- Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer
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DALLAS -- The Sooners have turned the Red River Rivalry into an epic beatdown, leading the Longhorns 36-2 at halftime.
Stat of the half: In the first half alone, OU produced its longest rush (95 yards) and longest pass (73 yards) in the history of the Red River Rivalry. Damien Williams scored on the rush, and fullback Trey Millard’s pass reception led to OU’s fourth touchdown.
Player of the half: Take your pick. The defense has been awesome, and numerous Sooners have made plays offensively. But backup quarterback Blake Bell has been unstoppable. Out of the Belldozer package, Bell has rushed for 30 yards and four touchdowns.
What’s working for the Sooners: Everything. OU has outgained the Longhorns 417 yards to 53. The Sooners have 17 first downs to Texas’ one. This has been Josh Heupel’s best game as OU’s offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has taken away everything the Longhorns want to do.
What’s not working for the Sooners: Holder Tress Way bobbled the snap on the opening extra point, and Texas blocked Michael Hunnicutt’s attempt at a kick and returned it all the way into the end zone for two points. That remains Texas’ lone highlight.
What OU needs to do to win: Barring something miraculous, this game is already over. The question only question is, will Texas fight back and make the score respectable? Or will the Sooners gun for their largest margin of victory in the history of the rivalry – 52 points – which is well within striking distance?
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