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.