Excitability, postgame celebration hats among best, worst of game
ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Oklahoma claimed its fourth consecutive Big 12 Championship with a 39-27 win against Texas on Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Here’s a look at the best and worst from the game.
Best reaction: Ruffin McNeill
Defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill dialed up a fourth-quarter blitz that sent OU cornerback Tre Brown on a beeline for Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger.
Brown sacked Ehlinger in the end zone for a game-changing safety with 8:27 left. TV cameras showed McNeill’s reaction to the play, except there was no reaction — not even the slightest of smiles or fist pumps.
Apparently the non-celebratory celebration is a trademark of McNeill’s.
Worst review: Texas interception
No one has figured this one out.
On OU’s first drive of the game, Kyler Murray’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Texas safety Caden Sterns. A flag was thrown on the play — a face mask penalty against the Longhorns.
Because the flag was thrown during the play, the interception was inconsequential. But instead of moving on and awarding OU an automatic first down, the play was reviewed to see if Sterns secured the interception.
He did, but it was still an OU first down. So why the review?
Best postgame attire: Samia, Ford hats
Oklahoma guard Dru Samia came into the postgame interview room with a gold straw hat with an upside-down Longhorn mounted to the front of it. Inside the Longhorn was an OU logo.
Samia and fellow offensive lineman Cody Ford were given the hats by a young fan after the game.
Worst much ado about nothing:
The Horns Down discussion dominated the lead-up to the game, but it had no effect on the actual game.
No Sooner was flagged for making the hand gesture.
Ford flashed a Horns Down as he ran out of the tunnel before the game, but that was about it until the Sooners celebrated free of penalty after the game.
Best show of unity: Pregame remembrance
The rival fan bases came together in applause as the late George H.W. Bush was honored before the game. The 41st president died at the age of 94 Friday night at his home in Houston.
“We want Bama”
No you don’t. No one wants to play the Crimson Tide.
But this time Sooner fans get a pass. OU’s playoff chances hinged upon Alabama beating Georgia in the SEC Championship game.
Oklahoma’s Dru Samia celebrates after the Sooners’ Big 12 Championship victory over Texas on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The hat Samia is wearing was given to him by a young fan.