Saturday, October 2, 2010
Instant analysis: Oklahoma 28, Texas 20
By David Ubben
DALLAS -- Oklahoma was firmly in control of this one most of the way, and moves to 5-0.
How the game was won: Oklahoma used a dominant first half to jump out to a 21-7 lead and a pair of costly penalties kept Oklahoma drives alive in the second half to keep the Longhorns from ever having the ball with a chance to win the game.
Stat of the game: Oklahoma's first-half first downs: 19. Texas? Six.
Stat of the game II: Oklahoma had zero turnovers. Texas' offense isn't good enough to put up 30 points on Oklahoma, and needed a big play from the defense to do it. It's only forced turnover of the game -- a sack/fumble caused by freshman defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat -- was erased by an offside penalty.
Player of the game: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. He threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half, kept Oklahoma's offense moving and most importantly, eliminated the turnovers that contributed to Oklahoma's 16-13 loss last season.
Unsung heroes of the game: Texas' secondary. It prevented any back-breaking plays in the passing game and held Ryan Broyles -- who entered the game as the nation's leader in receptions -- to just five catches for 36 yards, though he did catch a deep pass for a touchdown that was called back for an illegal shift.
Best call: Mack Brown's fake punt. At midfield on Texas' opening possession of the second half, the Longhorns called a direct snap to Ryan Roberson, who ran three yards to convert the first down and keep Texas' drive alive. Garrett Gilbert hit James Kirkendoll for a 44-yard gain later in the drive and the Longhorns scored three points on the drive.
What it means: Oklahoma has won its second Red River Rivalry in six years, and takes control of the Big 12 South race, tied at 1-0 with rival Oklahoma State. Texas now has two weeks to prepare for its showdown with Nebraska in Lincoln, where a loss will mean a three-game losing streak and a 3-3 overall record.