The State Fair of Texas is filled with rides, mechanical masses designed to lift, swoop, swing and drop until the rider is staggers away dazed. Saturday, the Longhorns found out that rides are available inside the Cotton Bowl as well, with Oklahoma dizzying Texas early on its way to a 63-21 stomping that ranks as the fifth-most lopsided margin in Red River history.
"I don't think we came out with the same intensity and swagger as those guys," said Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs. "You've just got to learn. We should know now. The last two years they came out and just beat us really bad."
The Sooners showed intensity from the start, jumping out to a 36-2 halftime advantage by putting up 407 total yards, including a 95-yard Damien Williams run and a 73-yard catch-and-run by Trey Millard. Even when Carringon Byndom returned a Landry Jones pass for an interception early in the second half, the Sooners responded by scoring four more times before the Longhorns could add another.
Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said the Williams run was the biggest play of the first half, and the fact that the Sooners were able to run the ball well all day — 343 yards — made a huge difference.
"If you can't stop the run, you open up the whole playbook for the offense," said Texas safety Vaccaro. "It's disappointing, but it is what it is."
On the flip side, the Longhorns averaged 3.2 yards per carry and struggled to get anything going.
"We tried to run the ball some, and we just couldn't do it, so that's credit to them," Brown said. "If you can't stop the run and you can't protect, it's hard to get much done on offense."
The offense also didn't see much of the ball in the first half, gaining just two first downs and allowing the Sooners to have the ball for more than 21 minutes.
"I thought we stayed on the field so much that some of the guys got tired, so we had to substitute quite a bit," Brown said. "They had 400 yards on offense the first half, we had 65. On offense, we weren't out there long enough to quit."
The Sooners scored first on a 75-yard drive, but Chris Whaley blocked the punt and Diggs scooped up the loose ball and ran it back for two points. Later, the Longhorns, thanks to a great punt from Alex King, pinned the Sooners down at the five yard line. But two plays later Williams broke free for his long touchdown run, one that was completed after receiver Kenny Stills made an outstanding effort to make a clear-out block along the sideline. That spurred the Sooners' first-half run that never left the game in doubt.
Texas didn't score its first offensive points until backup quarterback Case McCoy hit Mike Davis for a 44-yard touchdown with 4:43 left in the game. The Longhorns entered the contest as a top-six scoring offense. David Ash injured his wrist, and no medical evaluations were made available.
"It's unacceptable," Brown said. "That's the way I feel, that's the way the players feel and how the coaches feel. It's not a proud moment for us. We just have to make sure that we don't forget this, learn from it, move forward and try to win next week. We can't sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. We're sitting in the same spot we were this time last year, so we have to go finish better than we did last year."
Brown said that the Sooners were "as good as anybody in the Big 12," but that didn't make him happy with the Longhorns' performance.
"It's just unacceptable for Texas to lose like that to Oklahoma, much less anybody, especially two years in a row," Brown said. "I'm disappointed for our coaches, fans and players. That's not who we are."
Oklahoma — Blake Bell 8 run (kick blocked), 8:48 1Q
TEXAS — Quandre Diggs PAT return, 8:48 1Q
Oklahoma — Damien Williams 95 run (Michael Hunnicutt kick), 4:09 1Q
Oklahoma — Bell 1 run (Hunnicutt kick), 12:39 2Q
Oklahoma — Bell 1 run (Hunnicutt kick), 9:41 2Q
Oklahoma — Team Safety, 6:28 2Q
Oklahoma — Bell 1 run (Hunnicutt kick), 3:28 2Q
TEXAS — Carrington Byndom 28 interception return (kick failed), 12:43 3Q
Oklahoma — Hunnicutt 36 FG, 7:42 3Q
Oklahoma — Trey Millard 25 pass from Landry Jones (Hunnicutt kick), 1:25 3Q
Oklahoma — Hunnicutt 32 FG, 14:02 4Q
Oklahoma — Justin Brown 14 pass from Jones (Hunnicutt kick), 6:41 4Q
TEXAS — Mike Davis 44 pass from Case McCoy (Nick Jordan kick), 4:43 4Q
Oklahoma — Brennan Clay 1 run (Hunnicutt kick), 2:15 4Q
TEXAS — John Harris 19 pass from McCoy, 0:00 4Q