Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sooners Defeat Longhorns in Red River Showdown, 45-40

The result of this year’s Red River Showdown -- Oklahoma 45, Texas 40 -- does precisely what we expect from rivalries of this magnitude: Oklahoma further saved its season and further spoiled Texas'.

A Texas team whose defense is still in serious disarray attempted to engage the Sooners in a second-half shootout. Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine and Dede Westbrook reminded everyone they’re the wrong guys to mess with in a scoring fest.

Mayfield threw for 390 yards, Perine rumbled for 214, and Westbrook broke OU’s single-game receiving record with 232 yards to help break a Longhorns team that’s now on a three-game losing streak and making Charlie Strong’s job harder and harder every week.

Strong’s hot-seat status might continue to dominate headlines after this one, but let’s not overlook how much the Sooners needed this one. They had revenge on their minds, not just for the 23-17 upset loss to Texas a year ago but for the 1-2 start that bounced them out of the College Football Playoff hunt. (More at ESPN.com)


QUARTER-BY-QUARTER
Team1234F
Texas310141340
20 Oklahoma77211045
TEAM STATS
Stat UTOU
First Downs 2328 
Total Yards 425672 
Pass Comp-Yards19-245 22-390 
Rushes-Yards46-180 55-282 
Penalties-Yards2-10 5-55 
3rd Down Conversions7-18 8-14 
4th Down Conversions1-1 0-0 
Fumbles Lost
Interceptions 2
Time of Possession24:20 35:40 

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