10 Oklahoma Sooners 0-3-7-7 — 17
Texas Longhorns 14-0-3-7 — 24
The celebration can begin in Austin. After a dreadful 1-4 start to the football season, Texas stunned rival Oklahoma with a 24-17 victory. After spending much of the week on the hot seat, it was a big victory for head coach Charlie Strong who was visibly excited after the game as the team lifted him up in the air.
The Longhorns got off to a great start with a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. Wide receiver Marcus Johnson scored the first touchdown on a 24-yard jet sweep run. Oklahoma fumbled on the following kickoff and Texas was able to capitalize on the good field position with a second touchdown.
Oklahoma had a late fourth quarter comeback but the Longhorns came up with a final defensive stop to seal the victory. Texas relied heavily on their run game with 313 total rushing yards in the game.
Here is how Texas got the upset victory against Oklahoma:
Texas Scored the First Touchdown
Longhorns wide receiver Marcus Johnson scored a 24-yard touchdown off a jet sweep. Johnson lined up as receiver and ran across to the backfield where he received the pitch. The touchdown gave Texas a 7-0 lead.
The Longhorns Capitalized on a Turnover
Texas forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and recovered it. The Longhorns took advantage of starting an offensive series deep in Oklahoma field position. They scored another touchdown as Ty Swoopes entered the game at quarterback and scored on a rushing touchdown.
Texas Owned the First Half
Much to the dismay of anyone that has watched Texas play this season, it was all Longhorns in the first half. Texas started the game with an early touchdown then recovered a fumble on the following kickoff. They went on to score their second touchdown with the short field position.
Oklahoma was not able to do anything on offense in the first half. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was ineffective in the early stages of the game.
The Sooners Responded With a Touchdown
Mayfield threw his first touchdown pass in the third quarter and cut the Texas lead to seven. Oklahoma was able to defend the Texas offense much better in the second and third quarters.
Swoopes Scored Again for Texas
The Longhorns continued to alternate quarterbacks. Swoopes received most of the snaps inside the redzone. On this play, he faked like he was going to run the ball and threw for a touchdown. The score put the Longhorns up 24-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Semaje Perine Cut the Lead for the Sooners
Perine punched the ball into the endzone to bring the score to 24-17. Mayfield led the Sooners on an impressive offensive drive. Oklahoma was able to capitalize on 4th and eight earlier in the drive.
Charlie Strong Celebrated Like a Boss
It had been a difficult week for Texas head coach Charlie Strong. Strong was criticized after their blowout loss to TCU. Texas upset No. 10 Oklahoma 24-17 and the players made sure to celebrate with their head coach.
Strong also celebrated by wearing the bronzed cowboy hat that is awarded each year to the winning team in the rivalry.
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