BLOG: Ehlinger throws interception in fourth OT; Sooners beat Longhorns 53-45

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DALLAS (KXAN) — The longest Red River Showdown in the history of the rivalry has ended with OU defeating the Longhorns 53-45 in four overtimes.

Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw his second interception of the day with Texas needing a touchdown and a two-point conversion to take the game to a fifth overtime.

The Longhorns are now 1-2 in the Big 12 and 2-2 overall after the loss to the Sooners.

Ehlinger led a massive comeback to even get the game to overtime when Texas was trailing 31-17 late in the fourth quarter. Ehlinger finished with six total touchdown and two turnovers.

Below is a live blog with a full recap from the wild day at the Cotton Bowl.

Live Blog

Opening kickoff

Oklahoma won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball first.

Sooners 1st possession, 1st quarter

What happened: Oklahoma was hoping to spark a strong start to the game, but went backwards on its opening drive. The Sooners lost five on a pass play on first down. Two false starts put the Sooners in third-and-25. Oklahoma punts on its first possession. A small win for the Longhorns defense.

Longhorns 1st possession, 1st quarter

What happened: Texas was set up in great field position near midfield after a kick-catch interference on OU’s punt. Longhorns running back Keaontay Ingram is struggling. After fumbling near the goal line against TCU last week, Ingram fumbles on his first carry against the Sooners, completely killing Texas’ momentum. Sooners recover near the 50-yard line.

Sooners 2nd possession, 1st quarter

What happened: On the first couple of plays of the drive, OU is attempting to establish the running game. T.J. Pledger reeled off a 26-yard run on the second play of the series to get the Sooners in the red zone. The Longhorns got a huge stop from B.J. Foster on third-and-goal from the two-yard line. Foster was right on the spot to force the incompletion to Charleston Rambo. Gabe Brkic hits a 19-yard field to give the Sooners the lead.

Score: OU leads 3-0

Longhorns 2nd possession, 1st quarter

What happened: The Longhorns narrowly avoided a disaster and its second turnover early in the game. OU’s Tre Brown intercepted Ehlinger’s pass on first down, jumping on a slant route. However, Brown was called for holding, preventing an absolutely horrible start for Texas. The rest of the series was mundane. Texas attempted two deep passes, but there was much chance of it being completed. Texas punts.

Sooners 3rd possession, 1st quarter

What happened: OU gets the privilege of starting with another short field and they took advantage. Chunk play after chunk play for the Sooners offense. Marcus Major ran for 21 yards. Marvin Mims capped it off with a 30-yard touchdown reception from Spencer Rattler. Complete lapse in coverage by the Texas defense as Mims was running completely free to the end zone. That’s Mims’ fourth touchdown of the year.

Score: OU leads 10-0

Longhorns 3rd possession, 1st quarter

What happened: Jordan Whittington is back for the Longhorns offense after missing the last two games due to injury. Ehlinger went to Whittington on a third-and-two and the redshirt freshman picked up 21 yards with most of it coming after the catch. Joshua Moore made his first catch of the game and it looked like the Longhorns offense was in rhythm. The Sooners offense made a stand at the 35-yard line, putting a lot of pressure on Ehlinger in third-and-long and nearly getting the sack. Texas punted but flipped the field pinning the Sooners at the four-yard line.

Sooners 4th possession, 1st quarter

What happened: OU quarterback Spencer Rattler makes his first mistake of the game. On the final play of the first quarter, Rattler just didn’t see DeMarvion Overshown in coverage. Overshown intercepted the pass and returned it to the Sooners’ 11-yard line. Overshown swings momentum back toward Texas. Massive play as the teams head to the second quarter with Texas in prime opportunity to put their first points on the board.

Longhorns 4th possession, 2nd quarter

What happened: The Longhorns get points, but fail to deliver on a touchdown from the OU 11-yard line. A 34-yard field goal by Cameron Dicker has to be considered a win for the Sooners, given the tough position they were in. Ehlinger was sacked on the second play of the drive. On third down, the Longhorns QB scrambled 15 yard, coming up about a yard short of the first down at the two-yard line. Texas might have gone for it on fourth down, but a personal foul penalty on UT’s Derek Kerstetter pushed Texas back to the 17-yard line where they were forced to kick the field goal.

Score: OU leads 10-3

Sooners 5th possession, 2nd quarter

What happened: The Texas defense created another opportunity by forcing another Rattler turnover. Rattler held on to the ball too long in the pocket. The Longhorns finally got a hold of him, popping the ball up in the air. Linebacker Juwan Mitchell made the catch to put Texas at OU’s 20-yard line. Let’s see if a second straight OU turnover can result in a touchdown for the Longhorns after the offense didn’t do much with the first gift from the Sooners.

Longhorns 5th possession, 2nd quarter

What happened: The Longhorns are on the board. Sam Ehlinger runs six yards for the Longhorns’ first touchdown of the game

Score: Texas and OU tied at 10

Sooners 6th possession, 2nd quarter

What happened: QB CHANGE — Tanner Mordecai is now starting at quarterback for the Sooners. After two straight turnovers by Rattler, Lincoln Riley is making a change. Mordecai looked good with three straight completions for 32 yards.

The Texas defense allowed a gash play to Pledger but recovered by creating another turnover. Joseph Ossai forced the ball out and Chris Brown recovers for the Longhorns, ending a promising OU drive at the Longhorns 18-yard line.

Longhorns 6th possession, 2nd quarter

What happened: Critical special teams mistake from the Longhorns. On fourth down, punter Ryan Bujcevski held on to the ball for so long and it got blocked by OU. Sooners are in position to retake the lead.

Sooners 7th possession, 2nd quarter

What happened: Marcus Major gives OU the lead at 17-10 capping off a five play touchdown drive. This feels like an even more wild version of the Red River Showdown so buckle up for the ride…it’s going to get bumpy.

Score: OU leads 17-10

Longhorns 7th possession, 2nd quarter

What happened: This was, by far, the most promising offensive drive of the game from the Longhorns. Texas goes eight plays and 75 yards in a drive to calm the waters after several turnovers by both teams. Receiver Tarik Black picked up a 24-yard chunk play for the Longhorns offense. Ehlinger delivered in the red zone scoring his second rushing touchdown of the game on a two yard run.

Score: Texas and OU tied at 17

Longhorns 8th possession, 2nd quarter

What happened: Vital Longhorns series near the end of the first half. Texas had a chance to get two straight possessions as they’re set to receive the ball to open the second half. After a solid punt return by D’Shawn Jamison, the Longhorns started the drive at their own 45-yard line. Ehlinger converted on a third-and-nine to get in OU territory.

The drive stalled out around the 35-yard line, leaving Texas with fourth-and-two and 28 seconds left in the half. Texas opted to go for it, but never had a chance to snap the ball after Junior Angilau was penalized for a false start. Texas punted and OU ran out the clock on the first half.

HALFTIME: Texas and OU tied at 17

Longhorns 9th possession, 3rd quarter

What happened: The Longhorns weren’t able to do anything with their extra possessions at the end of the first half and the start of the second. The Longhorns had to punt and Bujcevski out kicked the coverage. OU’s Marvin Mims returned the punt 36 yards back to the Longhorns 30-yard line. An extra 15-yard, unsportsmanlike penalty put the Sooners in the red zone before taking an offensive snap.

Sooners 10th possession, 3rd quarter

What happened: The biggest development is that Spencer Rattler is back in at quarterback for OU. The Sooners used a tidy three-play drive to seize the lead again on a touchdown run by T.J. Pledger.

Score: OU leads 24-17

Longhorns 10th possession, 3rd quarter

What happened: The Sooners defensive line is beating up on Ehlinger for the second straight Red River Showdown. OU sacked Ehlinger for the fourth time on Saturday for a loss of seven yards. The Longhorns go three-and-out, punting back to the Sooners.

Sooners 11th possession, 3rd quarter

What happened: What a statement drive by the Sooners. Rattler made some timely throws, converting on third downs and the Sooners compiled a 17 (!!!) play drive that ended in a touchdown run by T.J. Pledger. OU called 10 running plays and just methodically crushed the Longhorns defense.

Score: OU leads 31-17

Longhorns 11th possession, 3rd quarter

What happened: This is getting ugly for the Longhorns. The Texas offense has gone three-and-out on three straight possession. On third down, the Longhorns needed…one yard for the first. Instead, Ehlinger opted to take a low-probability deep shot to Bijan Robinson down the sideline that was incomplete. Texas punts for the fourth straight possession.

Longhorns 12th possession, 4th quarter

What happened: The Longhorns offense has 22 yards on four possessions since the start of the second half. Texas picked up a first down and then went backwards. The Longhorns punted for the sixth time in its last seven possessions.

Longhorns 13th possession, 4th quarter

What happened: Texas is fighting OU and the clock with less than seven minutes to go in the game — still trailing 31-17. The Longhorns started the drive at their own needing to score quickly. The Longhorns executed an efficient offense for the first time in the second half, moving the ball down to the OU 23-yard line.

Ehlinger made a poor decision throwing toward Joshua Moore in the end zone and was intercepted to almost seal the deal for an OU victory with just over four minutes to play.

Longhorns 14th possession, 4th quarter

What happened: Texas used all of its timeouts to stall the clock on OU’s offensive drive, so they need two touchdowns in four minutes to tie the game. It’s likely going to require an onside kick. The Longhorns get the first score on a four play, 50-yard drive capped off by a nine-yard touchdown reception from Joshua Moore.

Score: OU leads 31-24

Sooners 15th possession, 4th quarter

What happened: The Longhorns got so close to recovering its second onside kick in three weeks, but the ball bounced off Malcolm Epps’ hands and out of bounds. The Sooners were anything but solid on their drive to try to run the clock out. Rattler fumbled on first down, but OU recovered. On third down, the Sooners surprisingly went for the pass and it fell incomplete stopping the clock with two minutes to go.

Texas has life.

Longhorns 15th possession, 4th quarter

What happened: Amazingly, the Longhorns have a chance, needing to go 90 yards for the tying touchdown.

And they did it.

Ehlinger picked up 27 yards on the ground. A crucial pass interference penalty put Texas at the Sooners two-yard line. Ehlinger with pressure in his face hit Keaontay Ingram wide open for a two-yard touchdown.

Score: Texas and OU tied at 31

The Red River Showdown is heading to overtime.

OVERTIME

Texas first possession

What happened: Ehlinger found Jordan Whittington to convert a crucial third-and-nine to the Sooners 14-yard line. On the next play, Ehlinger called his own number, picking up 12 yards down to the three-yard line.

On first-and-goal, Ehlinger rolled out to the right and into the end zone to give Texas a 38-31 lead in overtime.

Score: Texas leads 38-31

Sooners possession

What happened: Spencer Rattler picked up a first down with legs, getting OU to the Texas 13-yard line. OU faces a third-and-eight at the 11-yard line. Rattler delivered going to Austin Stogner for the touchdown pass. The extra point was good. We’re going to double overtime. OU will get the ball first.

Score: Texas and OU tied at 38

Sooners 2nd overtime possession

What happened: First play of the series, Rattler goes back to Stogner, who takes it down to the three-yard line, setting up a goal to go situation. The Texas defense held OU out of the end zone on the first two plays. After a lengthy review on third down, Rattler was ruled down inside the one-yard line. OU coach Lincoln Riley didn’t take long to decide the Sooners were going for it on fourth down.

Rattler was able to sneak the ball across the goal line for the Sooners score and a 45-38 lead.

Score: OU leads 45-38

Longhorns 2nd overtime possession

What happened: Two plays and the Longhorns score the touchdown. For as poorly as Ehlinger played for a majority of the second half, he’s put the team on his back in the comeback. Ehlinger scrambled 25 yards, avoiding multiple defenders for the score. Extra point is good. We’re heading to a third overtime.

Score: Texas and OU tied at 45

Longhorns 3rd overtime possession

What happened: The OU defense gets the stop and are just a field goal away from winning the Red River Showdown. Cameron Dicker’s 33-yard field goal attempt was blocked by OU’s Perrion Winfrey to keep the game at 45.

OU can win the game with this possession.

Sooners 3rd overtime possession

What happened: Gabe Brkic misses the potential game-winning 31-yard field goal wide left. The Longhorns have new life, heading to a fourth overtime.

Sooners 4th overtime possession

What happened: Rattler is showing off his heralded skillset. Rattler on the move hit Drake Stoops for a 25-yard touchdown. Rattler then connected on the two-point conversion. Texas will have to respond on this next possession.

Score: OU leads 53-45

Longhorns 4th overtime possession

What happened: Sam Ehlinger couldn’t muster up anymore magic. Ehlinger threw his second interception of the day in the end zone to end the game with OU claiming the Red River Showdown 53-45.

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