Oklahoma and Texas have generated some great games, some great players and some great moments over the years. As the two teams prepare for their 120th meeting on Saturday, Sooners Illustrated presents a trio of top fives from the Bob Stoops era.
Top 5 moments
5. Running back Damien Williams breaks a 95-yard run in 2012 – Williams snuck through the middle of the defense and caught a big block from Kenny Stills to race down the sideline for what is still the third longest run in Oklahoma history. It kick started 30 unanswered points in a rout of Texas.
4. Zack Sanchez and Alex Ross take it back for a touchdown in 2014 – In a game muddled with offensive issues, Sanchez and Ross saved the day. Both brought back touchdowns to avoid an upset and keep Stoops from losing back-to-back regular season games for the first time since 1999, his first year.
3. Sam Bradford throws for five touchdowns in a 2008 shootout – In the only blemish of the season, Bradford and Texas Colt McCoy engineered a shootout that was one of the greatest games in the history of the rivalry. Bradford threw for 387 yards and five touchdowns, the most passing touchdowns in Oklahoma history by a player not named Landry Jones.
2. Roy Williams goes all Superman and Teddy Lehman walks into the end zone in 2001 – It’s probably the most memorable single play of the Stoops era. Williams leaps over a cut block to jar the ball loose, and Lehman catches it and walks into the end zone from a yard or two out. Pure Sooner Magic to seal the game that was still in doubt.
1. Quentin Griffin runs for six touchdowns in the rain in 2000 – Griffin helped kick start five straight wins in the rivalry in what was then the highest-profile game Stoops had coached in to date. Oklahoma won by 49 and went on to top Kansas State and Nebraska in the next two weeks.
Top 5 players
5. Jammal Brown, OL, 2001-04: The two-time All-American was 3-0 as a starter against the Longhorns. He was never even on campus for a loss.
4. Roy Williams, DB, 1999-01: He’s responsible for the most memorable single play in recent memory in the Red River Showdown and was dominant in his three years.
3. Jimmy Wilkerson, DL, 2000-02: Wilkerson is still Oklahoma’s career leader in sacks against Texas with four. He had three sacks in 2001 – the most in a single game against the Longhorns
2. Quentin Griffin, RB, 1999-02: He has his school record six touchdowns in 2000, but Griffin also had 248 yards and two touchdowns in 2002 – an 11-point victory. He finished his career with nine touchdowns against the Longhorns.
1. Jason White, QB, 2001-04: Directly responsible for three victories against Texas, White was with the Sooners for four-straight wins. White saved the day as a freshman and went 2-0 in the Red River Showdown in his final two seasons at Oklahoma.
Top 5 games
5. Texas 45, Oklahoma 35 – 2008: We start with a loss, only because it was one of the greatest games in the rivalry’s history – although not the result Oklahoma would have wanted. Sam Bradford throws for five touchdowns, but Texas scores 15 points in the final eight minutes to pull out a win. It also kick-started a controversy when Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech tied atop the Big 12 Conference standings
4. Oklahoma 63, Texas 21 – 2012: This could have been considered the ‘Era of Good Feeling’ for Oklahoma in the rivalry under Stoops. Combined with the previous year and Blake Bell’s four touchdowns in the contest, this route gave Oklahoma a 118-38 point advantage in just two seasons. Landry Jones won his third straight game as starting quarterback.
3. Oklahoma 12, Texas 0 – 2004: This was an ultimate slugfest of defenses with the only touchdown coming with eight minutes to go. Adrian Peterson finished with 225 yards on 32 carries to help Oklahoma forced the first shutout of Texas in 281 games – since 1980.
2. Oklahoma 28, Texas 21 – 2007: The stars were out for this one. Sam Bradford vs. Colt McCoy. Jamaal Charles vs. DeMarco Murray. Jermaine Gresham and Malcolm Kelly, who scored the game-winning touchdown were there, too. Bradford was playing in just his sixth college game.
1. Oklahoma 63, Texas 14 – 2000: Was this the game that kick-started the Sooners’ national championship run? It was the biggest game Stoops had coached in by far. Griffin helped with his school record. The defense held Texas for negative rushing yards. This game fueled a national championship run and five straight wins against the Longhorns.