Game ball goes to: Running back DeMarco Murray--He racked up 115 yards and two touchdowns, two of his nicest runs as a Sooner. The first one came in the first quarter, as he jetted around the left end and made a defender look silly with a nifty juke move at the 5-yard line, capping an 18-yard score. The second was early in the fourth quarter, as he tightroped the sideline to give OU a 28-10 lead, which ultimately proved to be the necessary points to win the game.
Play of the game: It seemed like early in the fourth quarter it would be Murray’s final touchdown, but after UT stormed back with 10 unanswered points, that changed, and for the second week in a row, the game hinged on a punt that was ultimately muffed in OU’s favor. Texas punt returner Aaron Williams could not come up with Tress Way’s punt clean with just a minute left, and that sealed it.
It was over when: Williams muffed that punt, allowing the Sooners to run the clock out and win for only the second time in the last six years.
Surprise of the game: OU had fewer total yards of offense than its opponent for the fourth time in five weeks and was able to win in spite of that yet again.
The biggest thing we learned: The Sooner defense is really good in the red zone. Two of their three red zone trips ended in field goals. Twice the Longhorns got inside the five and had to settle for a field goal, so not only are they good inside the 20, but inside the 10- and 5-yard lines as well.
The biggest concern: Big plays defensively: The Longhorns, who have been anything but impressive this year offensively, were able to rattle off a number of big plays against the Sooner defense, something that has to be fixed if OU wants to make a legitimate run at a conference and national title.
Streak count: Slot receiver Ryan Broyles’ streak of seven straight 100-yard receiving games came to an abrupt end with his five catch, 36-yard performance.
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