Saturday, October 2, 2010
Halftime analysis: Oklahoma 21, Texas 7
By David Ubben
DALLAS -- Oklahoma dominated the first half, but D.J. Monroe's 60-yard touchdown run has kept the Longhorns within striking distance. The Sooners lead 21-7.
Demarco Murray struck first with an 18-yard touchdown run.
Turning point: Oklahoma's opening drive. The Sooners marched 83 yards on 13 plays and announced definitively that this would not be the 16-13 slugfest from last year, when Oklahoma scored its first touchdown of the game late in the third quarter.
Stat of the half: Oklahoma has 19 first downs. Texas has six.
Stat of the half II: Oklahoma had the ball 19:11. Texas had possession 10:49.
Best player in the half: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. He's managed the game, made no crucial mistakes, and moved the Sooners' offense. His stat line of 19-of-28 for 158 yards and two touchdowns has come against one of the nation's best secondaries, and would look a lot better if a long touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles had not been called back for an illegal shift.
What Texas needs to do: Put the game in the hands of Garrett Gilbert and his receivers and try to sling their way to a second-half comeback. Maybe the Oklahoma defense that showed up against Utah State or Cincinnati lets Texas into the game. Maybe the Oklahoma defense that showed up against Florida State knocks them out. Either way, draw plays out of the shotgun and passes to the flat leave the Longhorns chances to win with missed tackles or defensive mistakes.
What Oklahoma needs to do: Keep the offensive balance and high-speed approach that's kept the Longhorns' defense off-balance for the first half and allowed Oklahoma to score more first-half points than any team Texas has faced this season.