Instant analysis: Oklahoma 55, Texas 17

October, 8, 2011
10/08/11
2:59
PM CT
DALLAS -- Oklahoma has already dished out a pair of lopsided beatings in the last decade of this rivalry, winning by 52 points and 49 in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

Chalk up another in 2011. Oklahoma 55, Texas 17.

Oklahoma jumped out to a big lead early and built on it with three defensive touchdowns throughout the game. The Longhorns won't be leaving Dallas with anything close to an upset or an idea that last year's struggles are far behind them in the rearview mirror.

How the game was won: Oklahoma won the turnover battle, the battle on the line of scrimmage and just about everything else on Saturday in a dominating win.

Turning point: Oklahoma was outplaying Texas early, but the game was still somewhat reasonable. Then Demontre Hurst scored the first of three defensive touchdowns on the day, picking off David Ash and returning it 55 yards for a touchdown. The lead was 27-3 and the rout was on.

Player of the game: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. Jones threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, then took most of the fourth quarter off as the Sooners coasted to the easy win. Jones made big plays when he had to early and the gap between him and the quarterback(s) across the sideline from him looked astronomical.

Record performance: Oklahoma's three defensive touchdowns tied a school record and were the most ever for a Bob Stoops-coached team. The loss was also the third-worst of Mack Brown's tenure at Texas. The only two worse came on this field, and Oklahoma delivered them.

What Oklahoma learned: Maybe it's the No. 1 team in the nation after all. Texas was clearly overrated at No. 11, but the Sooners were the fourth team in the past three decades to slip to No. 3 in the AP poll without suffering a loss. Saturday's dominance was a pretty strong statement and proof that when it's at its best, Oklahoma can be nothing short of dominant.

What Texas learned: So much for being all the way back. Even during last year's 5-7 season, Texas remained competitive in a 28-20 loss to a 12-win Oklahoma team. This year? Far from it. The inexperience on offense and at cornerback showed, and the Longhorns looked hapless for most of the game. How much better is Texas than last year's team? We'll find out as the season progresses.

What it means: Oklahoma is still flying the Big 12's flag as the league's national title contender, but a Bedlam clash in Stillwater on Dec. 3 may be a pretty outstanding replacement for the defunct Big 12 championship game. Oklahoma looked just OK in a win over Missouri and made big plays late to beat what now looks like an overrated Florida State team, but Saturday was Oklahoma's best punch. Texas couldn't take it.

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