DALLAS — Landry Jones must have said it three times in about 5 minutes. He might have said it a dozen times in all.
“If we play like we’re capable of playing …”
It was the way he began several sentences. But think about it.
How can he know?
How can he know what this Oklahoma team is really capable of? How can anybody know?
Little more than a week ago, the Sooners looking the way they looked against Texas Tech appeared inconceivable. Then, as good as that went, leaping from that to what happened Saturday afternoon at the Cotton Bowl was equally impossible.
Yet there it was.
Oklahoma 63, Texas 21.
The Sooners dominant in a way nobody could have predicted. Texas lackluster in a way it has only ever been against OU in 2000, 2003, last season and again.
For a second straight week, the Sooner offense grew by leaps and bounds. For the third straight game the Sooner defense proved its ability to impose its will and for the second straight game, it proved it could impose it long after the result was decided.
In the now 14-year Bob Stoops era, we haven’t experienced anything this out-of-nowhere since Red October, 2000, when OU topped Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska back-to-back-to-back to leap atop the polls and fuel a national championship drive.
The familiarity is undeniable. A 21-point victory over until-then unbeaten Texas Tech, what happened at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, with Kansas and No. 7 Notre Dame both on their way to Owen Field before November arrives.
OU’s whitewash of burnt orange was crushingly complete.
The Sooners put together three scoring drives of 10 or more plays on a day they possessed the ball almost 15 minutes longer than the Longhorns and broke the series record for longest run from scrimmage (Damien Williams’ 95-yard cut-and-dart in the first quarter) and longest pass (Trey Millard’s 73-yard catch, hurdle and run in the second quarter).