No. 11/10 Longhorns defeated by No. 3/1 Oklahoma, 55-17
Oct. 8, 2011
DALLAS, Texas -- No. 3/1 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) defeated No. 11/10 Texas (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) by a 55-17 count Saturday afternoon in the 106th edition of the AT&T Red River Rivalry at a sold-out Cotton Bowl.
The versatile Foswhitt Whittaker - who had caught a touchdown pass and run for touchdowns while lined up at quarterback earlier in the season - added a kickoff return for a touchdown against the Sooners, and wide receiver Jaxon Shipley hauled in a touchdown catch from quarterback David Ash.
Ash completed 11 of 20 passes for 107 yards, while quarterback Case McCoy completed nine of 16 passes for 116 yards. Running back Malcolm Brown carried the ball 17 times for 54 yards, and Whittaker averaged over seven yards per carry on six attempts. Safety Blake Gideon and linebacker Emmanuel Acho led the Horns with eight tackles each. Defensive tackle Calvin Howell recorded a sack.
Oklahoma took the game's opening possession and moved the ball into Texas territory, but on third and goal from the UT 9, the Longhorns forced OU quarterback Landry Jones to overthrow wide receiver Kenny Stills. The Sooners' Mike Hunnicutt connected on a 26-yard field goal to give OU a 3-0 lead.
Texas picked up a pair of first downs on its initial possession, but the Sooners' Casey Walker sacked McCoy and forced a fumble that was recovered by OU's Frank Alexander at the UT 33. On third and four from the UT 7, Texas defensive tackle Kheeston Randall chased down OU's Jones and forced an incompletion. Hunnicutt connected from 26 yards to give the Sooners a 6-0 lead.
The Horns got on the board on their next possession when Justin Tucker connected on a 46-yard field goal with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter. Running back D.J. Monroe carried for two yards on a third and one, and on second and five from the UT 40, McCoy hit Whittaker for 15 yards and another first down. Whittaker ran for 12 yards to the OU 33 on the next play before the Horns settled for the field goal four plays later.
Oklahoma scored again in the second quarter when Jones found Stills for a 19-yard touchdown pass, as the Sooners assumed a 13-3 lead. The Sooners' Tony Jefferson intercepted UT's Ash on the next UT possession and returned the ball to the UT 33. Jones later found wide receiver Ryan Broyles for a five-yard touchdown, as Oklahoma took a 20-3 lead with 11:43 remaining in the quarter.
The Sooners took the ball into Texas territory on their next two possessions, but the UT defense stood tall and forced punts on both possessions. But the Sooners added another score when OU's Demontre Hurst returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and a 27-3 OU lead.
But the Longhorns quickly answered with a score of their own. UT's Whittaker returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to cut the Sooners' lead to 27-10. It tied the school record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown, matching the effort produced by Johnny "Lam" Jones against SMU in 1978. OU was able to score again in the closing minutes of the second quarter, as Jones found Stills for a 14-yard touchdown and a 34-10 lead.
In the third quarter, OU's Alexander sacked McCoy and forced a fumble that was recovered by David King and taken 19 yards into the end zone for a 41-10 OU lead. The Sooners' Dominique Whaley then scored on a 64-yard touchdown run to push the Oklahoma lead to 48-10 with 8:02 left in the third quarter.
Oklahoma added a touchdown in the fourth quarter when defensive back Jamell Fleming returned a fumble by wide receiver Mike Davis 48 yards for the score.
Texas kept fighting and was able to score the final touchdown of the game two drives later.
UT's Monroe ran for 12 yards to the OU 35, and two plays later, Ash found Shipley for eight yards and a Texas first down. On fourth and four from the OU 19, Ash found Davis for 11 yards to the OU 8, and an Oklahoma personal foul penalty moved the ball to the OU 4. Ash connected with Shipley for a touchdown on the next play to make the final score 55-17.