Oklahoma football: The five plays that set the tone in OU's blowout win over Texas
DALLAS — The Cotton Bowl erupted as the Sooners' plays changed the game. They didn't know what was happening or if they would hold onto the ball.
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They just knew this was the Red River Rivalry, and this was the game to win — and win big.
Oklahoma made five major game-changing plays during their 63-21 rout of the Longhorns in Dallas that left them with their flag staked at midfield.
Here is a look at those five plays:
GREEN MEANS GO
Damien Williams saw green, eventually.
Oklahoma's running back was handed the ball on the first play of the opening drive. Through the first two drives he went forward two yards, back one, forward 6, back five, back one.
Then came the Sooners' third drive. Oklahoma was on its own five-yard line when quarterback Landry Jones placed the ball in Williams' hands just inside Texas' end zone.
Williams made one cut and took off. By the time he reached the 40-yard-line, Texas' cornerback Quandre Diggs was a yard behind Williams and gaining.
That's when wide receiver Kenny Stills charged Diggs with a loud hit and made what OU defensive end R.J. Washington called a play as “physical as the big boys” make.
“Kenny's known to mop somebody up when they're not paying attention,” Washington said.
Stills' block freed to finish the long run — while wide receivers coach Jay Norvell sprinted the sidelines in celebration — for Oklahoma's first score.
Williams' 95-yard touchdown run was the longest rush in the 107 years of the Red River Rivalry.
“I was just trying to be patient, waiting for things to clear in front of me,” Williams said. “You can't be patient for too long. You gotta get it sooner or later.”
THE MILLARD HIGH LIFE
Trey Millard ran past Texas. He ran over Texas.
And in the second quarter, when Texas tried to hit him high and low at the same time — Millard hurdled one defender, stiff-armed another and ran for 35 yards after contact.
Fans deemed the hurdle all sorts of things: Air Millard, Trey Train, Flight No. 33 and the Millard High Life.
Millard laughed at the names for his combo hurdle-block but said he didn't know it happened until teammates told him after.
“I knew there were two guys there,” Millard said. “I didn't really know what happened to the second one, but I knew he didn't tackle me, but I was just trying to run for my life.”