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Strong defensive performance not quite enough for Sooners

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: October 18, 2009 at 8:01 am •  Published: October 18, 2009

DALLAS — Coming out of the pregame tunnel, Gerald McCoy slapped high fives with his Oklahoma teammates before declaring, "You gonna see me."

Texas saw plenty of the defensive tackle and the rest of the Sooner defense, which played valiantly Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.

But despite holding the Longhorns to their lowest point total in three years, Texas held on for a 16-13 win.

"I can't tell you how hard their defense played, how tough they were," said Texas senior quarterback Colt McCoy, who was sacked four times and threw for just 127 yards, his lowest output since his freshman season.

"That is the best defense in the country."

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables came up with a brilliant game plan to shut down Texas' prolific passing attack, particularly star wideout Jordan Shipley, who was held in check with four receptions for 22 yards.

The Sooners employed a series of zone blitzes, a scheme where a defensive lineman drops back in pass coverage and at least one linebacker or defensive back comes on a blitz.

"They had a great scheme, to stop the pass with the zone blitz," Shipley said. "It made it tough."

OU's defense played to win throughout, underscored in the first half when cornerback Brian Jackson had to leave the game momentarily with an injury. Instead of trying to hide his replacement, true freshman Demontre Hurst, the Sooners attacked. Three plays after entering the game, Hurst came on a cornerback blitz and sacked Colt McCoy for a 15-yard loss.

"Personally, I feel we played well on defense," said Gerald McCoy, who had a monster performance and was basically unblockable from the opening snap. "Played our hearts out."