The Longhorns could not stop the run or pass and were, as Mack Brown phrased it, “inept on offense.” It was not a winning combination in any sense, and the end result was a 63-21 Oklahoma blowout.
The Sooners controlled every phase of the game. They passed for 334 yards, rushed for 343 and held the Texas offense to 289 yards of total offense – the Longhorns gained 174 of those yards in the fourth quarter in garbage time.
“We didn’t play well as a team,” head coach Mack Brown said. “They outcoached us, they outhit us and they were more physical than us throughout the game.”
Quarter by Quarter
1st: Oklahoma gets off to a quick start, converts a fourth down in the red zone, and the Sooners’ backup quarterback, Blake Bell, punches it in for a touchdown. Offensive lineman Chris Whaley blocks the extra point and Quandre Diggs returns it to make it 6-2. Oklahoma goes on to add a touchdown on a 95-yard touchdown run late in the frame.
2nd: Things went from bad to worse for Texas in the second. Oklahoma throttled Texas for 23 points. Bell had three more rushing touchdowns, and quarterback David Ash threw two interceptions en route to a 36-2 Oklahoma lead.
3rd: The Longhorns managed to get on the board in the third quarter on a pick-six interception from Carrington Byndom. Everything else went Oklahoma’s way. The Sooners entered the fourth quarter up, 46-8.
4th: The fourth quarter was garbage time for both teams, and each team converted for a pair of touchdowns. Case McCoy came in for David Ash – after he exited the game with a wrist injury – and played well, passing for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
By the Numbers
3: The number of turnovers Ash had – two interceptions and one fumble – after he had only three the entire season entering the game.
2: The number of rushing yards Texas had in the first half. Oklahoma gained 206.
100: The scoring percentage Oklahoma had when it entered the red zone. The Sooners went 8-for-8 inside Texas’ 20-yard-line.
0: The number of possessions the Longhorns had in the red zone entering the fourth quarter.
What’s Next: Baylor
The schedule doesn’t present any breaks for the Texas defense as Baylor and the No. 2 ranked offense in the country roll into Austin Saturday.
The Bears do allow quite a few points, however. They are giving up 41.6 points a game.
Stock Up, Stock Down
Down: David Ash
Ash began the game with the nation’s third highest passer efficiency rating and only one interception on his resume. He left the Cotton Bowl with a much different outlook.
Ash was skittish throughout the game, throwing for only 113 yards while adding a pair of interceptions. He had a tough time getting through his reads and made poor decisions at times with the football. It was a clear step back for Texas’ young signal caller.
To cap it off, Ash exited the game with an apparent wrist injury and had a pretty sizable lump on his hand as he walked into the locker room.
Down: Texas’ Defense
The only thing that this team has talked about for weeks was tackling. The players and coaches claimed it was a fixable problem and all that was needed was a slight adjustment in technique. However, for the third game in a row, all of that talk meant nothing Saturday. Texas allowed 63 points to the Sooners and surrendered a season-high 677 yards. A staggering 343 of those yards came on the ground along with six of Oklahoma’s eight touchdowns.
“We couldn’t stop the run, and when you can’t stop the run things get ugly real quick,” defensive end Alex Okafor said.