No. 20 Soon­ers earn 45-40 win over Texas

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Stephen Hawkins

Baker May­field first donned the gi­ant gold cowboy hat — awarded to the win­ner of the Red River ri­valry — then ran around the field with the Ok­la­homa Soon­ers flag.

The Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back who grew up in the Austin area also made three long sprints down the field dur­ing the game. Those were to the end zone to cel­e­brate touch­down passes to Dede West­brook as the 20th-ranked Soon­ers held on to win 45-40 over the be­lea­guered Texas Longhorns on Satur­day in the an­nual game May­field knows so much about.

“It’s spe­cial to me. Very spe­cial,” May­field said. “I’ve been wait­ing a long time to ac­tu­ally come away with a win against these guys.”

West­brook set a sin­glegame Soon­ers record with 232 yards re­ceiv­ing on 10 catches, in­clud­ing three TDs longer than 40 yards .

“He’s got track-type speed,” May­field said.

Af­ter their 71-yard scor­ing hookup in the sec­ond quar­ter, the long­est TD pass ever by the Soon­ers (32, 2-0 Big 12) against Texas, May­field sprinted along the Ok­la­homa side­line, then to­ward the mid­dle of the field to ac­knowl­edge crim­son-clad fans on the op­po­site side of the sta­dium be­fore go­ing to the end zone to meet up with West­brook. They cel­e­brated again af­ter TDs of 47 and 42 yards in the third quar­ter.

“You just look at the plays we gave up,” Char­lie Strong said, the em­bat­tled thirdyear Texas coach who has taken over call­ing the de­fen­sive plays. “You can’t give up home runs thrown over your head.”

May­field lost to Texas as a fresh­man at Texas Tech in 2013 be­fore trans­fer­ring to Ok­la­homa, where he sat out a year be­fore los­ing as the Soon­ers starter last Oc­to­ber. This time, he com­pleted 22 of 31 passes for 390 yards and over­came two in­ter­cep­tions in the first quar­ter, and a fum­ble in the fi­nal minute that his big right tackle Bobby Evans re­cov­ered.

Sa­maje Per­ine added 214 yards and two touch­downs rush­ing on 35 car­ries as Ok­la­homa piled up 672 to­tal yards in the high­est-scor­ing game in the his­tory of the ri­valry.

Texas (2-3, 0-2) led af­ter two long TD passes by fresh­man quar­ter­back Shane Buechele in the first 4 ½ min­utes af­ter half­time. But Ok­la­homa went ahead for good when a May­field 4-yard TD run made it 2827.

While Ok­la­homa had four turnovers, Texas only turned those into three points.

“Very for­tu­nate to lose the turnover bat­tle the way we did and still win,” Soon­ers coach Bob Stoops said.


Ok­la­homa: While far from per­fect, the Soon­ers are off to a good start in their pur­suit of a 10th Big 12 ti­tle. The Soon­ers are also on the way to over­com­ing the dis­ap­point­ment of those two early non-con­fer­ence losses that quickly elim­i­nated any re­al­is­tic chance of re­turn­ing to the College Foot­ball Play­off for the sec­ond year in a row.

May­field and West­brook have de­vel­oped quite a con­nec­tion (five TDs, all of at least 40 yards, in two Big 12 games).

Texas: A loss in­creases the heat on Strong af­ter the Longhorns gave up more than 40 points for the fourth time this sea­son, and more than 500 yards for the third con­sec­u­tive game. But the Longhorns need to keep tak­ing shots down the field with Buechele, who had TD passes of 63 yards (to Devin Duver­nay) and 45 yards (to Dorian Leonard ) in the sec­ond half.

Wild end­ing

Af­ter D’onta Fore­man’s 22-yard TD run for the Longhorns with 1:45 left, they al­most got a huge break when May­field fum­bled while be­ing sacked on third down, but Ok­la­homa re­cov­ered and punted. Texas had a fi­nal wild play, com­plet­ing sev­eral lat­er­als and go­ing for­ward at least 20 yards be­fore even­tu­ally los­ing 9 — af­ter a fi­nal de­clined penalty for an il­le­gal for­ward pass. Fore­man fin­ished with 159 yards rush­ing and two touch­downs.

Poll im­pli­ca­tions

A more lop­sided score for Ok­la­homa prob­a­bly would have caught the at­ten­tion of more vot­ers , es­pe­cially those who might not have tuned into for the less than must-see Red River game match­ing 2-2 teams.

If not for all the mis­cues, the Soon­ers likely would have had a big­ger mar­gin. They may jump a spot or two, but are still a long way from the No. 3 spot they had to start the sea­son.

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