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Saturday, October 11, 2008
Longhorns stun No. 1 Sooners


 
 Tim Heitman/US Presswire
 Colt McCoy led Texas to its biggest victory since the 2006 Rose Bowl win.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

DALLAS -- Offenses dominated the Red River Rivalry for three quarters. Ultimately, the difference in Texas' 45-35 victory over Oklahoma came on several big defensive stops and the return of the Longhorns' running game late in the game.

You want drama? The Cotton Bowl was the place to be, in a game that had more twists and turns than any in the 105-game history of the series as the Longhorns twice overcame double-digit deficits.

The Texas running game accounted for the final 64 yards of the game-clinching scoring drive, including a 62-yard dash by Chris Ogbonnaya and a 2-yard plunge by Cody Johnson, his third touchdown in three carries.

This one was unquestionably an instant classic and will be savored or moped over by fans for many years.

It will likely send the No. 5 Longhorns zooming up the national polls and sets up another huge game with Missouri, provided the Tigers beat Oklahoma State tonight.

The Longhorns overcame a career game by Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford who passed for 387 yards and matched his career high with five touchdown passes. But in the end, it wasn't enough.

And Colt McCoy had the kind of game that Heisman voters love. He passed for 277 yards and a touchdown, but ultimately led his team to its biggest victory since winning the national championship over No. 1 USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Before Saturday, that was the last time Texas had beaten the No. 1 team in the country.