All plays matter but some end up meaning more than others. This week we look at the five plays that told the story for Oklahoma’s shocking loss to Texas.
Longhorns 24, Sooners 17
Play No. 1: Ross fumbles opportunity away
It was in last year’s Red River Showdown where OU kick returner made a dynamic play with a return for touchdown. He played a role Saturday, just not in a positive way.
With Texas up 7-0, Ross was looking to make something special happen on the ensuing return. It appeared he had a lane on the outside, but he cut back toward the middle of the field and fumbled.
Texas recovered at the OU 41 yard line and later punched it in to take a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. At the same point the week before, Texas was down 16-0 at TCU.
Play No. 2: Perine with the block
Texas came out in the second half and made statement, taking nearly seven minutes off the clock before kicking a field goal to make it 17-3.
OU faced third-and-nine at its own 14 yard line and was in danger of letting the game get away from it when Baker Mayfield found Durron Neal for a 17-yard reception.
It was a long throw by Mayfield, only made possible by Samaje Perine’s chip block on a blitzer to make sure Mayfield would have the opportunity.
The drive would end with a Mayfield touchdown pass, and the message was clear – it was going to be an interesting one in Dallas.
Play No. 3: Swoopes emerges again
Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes had already rushed for a touchdown and every time he had touched the ball, he had run.
Until this pivotal play. Facing a third-and-goal at the two, Swoopes looked like he was going to run before stepping back and throwing a touchdown pass.
The Sooners defense had no clue whatsoever that wrinkle was going to be used as there was no defender within five yards of two Texas receivers. It gave the Horns another 14-point advantage.
Play No. 4: Mayfield’s magic act brings OU close
The Sooners wouldn’t go away, at least not Mayfield. He rallied the troops for one more crucial touchdown drive that was highlighted by a nine-yard run on fourth-and-eight at the Texas 37 yard line.
It was a major drive for OU to eventually narrow the gap to 24-17, and at least give it a chance to try to make something special.
Play No. 5: Texas plants Mayfield one more time
But it was not meant to be on this day. After getting an initial first down on its final possession, Mayfield was sacked for the fifth time of the game to put the Sooners in a terrible spot.
Facing a third-and-14, Mayfield was planted one more time as Texas had six sacks on the day to punctuate the upset victory.