Longhorns stam­pede No. 10 Soon­ers

Texas has six sacks, rushes for 313 yards

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY RALPH D. RUSSO

dal­las — Another Ok­la­homaTexas game that seemed set up for the Soon­ers to dom­i­nate ended with a Longhorns vic­tory. Another Ok­la­homa sea­son filled with prom­ise has been redi­rected in early Oc­to­ber when least ex­pected.

Ty­rone Swoopes threwa touch­down pass and ran for another score to lead Texas to a 24-17 vic­tory against No. 10 Ok­la­homa on Satur­day.

The Soon­ers got be­hind, 14-0, in the first quar­ter and never re­cov­ered.

“It didn’t get away,” Ok­la­homa Coach Bob Stoops said. “I mean 14 points isn’t away. It surely didn’t start off great, but in the end I do feel like we were ready.”

Coach Char­lie Strong’s Longhorns (2-4, 1-2 Big 12) came to Dal­las in the midst of the pro­gram’s worst start in 59 years and as a 17-point un­der­dog to the Soon­ers (4-1, 1-1). It’s been noth­ing but tur­moil and ex­cru­ci­at­ing losses for the Longhorns so far, but Strong’s de­fense sacked Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Baker May­field six times and his of­fense ran for 313 yards.

“They had been in some tight, tough games, and we knew what they were ca­pa­ble of,” Stoops said.

Jer­rod Heard mostly guided the Texas of­fense with 168 to­tal yards, 115 rush­ing, and Swoopes played fin­isher near the goal line. His two-yard touch­down flip to Caleb Blui­ett with 13 min­utes 52 sec­onds left in the fourth quar­ter made it 24-10.

Ok­la­homa re­sponded with a long scor­ing drive capped by Sa­maje Per­ine’s one-yard touch­down run to cut it to 24-17 with 8:00 min­utes left.

Ok­la­homa got the ball back with 6:05 re­main­ing, but two sacks, the last by Naashon Hughes and Poona Ford, forced a punt. The Longhorns churned out three first downs to kill the clock and take the 110th meet­ing be­tween the Red River ri­vals. “We needed this,” Strong said. Texas is 6-2 since 1989 in Red River games in which it was un­ranked and the Soon­ers were ranked.

May­field was 20 for 28 for 211 yards and a touch­down pass, but Per­ine was held to 36 yards on 10 car­ries.

“It was noth­ing un­usual in their game plan,” May­field said. “It was just they were do­ing ba­sic things that they needed to do, and we weren’t do­ing that early on to­day.”

Texas swarmed May­field on a third-and-long play and Strong was 10 yards on to the play­ing field to greet his de­fense with hand slaps and pats on the back. It was the first of four sacks in the first half for Texas.

“They were the more phys­i­cal team to­day,” Ok­la­homa of­fen­sive line­man Ty Dar­ling­ton said.

The Longhorns’ of­fense fed off that energy, too. They took the lead on a 24-yard shovel pass sweep from Heard to Mar­cus John­son. Ok­la­homa fum­bled away the en­su­ing kick­off and Texas turned the short field into a three-yard touch­down plunge by Swoopes.


“We needed this,” said Texas Coach Char­lie Strong, cel­e­brat­ing af­ter the Longhorns pulled out a phys­i­cal win over archri­val Ok­la­homa.

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