OU/UT: Quarter-by-Quarter

In this feature we take a quarter-by-quarter look at the Red River Rivalry game and break down all of the day's scoring action….

First Quarter (OU 7, UT 3):

Well the Sooners started off the Red River game just like they started off against UT-Chattanooga, with a first drive touchdown. The big play on the drive was a huge 34-yard pass to DeMarco Murray who popped wide open off a fake reverse. Jermaine Gresham also had a couple key catches on the drive, but on third down and goal Sam Bradford showed great poise and threw a tremendous pass to Manuel Johnson right on the goal line for the first score of the day to make it 7-0 OU.

Texas wasted little time in answering the scoring drive with one of their own as they showed that their no huddle offense presents a lot of problems. The big play of the drive came on a long strike from Colt McCoy to Quan Cosby down the sideline, but the OU defense would tighten down inside the 10-yard line and would force Texas to attempt a field goal. The Horns would make good on the short attempt to cut the lead to 7-3.

Second Quarter (OU 21, UT 20):

The Sooners would open the second quarter with a touchdown just like the first to pull out to a 14-3 lead. It was a methodical drive for the score, but Ryan Broyles got his Rivalry fame by having four catches on the drive. The touchdown would come on a weird play where Gresham looked to have a certain TD catch but the ball would slip out of his hands right in to Broyles' who was standing in the end-zone at the right place and at the right time.

Texas would answer the score right back with a 96-yard kick-off return by Jordan Shipley. On the run he was virtually untouched and the OU kick-off coverage struggles continue.

The score fest is on! Oklahoma would come back and score on a 52-yard touchdown pass to Gresham, who popped open the sidelines in what was obviously a busted coverage. The play was set-up by a good gain by Manuel Johnson on a middle screen on second and long. The Sooners would pull back out in front by 11 at 21-10.

UT would go on an impressive 80-yard drive to draw back to with in four at 21-17. On the drive Colt McCoy would pick apart the OU defense by dropping in short little passes against the zone defense. OU would have a chance to stop them short of a touchdown, but big running back Cody Johnson would show off his power running game and blast it in from one-yard out.

An Earl Thomas interception of Sam Bradford would set-up the final score of the first half and Hunter Lawrence would put in his second field goal of the day on a 33 yarder to make it 21-20 in favor of the Sooners.

Third Quarter(OU 28, UT 30):

Oklahoma probably wishes it could be the first drive every drive. They took their first drive of the second half six plays and 51 yards to score a touchdown and go up 28-20. They continued to exploit the middle of the Texas defense with screen plays to Manny Johnson and that is what they eventually score on from 14 yards out.

Texas continues to answer the Sooners, and a big 30 run by Chris Ogbonnaya would help secure a short Jordan Shipley touchdown catch. The drive would be yet another long one as the Horns marched 89 yards down field in 12 plays. The biggest news besides the score may have been the fact that Ryan Reynolds went down during the drive with what looked like yet another knee injury.

A fake punt by Bob Stoops would allow the Horns to take over with great field position and they would take advantage. A long Colt McCoy run would put them down inside the OU 30-yard line and after Lamont Robinson dropped a sure fire interception in the end-zone UT would tack on a 28-yard field goal to pull ahead for the first time 30-28.

Fourth Quarter (UT 45, OU 35):

It would be a Texas mistake that would allow Oklahoma to recapture the lead. On a punt attempt on 4th and four Texas would run in to punter Mike Knall to give the Sooners a first down at the fifty. A few plays later Bradford would hit Manuel Johnson on a 14-yard touchdown strike.

Texas would answer right back with yet another answer drive to re-capture the lead. McCoy would keep hooking up with Shipley in the middle of the field and a long pass would take the ball down to the one-yard line where Cody Johnson would pound in his second score of the day. UT would add a two-point conversion to make it 38-35 Horns.

Texas would put the game out of reach when Ogbonnaya would rumble 62 yards down field to the two-yard line. Cody Johnson would score his third touchdown of the day two plays later and give UT the final 45-35 lead.


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