Longhorns stampede No. 10 Sooners
Texas has six sacks, rushes for 313 yards
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.