Saturday, October 12, 2013
Texas runs away with Red River Rivalry
By ESPN Stats & Information
With increased pressure on Texas coach Mack Brown to restore winning ways in Austin, the Longhorns came through with a pivotal win over rival Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry.
The Sooners had won the previous two matchups by a combined score of 118-38, including 70-12 in the first half of those games.
With Texas quarterback David Ash missing his second consecutive game due to lingering effects from a concussion, senior Case McCoy filled in for his ninth career start. McCoy came through with the fifth multi-touchdown game of his career.
It was the first time Texas won in the past four matchups between these teams. The last time Texas won (2009), Case’s older brother Colt McCoy was the Longhorns' starting quarterback during his senior year.
What were the biggest differences between Saturday’s game and the Red River Rivalry the previous two seasons? Rushing and turnovers.
The Longhorns had 255 rushing yards, their most in a Big 12 game since Nov. 5, 2011, against Texas Tech (439). It’s the third-most rushing yards by Texas in a game against Oklahoma. The Longhorns had 310 in 1970 and 278 in 1968, both wins.
Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown both ran for more than 100 yards, the first time Texas has ever had multiple 100-yard rushers in the same game against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell entered the game with zero interceptions on the season, but he threw two picks against Texas, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.
In the previous two matchups between these teams, Texas committed six more turnovers than Oklahoma and had a total of 110 rushing yards. In this game, the Longhorns were even in turnover margin.
Texas had an interception return for a touchdown (Chris Whaley) and a punt return for a touchdown (Daje Johnson) in Saturday's win. The Longhorns hadn't done that in a single game since 2009 against Colorado, when Jordan Shipley returned a punt for a score and Earl Thomas had a pick-six.
Texas’s 16-point victory is its third-largest margin of victory as an unranked team against a top-15 team in school history. Its only larger margins of victory against top-15 teams while unranked were in 1949 against Baylor (20-0) and in 1957 against Arkansas (17-0).