Oklahoma vs. Texas score: Defense leads Sooners to victory over Longhorns in Red River Showdown
DALLAS — It may not have been the offensive explosion that is sometimes delivered in the Red River Showdown, but No. 6 Oklahoma’s 34-27 win over No. 11 Texas on Saturday had a little bit of everything, including defense. Yes, defense.
The Sooners led just 10-3 at halftime, but were able to pull away late as their defense held the Longhorns to just 310 yards — a chunk of which came in garbage time. That was also the result of eight sacks by seven different Sooner defenders. Still, that averages out to about 4.2 yards per play for Texas, whose offense was under duress and held in check all afternoon. Particularly, the lack of running back depth really showed for the Horns. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger had no room to run and finished with negative yards rushing. Roschon Johnson led the running backs with 95 yards on eight carries, but most of them came on two long runs. Otherwise, there was no room to be had. Similarly, leading receiver Devin Duvernay was held in check with just 59 yards combined rushing and receiving on 11 touches.
Oklahoma had a far better day on the ground with quarterback Jalen Hurts and running back Kennedy Brooks, who combined for 236 of the Sooners’ 276 yards on the ground. Receiver CeeDee Lamb was a game-changer with three touchdowns and 171 receiving yards. It wasn’t the cleanest effort from the OU offense — they had two red zone turnovers — but the big plays were there in the second half.
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