BLOG: OU wins the Red River Showdown 34-27 over Texas

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DALLAS (KXAN) — It’s finally here — No. 11 Texas and No. 6 Oklahoma are just about ready for kickoff at the Cotton Bowl in the Red River Showdown.

As you would expect, it’s already getting chippy down in the field during pregame. OU Rivals reporter and #HornsUpforPeace proponent Eddie Radosevich captured this scuffle near the tunnel.

About 20 minutes before kickoff, the two teams started jawing at midfield and had to be separated. Head referee for the game, Mike Defee, announced that both teams received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which could have interesting consequences during the game.

If any player or coach receives another unsportsmanlike penalty, they will be ejected from the game. NCAA rules state that two unsportsmanlike penalties in a single game is an automatic ejection.

That will certainly be something to watch this afternoon.

INJURY NOTE: OU starting tight end Grant Calcaterra isn’t expected to play. Texas receiver Collin Johnson is expected to start for the first time since LSU.

This live blog will be updated as the game progresses

OU first possession

What happened: OU started the day with an explosive play on a 23-yard run by OU back Trey Sermon. The Sooners methodically moved down the field facing third down twice. The big decision came on third and goal from the nine-yard line. CeeDee Lamb was able to get the ball down to the one-yard line giving OU confidence to go for it on fourth down. Lamb finished out the drive with a one-yard touchdown catch from Jalen Hurts on fourth and goal for the first score.

Analysis: OU throws the first punch so how will the Longhorns offense respond. Hurts threw his 15th touchdown pass of the season on the short-yard, fourth down play.

Score: OU leads 7-0

Texas first possession

What happened: Not much of a counterpunch from the Texas offense. OU’s defense appears up for the task early. Sooners defensive tackle Neville Gallimore beat Zack Shackelford on third and 12 and sacked Sam Ehlinger. Texas was forced to punt deep in its own territory giving OU great field position for its second drive.

Score: OU leads 7-0

OU second possession

What happened: OU started with the ball on its 45-yard line and opened with a 17-yard pass play to CeeDee Lamb. It looked like it was about to be another easy OU score, but Texas has flipped momentum with a turnover. Anthony Cook tackled Hurts near the 10-yard line and jarred the ball loose. D’Shawn Jamison made a clear recovery.

Analysis: The Longhorns really needed that one with the potential of going down two touchdowns quickly to the Sooners. Often, this game is decided by the turnover battle. The Longhorns have a 1-0 lead in that department.

Texas 2nd possession

What happened: The Longhorns were sitting with -12 yards after their first drive and facing a long field ahead of them. The drive doesn’t result in points, but it did flip the field. Ehlinger converted on the first third-down of the series, but couldn’t avoid a blitz on the next third-down near midfield for a two-yard loss.

Punter Ryan Bujcevski was the best player on the drive. He kicked a line drive that looked destined for the end zone, but hit at about the one-yard line and bounced backward. OU will start the drive at the five-yard line.

OU third possession

What happened: Oklahoma has been able to run the ball without really a sniff of resistance from the Texas defense. Jalen Hurts already has 83 rushing yards in a quarter and change. The Sooners were able to move the ball down the field with ease again. BUT, again, the defense was opportunistic. On third down in the red zone, Hurts had time, but couldn’t handle the late pressure and made another mistake. Chris Brown intercepted the pass in the end zone to thwart another Sooners scoring opportunity.

Texas 3rd possession

What happened: The Longhorns were able to get the ball out from under their goal line, but their offense isn’t hitting on downfield plays. Most of the playcalls have been lateral to the line of scrimage. Texas only has 51 yards of total offense and only 1 yard rushing with six minutes to go in the half.

Texas 4th possession

What happened: Oklahoma’s defense, behind new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, is playing lights out. Standout linebacker Kenneth Murray has been spying Ehlinger effectively and the defensive line is getting pressure without bringing extra men. The Longhorns are going to need to find some solutions to their offense.

Score: OU leads 7-0 late in second quarter

OU possession

What happened: The Longhorns are lucky to not be trailing the Sooners by 21 points. OU entered Texas territory for the fourth time in five drives during the first half. Red zone defense is about the only positive thing for Texas during the first 30 minutes. Texas stopped Hurts on third and goal at the two-yard line. OU opted for the short field goal to make it a two-score game. Gabe Brkic hit a 19-yard field goal.

Score: OU leads 10-0

Texas 5th possession

What happened: Cameron Dicker put Texas on the board with a 49-yard field goal as the clock expired in the first half.

Halftime score: OU leads 10-3

Texas possession, start of third quarter

What happened: The Longhorns are still struggling to protect Ehlinger. On third down at 26-yard line, Kenneth Murray dropped Ehlinger for a 10-yard loss. It was the Sooners fifth sack of the day. The Longhorns still don’t have 100 yards of offense, currently sitting at 86 yards.

Score: OU leads 10-3

Texas 2nd possession, third quarter

What happened: Roschon Johnson was Longhorns back-up quarterback at the start of the season. Now, he’s Texas’ most productive running back. Johnson brought a jolt of life into the burnt orange sideline breaking off a 57-yard run down to the OU four-yard line — the longest run play of the season for Texas. On the next play, Johnson fell forward for the Longhorns’ first touchdown of the game.

Analysis: That seven play, 93-yard drive doubled the Longhorns’ offensive production. Before Johnson’s 57-yard explosive run, the longest run of the season was a 29-yard Sam Ehlinger run against Oklahoma State.

Score: Tied at 10

OU possession, third quarter

What happened: Bad tackling. The Longhorns couldn’t sustain success on defense allowing a quick Sooners score. CeeDee Lamb has 8 catches for 133 yards picking up a bulk of his yardage on a 51-yard touchdown from Hurts. A flea-clicker left Lamb wide open down the right side and he did most of the work after the catch — aided by missed tackles and bad angles by the UT secondary.

Score: OU leads 17-10

Texas possession, third quarter

What happened: Texas was backed up deep in its own territory for the fifth time in eight drives. Devin Duvernay called for the fair-catch on the kickoff, but dropped the ball. By rule, the Longhorns start the drive where the ball is recovered. In this case, the five-yard line. Collin Johnson and Brennan Eagles dropped passes that would’ve kick-started the drive. Instead, the Longhorns were forced to punt out of its own end zone.

Score: OU leads 17-10

OU possession, third quarter

What happened: With the short field, OU connected on a 34-yard field goal by Brkic giving the Sooners a two-possession lead for the second time this afternoon.

Score: OU leads 20-10

Ensuing OU possession, third quarter

What happened: Perhaps, the biggest play by the Texas defense. OU went for it on fourth down and one from the UT 39-yard line. Hurts dealt with a little pressure and was unable to complete the pass turning the ball over to Texas. Finally, the Longhorns are able to breath with decent field position.

Texas possession, late third quarter

What happened: Roschon Johnson breaks free for the second time at the Cotton Bowl. This time, Johnson picks up 23 yards on first down moving the Longhorns into Oklahoma territory. The OU secondary, which has been great, let up a little on Collin Johnson. A defensive holding penalty and a pass interference penalty took Texas down to the OU two-yard line. Ehlinger scored on a two-yard run on the last play of the third quarter.

Score: OU leads 20-17

OU possession, start of fourth quarter

What happened: CeeDee Lamb had 18 catches coming into the Texas-OU game. Lamb has 10 catches for 171 yards against Texas. The Longhorns defense again couldn’t get the super-talented wideout on the ground. Lamb gave OU some more breathing room with a 27-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter.

Score: OU leads 27-17

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Texas is still hanging around. A 31-yard field goal by Cameron Dicker moved the scoreboard back to a one-score game. It was a 13-play, 61 yard drive for the Longhorns.

Score: OU leads 27-20

OU possession, fourth quarter

What happened: OU has been the more physical team racking up 268 rushing yards. This drive was a perfect definition of their dominance on the ground. All 75 yards were racked up on the ground. The drive ended in a two-yard Jalen Hurts rushing touchdown.

Score: OU leads 34-20

Texas possession, fourth quarter

What happened: Texas is fighting OU and the clock. The Longhorn notch another touchdown drive going nine plays and 71 yards. Ehlinger capped it off with a short touchdown run.

Score: OU leads 34-27

Texas onside kick

The Longhorns opted to go for the onside kick after really failing to contain the Sooners during the second half. The kick took an interesting bounce but Brennan Eagles was unable to come up with the ball as it bounced out of bounds.

OU was able to run out the clock to win the Red River Showdown.

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