DALLAS -- After losing four straight games to Oklahoma, Texas came into Saturday's annual Red River Shootout with a revamped offense and new defense. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, neither worked.
True freshman running back Adrian Peterson led the Oklahoma offense with his fifth-straight 100-yard game, while the Sooner defense shutdown running back Cedric Benson and shutout the Longhorns for the first time in 24 years in their 12-0 win in front of a record crowd (79,587) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Benson, who was the nation's leading rusher coming into Saturday averaging 186.5 yards per game, was held under 100 yards for the first time this season. Benson finished with 92 yards on 23 carries.
"We knew coming in that we had to stop the running game," said Sooner senior defensive end Jonathan Jackson. "They were the leading rushing team in the nation. We focused on stopping the run all week and we came out here today and took care of it."
"They're really good," said Texas Head Coach Mack Brown on Oklahoma's defense. "They play hard and they're well coached. The difference in our offense and their defense is that we couldn't convert on third downs. That's what we were concerned about going into the game and we didn't convert enough third downs to stay on the field."
Oklahoma's gameplan was to stop the run and force Texas quarterback Vince Young to pass. And that plan worked perfectly as Young only completed 8 of his 23 pass attempts for 86 yards.
"We put a lot of guys in the box to stop the run because we knew that's what they wanted to come out and establish," said Jackson. "We had watched a lot of their other games. We knew if we took away the running game, we'd have a great chance to win."
"Coming in, I thought people didn't recognize or give our guys enough credit," said Stoops on his defense. "I felt all along that we are on the verge of really playing well defensively. Our defensive coaches did a great job."
The Sooners battled poor field position for most of the first half, but still managed to move the ball on the ground with Peterson.
In fact, it was Peterson who carried the ball for over 70 yards on the Sooners' only scoring drive of the first half, which resulted in a 22-yard Trey DiCarlo field goal with six seconds left in the second quarter.
Oklahoma would later extend the lead with 5:33 to go in the third quarter when DiCarlo capped a 10-play, 48-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal.
The Sooners put the game away for good with 8:07 left in the game when Kejuan Jones scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 12-0.
Peterson finished with a career-high with 225 yards on 32 carries and set up all three of the Sooners' scoring drives with big runs. Jones also ran well carrying the ball 15 times for 63 yards backing up Peterson.
"We expected to be able to run the football and it wasn't just Adrian," said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "I think our offensive line and the way they played are all a part of running the ball. We're improving with it. Adrian again came up with some great big plays and broke some tackles. Kejuan came in and complemented Adrian well and made a difference."
"I was looking forward to the game," said Peterson, who broke a 44-yard run on his first carry. "Getting to come to Texas and play against Texas. It was a really great experience. I just went out there and ran the ball hard."
Brown was also impressed with the Palestine, Texas native who grew up a Longhorn fan.
"Peterson's really good," said Brown. "He's going to be a great player at OU. We knew that. I thought he made some great plays today. He's really tough. I thought our guys hit him really well. He took a lot of good hits – he's a tough guy."
In all, the Sooners outgained the Longhorns 414 to 240.
"I want to let my players know how much I appreciate them, their toughness, their hard work, preparation coming into the game and the way they fought hard today through four quarters," said Stoops after the win. "It's not easy to do and they work hard. I also have to compliment Texas. It was a hard fought game, really a clean, well-played game. It was a good solid win."
"I would like to congratulate OU," Brown said. "They came prepared and I thought they played great. They're a great football team.
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