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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Hyped, undefeated Red River on its way

By David Ubben

Oklahoma and Texas are still in the first half of their games, but barring a collapse, we could be seeing a Red River Rivalry game featuring unbeaten teams in the Cotton Bowl next week.

Oklahoma didn't play well early, but it strung together 28 points in just under 5:30 to take a 38-6 lead. They have Tony Jefferson to thank for that. The safety all but assured himself Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week by intercepting passes on three consecutive drives.

The Sooners led just 10-3 after the first quarter, but Dominique Whaley (12 car. 96 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Oklahoma have taken over.

Meanwhile, in Ames, a showdown between Iowa State and Texas hasn't morphed into much of what we expected. The Longhorns lead 34-0 late in the first half.

David Ash has thrown for 113 yards and two scores, with a 48-yard score to Mike Davis and a 40-yard pass to Jordan Shipley, while Iowa State's cornerbacks looked lost.

Impressive performances for both teams, and exactly what both teams wanted heading into next week's annual epic.

It's going to be a great one.