Trickery, Bolton’s whereabouts part of rivalry loss
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.
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, 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.”
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.