Claremore Daily Progress


October 14, 2012

Sooners turn rivalry into rout


DALLAS — “We came out from play one and hit them in the mouth — bam! We just kept swinging and swinging,” said OU defensive end David King, who had the Sooners’ only sack. “It was a 15-round fight and we won 14 and a half of those rounds.”

If it had been a fight, it would have been stopped long before the 15th round. Texas (4-2, 1-2) had two first downs the entire first half. Its initial eight possessions ended with five punts, two interceptions and OU gang tackling running back Joe Bergeron in the end zone for a safety.

The Sooners ran off touchdowns on five of their first seven possessions. With a little less than four minutes left in the first half, OU led 36-2. The midway at the Texas State Fair began filling up with hopeless fans clad in burnt orange.  

That kind of scenario has played out several times in the Red River Rivalry. Just last year, OU blasted Texas 55-17. The gap between the teams seemed even wider.

“It’s just unacceptable for Texas to lose like that to Oklahoma, much less anybody, especially two years in a row,” said Texas coach Mack Brown, now 6-10 against OU. “I’m disappointed for our coaches, fans and players. That’s not who we are.”

That’s debatable. Texas allowed over 31 points for the fourth straight game.

What seemed irrefutable was that the Sooners have gone from unstable to unstoppable in the span of eight days. Since losing to No. 6 Kansas State on Sept. 22, OU has thumped Texas Tech, which beat No. 4 West Virginia on Saturday, and blasted the Longhorns.

Safety Tony Jefferson, who led OU with seven tackles, said there’s an aura of confidence radiating through the OU locker room and that there was a feeling something special might happen Saturday.

“There were a bunch of guys who were ready. We had a great week of practice. Everyone knew their assignment and everything,” he said. “I knew we had a chance to blow them out.”

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