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Oklahoma knew that they were going to get the best that the Texas Longhorns in Dallas on Saturday and that’s exactly what happened. However, the Longhorns best wasn’t good enough as an injury depleted Sooners team was able to hold on for an intense 45-40 win.
With the OU defense having as many as six starters out at times, Oklahoma’s offense cranked up the speed and attacked the Red River Rivalry record books. In Charlie Strong’s first game as the defensive play caller the Sooners not only posted 45 points but racked up 672 yards in the process, just five yards shy of their record in this series.
Receiver Dede Westbrook caught ten passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Not only was that a Red River Rivalry record but it was also an OU Football record.
Touchdown catches of 71, 42 & 47 today. https://t.co/tDsqRgLZZ2
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Of course a receiver needs to have a quarterback to get the ball to him and in doing so Baker Mayfield eclipsed Sam Bradford for the most passing yards, by an OU quarterback, against Texas.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 8, 2016
Mayfield’s final stat line read 22/31 for 390 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. I’m actually going to give him a pass on the interceptions because of Mark Andrews suddenly having rubber hands and an obvious pass interference call that was inexplicably overlooked. Mayfield’s leadership and moxie were exactly what the Sooners needed.
Samaje Perine was the workhorse that OU needed. The junior running back carried the ball 35 times for 214 yards and also crossed the goal line twice. He also produced a 30-yard run in the second half which was his longest of the season.
Oklahoma will need to figure out their defensive personnel issues as they have been depleted by injury. The combined 85 points made this the highest scoring game in the rivalry.
More recaps and updates to come but take a minute and enjoy today’s win.