We still have a long way to go before we become the offense we have a chance to be. We only had one drop but we had one interception and one fumble to offset the good receiving day. We found openings in their secondary but nine poor throws hurt the cause. We had a few hurries/sacks allowed but several were the result of five happy feet in the pocket errors by QB1. We only had two false start penalties so we reduced those drive killing errors but we also had double figures in missed blocks that slowed us down. We had great tempo at times but we still need to understand whether we are taking advantage of the opponent or are we rushing ourselves into a mistake mph's.
DALLAS -- In Year 3 of the Strong Era, wins and progress were a must. After Oklahoma racked up 672 yards of offense in typical Red River Shootout fashion, both are hard to come by. Sooners' QB Baker Mayfield threw for almost 400 yards and three scores, and Dede Westbrook broke the OU receiving record - 232 yards on 10 catches - to help Oklahoma overtake UT, 42-34 at the Cotton Bowl at the State Fair of Texas on Saturday.
DALLAS -- Before the game I noted on Twitter, "Charlie needs to do two things today that overlap. 1) Find an identity on D that works and 2) beat Oklahoma. Neither happened. No. 20 OU knocked off Texas, 45-40, at the Red River Shootout on Saturday.
It's Texas-OU. Red River Shootout. Hate Week. State Fair of Texas. The ultimate rivalry. Strong's fate lays in the balance. Stoops' Sooners are looking to turn their season around. As usual, lots on the line at Fair Park.
Most Texas fans look back to the early 00’s as the worst era of the Red River Shootout for the Longhorns. It’s hard to really disagree that a stretch of five consecutive losses, including two blowouts, was a pretty rough time for Texas fans. However, this lost decade of Texas football hasn’t been much better.
This is now the fourth consecutive season that Texas has entered the Red River Shootout in a state of program-wide chaos. In 2013 everyone was in a panic after blowout defeats against BYU and Ole Miss that included losing Manny Diaz and David Ash for the season. Considering that Texas had lost the previous season’s match-up with the Sooners 63-21, it looked like this game was going to be the final nail in Mack Brown’s coffin. Instead the Longhorns played like it was the only game that had ever mattered in a 36-20 thumping.
Post Texas/OU is a different season all together. Dallas, Texas, Fair Park, the Red River Rivalry—the whole experience is a litmus test. Both the Longhorns and the Sooners fly home knowing exactly who they are and where they stand for the rest of the upcoming season.
Last Saturday’s steamroller win over the hated Oklahoma Sooners must have felt amazing for embattled Texas coach Charlie Strong. Having already been measured for his coffin (short nut wide in the shoulders, a.k.a. the “Mr. Incredible” Model), Strong was widely written off in social media and on Longhorn interwebs.