DALLAS — A renovated Cotton Bowl. Two top-five teams. The biggest crowd ever to see the Sooners play. The most points ever scored in OU-Texas. This was an historic game from which you couldn't avert your eyes. But the Sooners did on this gorgeous Saturday. Oklahoma blinked. In a convergence of 20th-century drama and 21st-century offense, fifth-ranked Texas stared down No. 1 Oklahoma in the fourth quarter and won a 45-35 classic. The better team won. That's what Okies prayed for in pregame, but turns out the Longhorns were the superior squad. Don't believe it? What other deduction is possible? Every time OU scored one of its five touchdowns, Texas immediately answered with a score of its own. The Longhorns won the kicking game, with Jordan Shipley's 96-yard kickoff return another sign that the Sooners are clueless about that Achilles heel. The Longhorns could run the ball (outgained OU 161-48). And the Longhorns had a quarterback, Colt McCoy, just as salty as Sooner stud Sam Bradford. That's a recipe for victory every time. And when OU had a chance to make this Saturday something special, to stage a fourth-quarter rally that would preserve its spot atop the polls, the Sooners went splat. After UT took a 38-35 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Sooners withered. First with an unimaginative three-play drive that ended with a punt, after Bob Stoops decided he'd gambled enough. A fake punt in the third quarter backfired on OU, leading to a Texas touchdown, but at least that was vintage Stoops. Bold. Aggressive. That's the way the Sooners win. Yet with less than seven minutes left, and OU's defense sucking wind, Stoops didn't want to gamble on fourth-and-2 from the Sooner 46-yard line. “Probably should have,” Stoops said. “One of those situations, so much time, you think you can come up with a stop.” Uh, no. The Longhorns had gone touchdown, field goal, touchdown on their previous three drives, and when McCoy slipped a little pass to tailback Chris Ogbonnaya for 10 yards on third-and-4, that No. 1 ranking started slipping from crimson fingers. On the next play, it fell into the abyss. Ogbonnaya dashed 62 yards to the 2-yard line, and for just the second time in nine tries, Texas had felled a No. 1-ranked Oklahoma team. Texas coach Mack Brown talked about what an epic game it was, and he was right. But it also was epic disappointment. Bad enough to lose, but to lose the fourth quarter to a coach and school that OU once lorded over? The Sooners aren't who we thought they were. “We felt like if we had the ball close to the end, we could score,” said OU flanker Manny Johnson. Instead, Texas made the plays. Texas made the touchdowns. Texas wears the Golden Hat. And Texas turned the Sooners into so many scoreboard watchers the rest of this autumn. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080. Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.