No. 21 Texas defeated by No. 8 Oklahoma, 28-20
Oct. 2, 2010
DALLAS (AP) -- Landry Jones took a swipe at the ball he'd just fumbled and did his best to keep it - and the Red River Rivalry - from getting away.
Linebacker Jared Norton came rushing in with a chance to put No. 21 Texas in prime position for a tying touchdown, only to see the ball roll out of bounds. No. 8 Oklahoma was just happy to survive with a 28-20 win over its main rival Saturday.
The Sooners (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) caught another break two plays later when Aaron Williams muffed a punt that would have given the Longhorns (3-2, 1-1) one last chance for a tying drive in the final 62 seconds.
"There's so many times in this game where we had opportunities to win," Texas coach Mack Brown said, "and we didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had."
"Aaron was obviously devastated, and I told him that I made mistakes throughout the day and our entire football team did or we wouldn't be behind by eight. ... He did not lose the game," Brown said.
"We could have gotten the fumble. We could not have been offsides when we got the other fumble. We could have scored instead of field goals. There's countless things that we could have done. It's not one kid's fault when you lose."
The Sooners had lost to Texas the past two years, and four of the last five.
The Longhorns dropped back-to-back games for the first time since 2007.
Garrett Gilbert completed 27 of 41 passes for 265 yards with no touchdowns.
Three of Oklahoma's four scoring drives were extended by Texas penalties on third down, and the Longhorns also had a fumble recovery in the red zone erased after a flag.
Following John Gold's short punt, the Longhorns were flagged for pass interference on third down to keep alive a 48-yard Oklahoma drive that culminated with James Hanna's 2-yard TD catch from Jones that made it 21-7.
Eddie Jones celebrated after coming up with Landry Jones' first fumble inside the 20, only to find out he'd been called for lining up offside on the play. After an incomplete pass on third-and-29, Texas drew a personal foul.
Two plays later, DeMarco Murray tiptoed along the sideline for five steps before somersaulting into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 28-10.
Texas still had a chance against an Oklahoma team that had been outscored 41-10 in the fourth quarter. Cody Johnson caught a 34-yard pass and then scored on a 5-yard run to make it 28-17, and Gilbert threw a 44-yard pass to Malcolm Williams before Ryan Tucker kicked a 21-yard field goal to make it 28-20.