Trick­ery, Bolton’s where­abouts part of ri­valry loss

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SOONER POSTGAME - Joe Mus­satto

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Dicker split the up­rights to put Texas on top 48-45 with nine sec­onds left, Ok­la­homa coach Lin­coln Ri­ley led the Soon­ers to a tricky end­ing.

First, Mar­quise Brown tried to cam­ou­flage him­self on the kick­off re­turn. He lied down in his crim­son hel­met and jersey against Ok­la­homa’s crim­son end zone in hopes of spring­ing up and dup­ing the Texas kick­off team.

It didn’t work.

An of­fi­cial caught Brown, rul­ing that a player can’t lie on the ground to be­gin a play. He had to be re­placed, but there was no penalty.

Then, on Ok­la­homa’s first of­fen­sive snap in des­per­a­tion time it was Austin

Ken­dall who lined up at quar­ter­back with start­ing quar­ter­back Kyler Mur­ray in the slot. Texas called time­out, un­der­stand­ably con­fused, but OU stuck with the for­ma­tion.

Ken­dall fum­bled the snap but was able to dish the ball to Brown for a six-yard gain. The cam­ou­flage kick­off cou­pled with Ken­dall’s ap­pear­ance was a bizarre two-play se­quence in a wild Red River Show­down.

Asked af­ter the game if he’d talk through the fi­nal plays, Ri­ley kept it sim­ple.

“No,” he said.

The game ended on the next play with a short pass from Mur­ray to CeeDee

Lamb fol­lowed by a litany of lat­er­als that went nowhere.

Bolton bolts

Se­nior line­backer Cur­tis

Bolton walked out of the sta­dium at half­time, ac­cord­ing to a tweet from Fox 25 pho­to­jour­nal­ist An­thony West.

“Play­ers stopped him be­fore he got too far,” West tweeted as a fol­low-up. “He was yelling and up­set about some­thing.”

Bolton was not avail­able for in­ter­views af­ter the game, but he tweeted two hours af­ter­ward: “I ain’t ever quit­ting on this team, I think me be­ing here for five years shows that. Leave all that ru­mor talk for the bar­ber­shop.”

Bolton was on the field with Ok­la­homa’s de­fense to start the sec­ond half.

“We’re gonna be frus­trated when things aren’t go­ing our way,” sopho­more cor­ner Tre Brown said when asked about Bolton. “It just hap­pens. I un­der­stand why Buzzy was frus­trated. Ev­ery­one was frus­trated, but we need to calm our­selves down in those sit­u­a­tions.”

Dicker’s kick

Dicker, Texas’ clos­ing hero Sat­ur­day, hails from the same Lake Travis High School that pro­duced Baker

May­field. The Longhorns fresh­man was in ju­nior high when May­field was a se­nior at Lake Travis.

Dicker was good on a game-win­ning kick from 40 yards with nine sec­onds left. He also drilled a 44-yard field goal mid­way through the first quar­ter.

“We had done a two-minute drill to start ev­ery Tues­day prac­tice for the past three weeks need­ing a field goal,” Texas coach

Tom Her­man said. “Ev­ery time, our of­fense has gone down and put our kicker in a po­si­tion to kick it, and he’s made it ev­ery time.”

Ex­tra points

ESPN’s Col­lege Game­Day

broad­casted from the Cot­ton Bowl on Sat­ur­day. Kirk Herb­streit, Lee Corso

and Des­mond Howard all picked Ok­la­homa to win, as did guest picker Toby Keith who was po­si­tioned be­hind a gi­gan­tic red Solo Cup.

Brown’s 77-yard touch­down re­cep­tion was the long­est ever for Ok­la­homa against Texas. It was his fifth ca­reer touch­down catch of 75 yards or longer.

Texas’ 48 points were its most-ever against Ok­la­homa.

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Jmus­satto@ ok­la­homan.com

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