DALLAS (KXAN) — The Longhorns are leaving the Cotton Bowl with a 34-27 loss, and digging into the box score…the result could have been skewed even more toward the Sooners.
The Longhorns deserve credit for keeping the game close when it could’ve been out of hand after the first half. In the end, though, the defense just couldn’t get enough stops.
In total, OU outgained Texas in yards 511-310. This game was going to be decided by which team ran the ball better, and that aspect of the game certainly went the way of the Sooners. OU quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for 131 yards leading the team to 276 total rushing yards.
Sooner receiver CeeDee Lamb accounted for three touchdowns and 171 receiving yards en route to a massive day.
Usually, the turnover battle makes a big difference in the outcome. It didn’t Saturday. The Longhorns won the turnover difference 2-0 forcing Hurts fumble and interception when the Sooners were deep in Texas territory.
Oklahoma was impressive on defense — constantly harassing Sam Ehlinger. The Sooners defense accounted for nine sacks. Texas head coach Tom Herman made sure to point out that sacks are not just on the offensive line, but it was not that unit’s best day.
Sooners outside linebacker Kenneth Murray played the role of spy on Ehlinger and did a good job of containing the Longhorns quarterback in the pocket, and preventing big runs from UT’s dynamic QB.
Field position was also heavily favored toward the Sooners. The Longhorns average starting field position was the its own 19-yard line. On 12 drives, Texas started behind its own 25-yard line eight times.
Texas returns home next week to face Kansas at 6 p.m. The Longhorns are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12.