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Saturday, October 17, 2009
OU-Texas first-half analysis

By staff

Posted by's Tim Griffin

DALLAS -- The wildest three minutes in the recent history of the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry helped finish off an unexpected defensive first half.

There were fumbles in the Texas end zone and a critical special-team error by the Sooners that accounted for all of Texas’ scoring as the Sooners claimed a 6-3 lead.

Weren't we supposed to be seeing a barrage of points in this game?

Here’s a quick look at how the first half transpired.

Turning point: Sam Bradford’s shoulder injury four minutes into the game knocked the Sooners’ Heisman Trophy winner out. Bradford re-injured his right shoulder and was replaced by Landry Jones. The Sooners’ offense sputtered after that point. Bradford accounted for a 77-yard scoring drive on his first possession. Oklahoma gained 115 yards on their other seven possessions of the half.

Stat of the half: Oklahoma has outgained Texas, 192-59. The Sooners’ defense pushed its intensity after Bradford’s injury as they kept Texas off balance for most of the rest of the half.

Best player of the half: It’s hard to differentiate among Oklahoma’s defensive players, but defensive end Auston English has accounted for two of Oklahoma's four sacks. The Sooners’ front four has attacked Texas quarterback Colt McCoy most of the game. And English has been one of the biggest reasons for Texas’ major offensive struggles.