Oklahoma Sooners

Texas 48 – Oklahoma 45 | Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld



“Obviously, very disappointed with the way the game ended. That’s a game we expect to win. We’re going to go back and find a million things we did well and a million things we didn’t do well – that was the message to the team. It was kind of the tale of two games. The first part, we were inconsistent offensively and didn’t get enough stops defensively. Kind of just average on special teams. And then the end of the game, where I was just very proud of our team’s fight there at the end.” – Lincoln Riley opening statement

“We didn’t tackle well. We missed too many big tackles in the open field. I didn’t think we covered great. We had a few too many guys just getting beat to the ball in a couple situations and the glaring thing was the third and longs that we gave up. We gave up a third and 19 and we gave up another third and extremely long and they carried the ball another 10 yards … we’ve got to be better on third downs. We kind of surged there at the
end and played extremely well – more competitive and more like we expect to play there at the end, but we gave them too many and that’s something we’ve all got to do a better job with.” – Riley on the defense

“Yeah, we just had no rhythm to anything we did all day. Just totally off balance. Couldn’t find anything. Started getting a little rhythm and then we gave up a third-and-19 that I thought was critical. It kind of broke our back there. We missed an assignment and let a guy cross. We were starting to get a little bit into the game, and in that situation, we needed a big stop. I think we may have turned it over and had them in a third-and-long and didn’t get off the field. You can’t make a mistake like that in a game like this and get away with it. Too many errors like that. A lack of physicality at times I think was troublesome across the board. Still, our inability to tackle and be physical. We had them stopped on third-and-18 and they drug us for ten or twelve yards maybe to give it to them on fourth down. Schematically, and in other ways, we were just nowhere near good enough for a type of game of this magnitude until we finally got into a little bit of rhythm. I thought we challenged their receivers better in the fourth quarter, and we gave up just way too many easy throws throughout the course of the game.” – Mike Stoops on the defense

“Games like these are always big. It can always go either way. I think the way we finished the game is kind of how we should have started as a team in the first half, playing at your best all four quarters and not just turn it on at the end.”  – Amani Bledsoe on the challenge of the rivalry game

“We just do our thing, you know, we gotta do our jobs. We didn’t really do a good job at tackling. That’s on us, and that’s what really hurt us. There were some things, some situations where we knew what was happening, but we didn’t get to it quick enough and that hurt us. And we’re going to try to fix that from now on.” – Tre Brown on defensive problems

“We had to do a better job tackling. They are a good football team and it took us a little bit to get going. We put up a good fight but if we would have had that same fight throughout the whole game we would be solid.” – Neville Gallimore on the fourth quarter

“Of course it is frustrating. On defense we want to convert and get off the field. We kept fighting till the end and I am proud of the way we fought.” – Kenneth Mann on the frustration of not getting defensive stops

“It is not something that the coaches are doing. It is a personal thing. We need that attitude, we have to want to tackle, it is hard to think about when you are out there trying to make plays and it is moving fast. There are no excuses, at the end of the day players have to make plays and make tackles.” Parnell Motley on defensive struggles

“Obviously we need to tackle better. I feel like we gave up way too many yards as a defense. We need to go in a do work. Coach (Stoops) made a game plan for us and it is up to us to execute. We did not tackle well and obviously on third down we want to do that, so that is something we have to do better at.” – Linebacker Kenneth Murray on defensive struggles

“Obviously I am not used to losing. It hurts and I am disappointed. It is tough because I feel if I do not turn the ball over, I feel it is giving them the advantage when you turn the ball over, we have a better chance of winning the game. Offensively in the first and second half we did a lot of great things. This game is a four quarter game… it is just tough.” – Kyler Murray on his first loss as a starter


• Oklahoma fell to 46-62-5 all-time against Texas, and 13-10 against the Longhorns during the Big 12 era. The 113 meetings are the most for the Sooners against another opponent.
• The Sooners fell to 25-3 overall as the No. 7 team in the AP poll.
• Oklahoma’s loss was only its second in its last 29 games against Big 12 competition, dating back to the 2015 season.
• Oklahoma scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, matching its highest fourth-quarter total in series history. The last time the Sooners scored 21 fourth-quarter points against Texas was in 1952.
• WR Marquise Brown’s 77-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter stands as Oklahoma’s longest-ever pass play against Texas.
• Texas’ 48 points were the most it has scored against OU in the series.
• The 93 combined points are the most in series history, eclipsing the 85 combined points (OU 45, Texas 40) in 2016.
• For the first time in series history, both Oklahoma (532) and Texas (501) gained over 500 total yards of offense. The Longhorns surpassed 500 yards for just the second time ever against Oklahoma. OU outgained the Longhorns 9.2 yards per play to 6.7.
• The Sooners have scored at least 30 points in 28 of their last 30 games, and have lost just three of those 30.
• Oklahoma trailed Texas 24-17 at the half, facing its first halftime deficit of the season. OU’s 17 points were its fewest in the first half this season.
• Kyler Murray finished 19 of 26 passing for 304 yards and four touchdowns (214.4 passer rating). It was his fourth game this season with at least 300 passing yards.
• He’s thrown for at least three touchdowns in five straight games, and has multiple passing touchdowns in each game this season.
• Murray has accounted for 26 total touchdowns this season (21 passing, five rushing).
• He scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season on a 67-yard run in the fourth quarter. It was his longest career rushing play. He has scored a rushing touchdown in three straight games.
• Murray’s 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the longest TD run by an OU quarterback against Texas since Jack Mitchell’s 72-yard TD run in 1947.
• Marquise Brown finished with 131 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. It was his eighth career 100-yard receiving game.
• He became the13th Sooner to record a 100-yard receiving game against Texas.
• Brown scored touchdowns on receptions of four and 77 yards. It was his second multiple-TD game of the season (second straight) and the third of his career. He now has 14 career receiving touchdowns and seven this season.
• Has five career touchdowns of 75 yards or longer.
• Has seven catches of at least 40 yards this season. He entered the game leading the nation in catches of at least 40 yards.
• His 77-yard touchdown reception was his 12th reception of at least 50 yards in his 20 games as a Sooner (ninth of at least 50
yards for a touchdown). Since the start of the 2017 season, he leads the nation with 12 catches of at least 50 yards.
• Lee Morris scored his sixth career touchdown and fourth of the season on a 19-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He now has six TDs on 10 career receptions.
• Keneth Murray recorded 10 tackles, good for his fourth straight double-digit tackle game. He is averaging 16.3 tackles per game during that span.

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