The bus ride from Dallas to Norman has recently been a long one for the Oklahoma Sooners. But this year it’s a little different.
A win by the 8th ranked Sooners would put them in a good spot in the Big 12 South and on the national scene. A loss by the 21st ranked Texas Longhorns could knock them out of the top 25. The stage was set for another big Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl.
OU came out strong early on. RB DeMarco Murray took the handoff and made the necessary moves around the Longhorn defense to find the endzone. You could feel the momentum swinging to Sooner Nation.
UT answered back after a DJ Monroe 60-yard dash to paydirt. But OU later countered with Murray tip toeing down the sideline and crossing the goal line.
The Longhorns cut the lead down to 28-20 when the almost impossible happened. Jones, trying to avoid the tackle, fumbled the ball. It looked like Texas was going to recover and possible steal victory from the jaws of defeat. The ball ended up out of bounds, and OU was able to avoid letting one slip away. The Sooners held on for the 28-20 win and walk away with the Golden Hat Trophy.
The loss was the Longhorns second straight and find their streak of 162 consecutive weeks in the rankings in serious danger.
Both Jones and Murray helped carry the OU offense. Jones was good for 236 yards passing and 2 TD’s, and simply continues to impress. Murray chipped in with 126 yards on the ground and 2 TD’s, making a statement that he belongs in the Heisman talk.
The worry for Sooner Nation is once again OU jumped out to a comfortable lead, only to watch it slip away and barely hang on to win. The Sooners are showing signs of having problems closing games out, but the bottom line is that a win is a win.
The other thing you can’t dispute, bragging rights this year belong north of the Red River.
Written by C. James