The Texas defense has made huge gains under defensive coordinator Greg Robinson. Entering Saturday's matchup, it knew any chance it had to beat OU started and ended with being able to contain its 17th-ranked run game.
"We've got to have everybody flying to the ball," Chris Whaley said. "Playing relentless to the ball."
Whaley and the unit did just that- holding Oklahoma to just 263 total yards and 13 offensive points, containing Blake Bell and the Sooners to just 2-of-13 (15%) on third-down conversions and 0-1 on fourth down attempts. Additionally, the Longhorn defense forced two turnovers, including a Chris Whaley interception for a 31-yard touchdown.
Chris Whaley, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior defensive tackle whose 31-yard pick-six of Blake Bell provided the Longhorns with all momentum early in the first half, was originally recruited as a running back. He admitted it felt good and "brought back good memories having the ball in his hands again," running opponents over en route to the endzone.