No. 11 Longhorns fall as offense sputters against No. 6 Oklahoma on national stage

 dallasnews.com  10/12/2019 19:52:30 
Texas Longhorns wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey (84) is grabbed by Oklahoma Sooners safety Kahlil Haughton (8) after a pass catch during the Oklahoma University Sooners vs. the University of Texas Longhorns NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday, October 14, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)
Texas Longhorns wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey (84) is grabbed by Oklahoma Sooners safety Kahlil Haughton (8) after a pass catch during the Oklahoma University Sooners vs. the University of Texas Longhorns NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday, October 14, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)(Louis DeLuca / Staff Photographer)

By Alex Briseno

3:17 PM on Oct 12, 2019

DALLAS  For the second time this year, the No. 11 Texas Longhorns watched the opposing sideline celebrate a 7-point victory on a national stage. This time, it was at the Texas State Fair against a bitter rival.

Texas players headed down the tunnel of the Cotton Bowl to the sounds of a raucous crimson crowd after No. 6 Oklahomas (6-0 overall, 3-0 Big 12) 34-27 victory over Texas (4-2 overall, 2-1 Big 12). The game wasnt nearly as close as the score indicated.

Here are five takeaways from the Sooners win in the 115th Red River Showdown:

Sooner offense Hurts Texas defense

Moments after the Longhorns tied the ballgame at 10-10 in the third quarter, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Sooners reclaimed the lead for good with a little trickery and some CeeDee Lamb magic.

The crimson half of the Cotton Bowl waved farewell to Texas defensive end Malcolm Roach, who was ejected for targeting. Two plays later, Lincoln Riley called what might be the play of the game: A flea flicker.

— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 12, 2019

Hurts handed the ball off to running back Kennedy Brooks but Hurts had it quickly tossed it back. He immediately saw a wide open CeeDee Lamb down the field, who miraculously found the end zone after a collection of moves and poor tackling from the Texas defense.

The ensuing quarter, he did this:

Longhorns survive first half with red zone turnovers

Oklahomas 260 total yards gave the Longhorn defense trouble throughout the majority of the first half  until the Sooners entered the red zone. The Longhorns were able to weather the storm when it was backed against end zone.

Hurts ripped off a 27-yard scamper to push the Sooners inside the red zone, threatening to extend their 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Instead of sliding, through, Hurts allowed Texas cornerback Anthony Cook to punch the ball out. Hurts was initially ruled down, but DShawn Jamisons immediate recovery allowed the the call to get quickly overturned after further review.

One quarter later, the Sooners stood 11 yards from the end zone still looking to extend their 7-0 lead. Facing a 3rd-and-8, Hurts evaded pressure and tossed up an errant pass right into the hands of Texas safety Brandon Jones.

Dicker the kicker prevents first half shutout

The 92,000-plus fans at the Cotton Bowl found themselves in familiar territory, watching Texas kicker Cameron Dicker line up for a kick with six seconds left. It was the first half, but the 49-yard field goal would decide if the Oklahoma defense successfully shut out the Texas offense and headed into the locker room with a 10-0 lead.

Lincoln Riley called a timeout to give Dicker more time to think about it. Dicker ran back onto the field and drilled the kick  Riley called another timeout before the snap. When Dicker ran onto the field for a third time, the Sooners emptied their arsenal of timeouts.

Longest time Ive ever waited for someone to kick a field goal.

— Malik Jefferson (@malikjefferson) October 12, 2019

None of it mattered to Dicker. The sophomore kicker lined up the shot for the fourth time, and just like last year, he drilled it through the uprights on the Crimson half of the Cotton Bowl.

The three points served as the Longhorns only points in a first half where the offense was only able to muster 83 total yards. It also gave Texas fans some semblance of hope with the Longhorns getting the ball to start the second half.

Former QB3 makes case to claim title of RB1

Texas 7-point deficit in the second half seemed almost insurmountable after the Sooners dominant first half performance. But then former third-string quarterback Roschon Johnson took over in the Longhorns second drive of the third quarter.

Johnsons 95-yard performance was kick-started with a 57-yard run to the Oklahoma four. The following play, Johnson punched it in to tie the game.

Johnsons 95 yards were uncontested as the teams leading rusher with Keaontay Ingram only racking up nine yards on two carries. Texas opted not to give Daniel Young or Kirk Johnson any touches, begging the question: Will the former third-string quarterback manage to officially earn the title of RB1? It sure looked like it on Saturday.

Oklahoma defense makes early statement

Heading into the Red River Showdown, the Oklahoma defense did everything it needed to  except play an explosive offense  to prove its defense is indeed improved from last year.

That changed on Saturday when the Sooners ran to the locker room after holding the Longhorns to a lone field goal in the first half. The same offense that got the Sooners defensive coordinator fired a year ago only managed to put up 27 points, more than 14 points under its season average. The Sooners didnt force any turnovers, but they didnt need to. The seven sacks and a stout run defense was more than enough, even with Jalen Hurts pair of turnovers.

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