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."
But a key stretch beginning with 7:36 to go in the second quarter proved to be a turning point.
A pair of special teams fumbles and two straight three-and-outs for the Sooner offense kept OU's defense on the field for 35 of the next 41 snaps.
The defense withstood the bombardment best they could. But the emotional and physical drain of having to defend so many plays seemed to get the best of them.
"I'm proud of our guys, how they prepared," said Venables, who refused to use that 35-play grind as an excuse for his defense giving up 10 quick points to start the third quarter. "They fought incredibly hard."
Even after Texas intercepted Landry Jones at the OU 20 late in the fourth quarter, the defense continued to fight down 16-13.
And nearly came up with the game-winning touchdown.
On third-and-2 from the Sooner 12, Colt McCoy tried to force a pass on a slant pattern to his right. Jackson stepped in front of the intended receiver for the pick and had only the Texas quarterback to beat to the end zone.
But Colt McCoy tripped up Jackson near the sideline, and the Longhorn defense intercepted Jones again to end the game.
"Our guys responded throughout," Venables said. "They continued to fight.
"And gave us a chance to win at the end."