Saturday, October 17, 2009
Texas 16, Oklahoma 13
By David Ubben
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
DALLAS -- Here’s how Texas eked out a narrow 16-13 victory over Oklahoma Saturday afternoon at the Cotton Bowl.
How the game was won: After a sputtering early start, Texas claimed control in the second half. The Longhorns scored on three of their first four drives to take charge of the game and claim their fourth victory in the last five games against Oklahoma.
Turning point: Earl Thomas’ interception with 3:31 killed Oklahoma’s final drive. Thomas baited Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones with bracket coverage before making the interception at the Texas 37, ending Oklahoma’s final drive. It was Thomas’ fifth interception of the game and it came after he moved to the Longhorns’ nickel position when Aaron Williams went down several plays earlier.
Stat of the game: Oklahoma was limited to minus-24 yards on 19 carries. The team that wins the rushing game usually wins this rivalry. It was the case against Saturday as the Longhorns produced 139 yards.
Player of the game: Texas defensive back Williams provided a critical fumble recovery that set up Texas’ first points and later added a fourth-quarter interception that helped seal Texas’ victory.
What it means: The Longhorns have taken a huge step towards their first undisputed Big 12 South title since 2005, earning an effective two-game margin over the three-time defending champion Sooners. It also means the Longhorns likely will be in the top four places when the first BCS standings are released Sunday afternoon. Oklahoma (3-3) likely will drop out of the top 25.