3 Red River Takes

This year’s Red River Showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners was quite a thriller. Texas came out on top 48-45, picking up their first win against the Sooners since 2015. Freshman Cameron Dicker nailed the game-winner in the final seconds of the contest.

For Texas, 5-1 is their best record since 2009 while their rival may have compromised their chances of making the College Football Playoff (CFP). History was made as both teams combined for 93 points, a Red River record. The Longhorns’ 48 points is the most they have ever scored in this game.

Here are three takes on the Longhorns’ win:

  1. The Quarterback Duel: Sam Ehlinger and Kyler Murray stole the show. Both quarterbacks fought very hard to keep their team in the game. They combined for 782 yards yards and 10 total touchdowns. They both did it with their arms and legs on many occasions. Ehlinger did the bulk of his damage on long drives, but his highlight moment came on a dart to Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Murray was able to find Hollywood Brown deep for a touchdown and showed off his speed on a 67-yard scamper.
  2. The Longhorns’ D: The scoreboard and the stats sheet doesn’t really show how good the Texas defense was against one of the most potent offenses in America. They gave up over 200 yards of rushing and Murray had his way as a passer. However, the Longhorns generated two sacks and seven tackles for a loss. The game got close in the second half, but the Longhorns got off to a fast start in the first half. They maintained contain on Murray and forced him to read different coverages. In addition, they forced three turnovers. Credit the defense for frustrating the Sooners’ offense and dictating the pace.
  3. The Big 12 Race: This win ought to make Texas a contender for the Big 12 title. Texas hasn’t won it since 2009 and you have got to figure they are dreaming big at this point. They are in the driver’s seat at this point, but the Longhorns have to face Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and Texas Tech in big showdowns to end the season. The aggressiveness on offense has to continue because the defense will bring it. As for the Sooners, they could still win the Big 12 if they win the rest of their contests. They just have to hope for two losses by Texas. It will be interesting to see if both of these teams can win the rest of their games and possibly sneak into the CFP.

Texas will play Baylor at home and they’ll look to beat Baylor for the fourth straight year. As for Oklahoma, they have their bye week now and they’ll travel to Fort Worth, Texas to take on the TCU Horned Frogs. The Sooners’ bye week comes at an opportune time as they’ve got all the time necessary to regroup.

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