the latest rankings.

"Losing to Texas, the No.


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