Quick Hits: No. 13 Oklahoma 63, No. 15 Texas 21
Instant analysis of the Sooners' blowout over the Longhorns.
OKLAHOMA WON: And then some. The Sooners crushed Texas for the second year in a row on the strength of a balanced, start-to-finish blowout that was even more lopsided than the ghastly final score indicates. In a showdown of ostensible equals renewing one of the most competitive rivalries in college football, Oklahoma dominated every phase of the game by stunning margins.
WHY OKLAHOMA WON: OU came roaring out of the chute, driving for touchdowns on five of its first seven possessions en route to an insurmountable 36-2 lead at the half. In the first two quarters alone, Oklahoma held the ball for more than 22 minutes, ran 52 plays and gained more yards (407) than it managed in full games against UTEP, Kansas State and Texas Tech. For the game, the Sooners outgained the Longhorns by nearly 400 yards, 677 to 289.
As bad as Texas was early on defense, the offense was no help: By the time UT moved the sticks for its first first down in the second quarter, the score was already 27-2. With top tailback Malcolm Brown on the shelf for the second week in a row, the Longhorns finished with a paltry 74 yards rushing on 3.2 per carry (much of that coming in garbage time), and sophomore quarterback David Ash -- who came into the game ranked second nationally in completion percentage and third in pass efficiency -- connected on just 13 of 29 passes with two interceptions. Both of UT's offensive touchdowns were meaningless tack-ons in the final five minutes.
WHEN OKLAHOMA WON: If the unfolding carnage wasn't obvious enough after Oklahoma's opening possession, a 14-play, 75-yard march for the game's first touchdown, it was abundantly clear on the Sooners' second score, a 95-yard sprint by tailback Damien Williams with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter. That was the first of three OU touchdowns in a span of 10 minutes and the beginning of the end for the Longhorns.
WHAT OKLAHOMA WON: The Sooners' third consecutive win in Dallas reaffirms their longstanding dominance in the series, moving Bob Stoops' head-to-head record against Mack Brownto 9-5 since they assumed their respective rebuilding jobs in the late '90s. After an uninspiring September, it also reaffirms Oklahoma's credentials as a viable Big 12/BCS contender: At midseason, OU will likely be back in the top 10 in next week's polls, with seven weeks to make up a half-game deficit in the conference standings.
WHAT TEXAS LOST: Last year, the Longhorns rode into this game on a virtually identical wave of optimism out of a strong September, and were handed a virtually identical smackdown in a 55-17 blowout from which they never quite recovered. The 2011 Horns went on to drop four of their last seven and finished outside the final polls for the second year in a row. With its Big 12 hopes definitively dashed by another lopsided reality check, the 2012 edition is suddenly staring at another tailspin.
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