Sooners outlast Longhorns in 4 OT’s, win third straight against Texas

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oklahoma Sooners needed four overtimes to dispatch No. 22 Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners won 53-45 over the Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

“I thought Spencer did some good things early then had a couple plays that I didn’t like,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. “I felt like Tanner would go play well. I also felt like it would help Spencer step back for a second and kind of see the whole thing a little bit and settle down, and I think that happened.”

Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman Creed Humphrey celebrates after defeating the Texas Longhorns
Creed Humphrey celebrates after defeating the Texas Longhorns (Photo by the Oklahoma Sooners Athletic Department)

Both teams are now 2-2 after the game. In addition, both teams have a 1-2 Big 12 Conference record, as well.

Oklahoma has won the last three meetings between the two teams, including a win in the 2018 Big 12 Championship game. The Longhorns have not won in the series since a 48-45 win on October 6, 2018.

Texas leads the all-time series 62-49-5.

Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler went 23 of 35 for 209 yards. He had three touchdown passes and one interception.

T.J. Pledger had 22 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Stogner also had six receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown reception.

Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger went 30 of 53 for 287 yards. He had two touchdown passes and had two interceptions.

Ehlinger had 23 carries for 112 yards and four touchdowns. Joshua Moore had eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.

“We showed the football team we are there at the end when we stay out of our own way, without penalties, a lot of different things, mistakes that are self-inflicted,” said Ehlinger, who threw 53 passes and had 23 carries for a career-high 112 yards. “It’s unfortunate. We’ve got to get better.”

The Sooners scored four rushing touchdowns, as Marcus Major, Pledger (twice), and Rattler all scored. Marvin Mims and Stogner caught touchdown receptions.

Gabe Brkic also made a field goal. Drake Stoops caught the game-winning touchdown. Rattler then hit Theo Wease for the two-point conversion.

Ehlinger had the aforementioned four rushing touchdowns for the Longhorns. He also hit Moore and Keaontay Ingram for touchdown receptions.

Cameron Dicker also made a field goal.

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