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Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sooners take early 7-3 lead


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

DALLAS -- Oklahoma took advantage of Sam Bradford's savvy and a lack of defensive pressure from Texas to get on the scoreboard on their first possession.

The Sooners appeared focused scoring on their first drive for the fifth straight game. They have a 7-3 lead after the first quarter.

Bradford sliced  the Longhorns apart with surgical precision on the opening drive, helped by Texas' lack of pressure. And Oklahoma ran several misdirection plays that capitalized on Texas' initial speed breaking to the ball.

The Longhorns answered with a scoring drive on their first drive, but it was what Texas didn't do that was noticeable. Other than a 7-yard run by Chris Ogbonnaya, Colt McCoy was responsible for everything. The Longhorns aren't going to be able to beat Oklahoma with McCoy as a one-man show. He might have better statistics so far, but he's no Vince Young.

After the initial flurry, the defenses have settled in to control the game. So much for the initial offensive fireworks.