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Red River routs: A look at the four recent blowouts in the OU-Texas series

Since Bob Stoops took over in 1999, Oklahoma has blown out Texas four times, including each of the last two seasons. Here's a look at each of the blowouts and how they went down.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 10, 2013

Since Bob Stoops took over in 1999, Oklahoma has blown out Texas four times, including each of the last two seasons. Each rout has been a bit different. Here's a look at each of the blowouts and how they went down:


Oklahoma 63, Texas 21

How the blowout happened: The Sooner defense was dominant, not allowing a first down until the Longhorns' fifth drive. Even that momentum was short-lived as Aaron Colvin intercepted David Ash on the next play. On offense, the Sooners did a little bit of everything, setting the tone with a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to start the game but breaking off a few long plays as well, including Damien Williams' 95-yard touchdown that was sprung by a Kenny Stills block near the sidelines.

When it got out of hand: When Trey Millard caught a swing pass from Landry Jones early in the second quarter and went 73 yards. While the gain was nice, what Millard had to do to get there — simultaneously hurdling one defender while delivering a jarring stiff-arm to another showed just how physically dominant the Sooners were over the Longhorns in last season's game. Three plays later, the Sooners scored to go up 27-2.

Star of the game: Blake Bell. Jones did plenty of the heavy lifting, helping the Sooners march down the field on several long drives. But it was Bell that finished most of them off. The Belldozer scored four first-half touchdowns to help OU to a 36-2 halftime lead.


Oklahoma 55, Texas 17

How the blowout happened: This one took longer to develop. Three defensive touchdowns — a Demontre Hurst interception return late in the first half and fumble returns by David King and Jamell Fleming in the second half — helped the Sooners run away with this one. OU led just 6-3 after one but 28 second-quarter points helped it take a commanding lead into halftime. The Sooners ran the ball just 19 times in the game — 13 by Dominique Whaley — as Landry Jones completed 31 passes without an interception.

When it got out of hand: After Hurst's 55-yard interception return late in the second quarter put the Sooners up 27-3, Texas got right back in the game by returning the kickoff for a touchdown. But Oklahoma needed just seven plays to drive 83 yards for a touchdown just before half, with Kenny Stills catching a 14-yard touchdown pass with 0:31 left in the second. Texas got the ball to start the second but Frank Alexander's sack of Case McCoy on third down knocked the ball free and King returned it 19 yards for a touchdown to put the Sooners up 41-10.

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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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