“I’ll just start by complimenting our players just for their really excellent play today and their assistant coaches for really having a good plan and having them prepared to play,” said OU head coach Bob Stoops.
What the Sooners wanted, they got.
Fullback Trey Millard leaped over Texas safety Adrian Phillips on one play, stiffed armed him, leaped and sprinted for 73 yards on another.
Running back Damien Williams bulldozed Texas defenders all day.
Wide receiver Justin Brown pushed off a couple would-be tacklers and extended for another 10 yards on another play.
The OU defense, especially the front four, abused Texas quarterback David Ash, making things hard for him throughout as well.
That led to a two-interception performance that featured just 13-of-29 passing for 113 yards before he got hurt.
In all facets, it was truly a complete and utter beat-down.
“I was really quite pleased to play so well in every facet of the game. I thought the kicking game was great, all our punt returns, kickoff returns, we’ve got a skill position...Then, offensively Landry was really on the mark.”
OU out-gained Texas 677-289 and had 30 first downs to just 13 for the Longhorns.
It forced three turnovers to one of its own.
OU possessed the ball for 14 more minutes than the Longhorns and as it would suggest completely dictated the game because of that.
The Sooners got on the board first when they methodically drove downfield on their opening drive spanning 14 plays and 75 yards 2:15 and capped it off with an 8-yard Blake Bell touchdown run.
Texas, however, blocked the point after try and Quandre Diggs returned it 98 yards to make it 6-2.
But not much more than that would go right for the Longhorns all day.
Moments later, running back Damien Williams busted through the line, wide receiver Kenny Stills set him up with a bone-rattling block at midfield, and he sprinted 95 yards for the 13-2 lead.
“I was just being patient and letting things happen in front of me,” Williams said. “You know, you can’t be patient too long, you’ve got to get out there sooner or later. I just had to pick it up.”
Bell picked up his second touchdown early in the second quarter, this time from one yard out, and OU was up 20-2.
Two minutes after that, he found pay dirt again on another 1-yard run and the rout was on, 27-2.
The defense got its two points back when linebacker Jaydan Bird came up with the sack and team safety midway through the second quarter.
“I don’t know how Jaydan got through that gap between those big boys, [but] he got back there,” said defensive end David King. “I hit the gap and I was double teamed, so I just kept coming around the tackle and I saw the stuff in the end zone. I just gave the safety sign.”
On the other side Bell wasn’t done yet, either.
His fourth touchdown and third 1-yard scoring run made it 36-2 with 3:28 to go in the first half, an advantage it would carry into intermission.
“Whenever I can get in there, when coach calls my name and I go in there, I’m just going to do my job and that is just trying to get the first down or the touchdown or whatever I am in there to do,” Bell said.
That 34-point halftime lead becomes the second-largest in OU history next to only the 2000 game when it led 44-7 at recess.
The Sooners padded the scoreboard some more in the second half after Texas cut into the lead with the first points of the second half.??
Those came when cornerback Carrington Byndom picked off quarterback Landry Jones’ pass and took it 28 yards to the house.
OU again struck next on place kicker Mike Hunnicutt’s 36-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
Quarterback Landry Jones, who became the program’s career wins leader with his 33rd victory, then hit Millard for a 25-yard scoring toss over the middle of the field, putting OU up 46-8.
“It’s just been a blessing, it’s been a ride,” Jones said. “I got here in 2008 and I never would have thought that I would have stayed around this place, but I’m just really blessed. I just thank God to get to play at a university like this place. It’s really special and there is so much tradition around this place. You look at it and you’re just really thankful that you get to come play.”
Hunnicutt tacked on another field goal, a 32-yarder early in the fourth, and it was 49-8.
The Sooners would even score two more touchdowns.
Wide receiver Justin Brown’s 14-yard touchdown reception ran it to 56-8 with just less than seven minutes remaining.
Running back Brennan Clay scored the team’s fourth 1-yard touchdown run of the day, sandwiched around a pair of touchdown passes by Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who found wide receivers Mike Davis and John Harris for 44- and 19-yard scores, respectively.
The latter of the two capped off all the scoring.
Jones finished 21-for-37 for 321 yards and the two touchdowns along with an interception,while Williams rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
Millard led all OU receivers with his 119 yards and a touchdown on five catches, while he also ran it three times for 45 yards.
“We just played really well,” Jones said. “We’re capable of doing that all the time if people are going to play hard and people are going to play smart. We’re just capable of doing a lot of different things.”
Texas backup quarterback Case McCoy actually threw for 102 yards and two scores on 5-for-8 passing.
Davis finished with a team-high 89 receiving yards and a touchdown, catching five passes, and running back Daje Johnson led the Texas ground attack with 41 yards on four carries.
OU now awaits a 6 p.m. CT home contest against Kansas next week, while Texas heads home to face Baylor at either 2:30 or 7 p.m.
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