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OU vs. Texas: Sooners have dominated Longhorns the last two years

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 10, 2013

DALLAS — Two Octobers ago, Oklahoma fan Clayton Kelley managed to persuade Lydia, his then-girlfriend and a Texas fan, to sit through four quarters of the Sooners' 55-17 rout.

She was happy she stayed when Clayton pulled out a ring and proposed as OU players celebrated on the Cotton Bowl field.

The Kelleys also sat through all of last year's 63-21 Oklahoma victory.

“Last year, I joked with him: I got a ring last year, what do I get this year?” Lydia Kelley remembered. “It's hard. He's pretty nice to me after the game. We made a rule, no trash talking right after the game.”

Over the 14-season Bob Stoops vs. Mack Brown era, the OU-Texas game has often determined the Big 12 champion and helped propel the programs to one national title each. But in four of those years — including the last two — the Sooners turned the Red River Rivalry into stunning Red River Routs with 38- or more-point victories.

The Longhorns' five wins over Stoops-led OU teams have been closer, with one exception — a 45-12 drubbing in 2005 when quarterback Vince Young ultimately led Texas to the national title.

Texas entered the 2013 season with lofty goals, including a potential return to national contention, but has already lost two nonconference blowouts and appears mightily overmatched for Saturday's 11 a.m. game against the unbeaten Sooners.

Oklahoma is a two-touchdown favorite, and Texas fans are dumping their tickets for below face-value on the secondary market, with several North-side seats available for under $100.

Moving forward, the Kelleys had agreed to always sit on the previous year's winner's side of the Cotton Bowl. But with Texas-side tickets going for so cheap, Clayton agreed to watch the game surrounded by rival fans.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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