OU-Texas Rivalry Takes on New Look

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OU-Texas Rivalry Takes on New Look

By Tim Farley

When the Oklahoma Sooners stroll into the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 11, they’ll be looking to avenge last year’s 36-20 upset loss to the Texas Longhorns.

The game also will set the tone for the rest of the season if the Sooners have any hopes finishing among the top four playoff teams vying for a national championship. At the time of publication, No. 4 Oklahoma was 4-0 with wins over Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, Tennessee and West Virginia.

In the previous three OU-Texas matchups, the Sooners outscored the Longhorns 146-58 as OU posted a 28-20 win in 2010, a 55-17 victory in 2011 and a 63-21 blowout in 2012.

But this year’s matchup will mark the first time in 15 years that OU head coach Bob Stoops won’t be coaching against Mack Brown, who resigned after last season amid controversy. During the Stoops-Brown era, OU and Texas fans witnessed their share of long winning streaks and lopsided victories. Stoops’ teams won five in a row (2000-2004) and three in a row (2010-2012), with Brown’s team taking four of five during a stretch from 2005 to 2009.

Brown oversaw Texas’ most lopsided victory in series history, a 45-12 rout in 2005, but was on the wrong end of drubbings by 38 or more points on four occasions. During the 15 years that Stoops and Brown were on opposite sidelines, OU won nine times.

With Brown’s departure from the coaching ranks, Stoops and his Sooners will take on a Longhorn team coached by Charlie Strong. As of this writing, Texas was 2-2 and unranked, which hasn’t made Longhorn fans happy. This year’s matchup is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff in the Cotton Bowl.

Look back

The OU-Texas series has been played since 1900 with the Longhorns owning a 59-43-5 advantage. The first game between the two schools was a 28-2 victory by Texas. The matchup was played in Austin. Texas won the next three years before Oklahoma forced a 6-6 tie in 1903. The Sooners captured their first series win in 1905 with a 2-0 shutout, the lowest scoring affair in history.

Dallas became the permanent home for the OU-Texas rivalry starting in 1914. Prior to that, the game had been played in Austin, Norman and Oklahoma City.

The OU-Texas game has often been a key matchup that sported teams in the top 25. Since 1945, at least one team has been ranked. In addition, at least one of the two teams has been ranked in the top 10 in 47 of the last 69 seasons. During that same time period, either OU or Texas had held the No. 1 ranking 12 times entering the rivalry game.

In 1996, OU won the only overtime game between the two schools as the Sooners escaped, 30-27. At the time, OU was unranked and Texas was No. 25 in the nation. The last tie occurred in 1995 as the Sooners and Longhorns ended the matchup, 24-24.

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