After a big win over OU on Saturday from the Cotton Bowl, football isn't the only thing that's fun again. Recruiting is sure to see an uptick over the final stretch of 2019's class. On-field success coupled with the resources and amenities of Austin usually equals recruiting success. Tom Herman could always evaluate and recruit, now he's got a winning program to sell. The Inside Scoop delivers.
The 2008 Red River Shootout was the second of three consecutive I attended. It was easily the most exciting and rewarding live game I’ve attended in any sport. Because of the scarring that had resulted from five consecutive defeats to Bob Stoops’ Sooners, there wasn’t a ton of confidence going into any of these games even though Texas ended up finishing 3-1 against OU during the Colt McCoy era.
Our Coach Venable turns in his grades after the Texas-OU brawl in Dallas on Saturday from the Cotton Bowl. The offense continues to struggle and rely on the QB, while the defense has spurts of greatness, sprinkled with secondary breakdowns. Here's Coach V's grades after UT's 29-24 loss at the Red River Shootout.
Yeah, I’d say that thin, pasty-faced Brit nailed it. I’ve pretty much wanted to smash faces with a sledgehammer all week. Do you wear gloves for that sort of thing? I don’t need much reason to hate the Sooners.
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.
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.
Every college football coaching job has at least one unforgivable sin, a failure that simply can’t be tolerated and will get a coach onto the hot seat in a real hurry. Texas actually has a few, but one of them is unquestionably to repeatedly fail to punish the Oklahoma Sooners for their general insolence.