“Heck of a football game. This game continues to live up to its billing as the best game in college football. I was talking with Coach (Cale) Gundy down there in the locker room. He’s been a part of this game for so long and it never changes. It never needs to. It’s pretty special.
Hard-hitting, fun game. Great atmosphere again as always. Really proud of how we played defensively certainly early in the game. I thought it was really a struggle offensively really for both offenses in the first half. We had a lot of opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on.
Defensively just was awesome. We tackled well, covered them well. Obviously we were able to get quite a bit of pressure on the quarterback which is probably the key to the game.
Second half, just kind of became like a prize fight, each team taking their shots, making a lot of plays. We made a few more in the end. I’m proud of our guys, proud of how they handled this entire week. They were ready to play and win this game. Any time you win this one, it’s special.” – Opening Statement
“Well, regardless of what the outside world thinks, we believe a lot in our defense. We talked about it last night, Coach Grinch talked about it in the defensive meeting, we talked about it in the team meeting.
I don’t care what our defensive calls are, schemes. Not that I don’t care, but the way we play right now was the difference today. Aggression, fundamentally sound, kept our aggression even in the second half when Texas made a few plays. We were outstanding there.
We’re going to continue to get better. This won’t be our best game. It was a really good performance defensively against obviously a very talented offense.” – On the play of the defense
“They weren’t able to practice much, didn’t look real promising. Able to do some walk-throughs at the end of the week. I mean, they weren’t healthy. They just gutted it out for us really.” – On Adrian Ealy and Erik Swenson
“…obviously this one hurts. Hurts the most for our seniors. But we also know that we can’t let that team beat us twice. We’ve got a long season ahead of us, and we’ve got to come to work tomorrow ready to learn from our mistakes, accept the feedback, and get better.”
• The Sooners have scored at least 34 points in 16 straight games and in 27 of the last 28 contests. The 16-game streak is tied for the second longest nationally since at least 1980 (Florida State also accomplished the feat in 2013-14).
• OU scored on its opening possession for the fourth straight game against Texas. The Sooners scored three touchdowns and a field goal in that span (FG came in 2018 Big 12 Championship).
• Saturday marked the fifth time in six games this season the Sooners have held their opponent to no points in the opening quarter.
• The Sooners have outscored their opponents 69-7 in the opening quarter.
• Oklahoma forced a punt on its opponent’s opening drive for the sixth straight game.
• The Oklahoma defense tied a school record with nine sacks and recorded its most tackles for loss (15) in a game since 2011 (16 vs. Texas). It was the fourth time OU has totaled nine sacks in a game (vs. Nebraska in 2005, Arkansas in 2011 and Kansas State in 1983).
• The Sooners’ 15 tackles for loss were their second most ever against Texas.
• Eight OU defenders recorded a sack and 14 players were credited with at least half of a tackle for loss. A total of 23 Sooners notched a tackle in the game.
• Oklahoma had two 100-yard rushers for the first time since last year’s regular season finale against West Virginia. It was the first time OU has had two rushers go over 100 yards against Texas since 1996 (159 by James Allen and 107 by De’Mond Parker).
• Saturday marked the 46th time in 60 games since the start of the 2015 season that OU registered at least 500 yards of total offense.
• Completed 16 of 28 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed 17 times for 131 yards and a score, totaling 366 yards of offense.
• Recorded the most rushing yards by an OU quarterback against Texas. The previous high was 117 yards by Jack Mitchell in 1947. The 131 rushing yards also established a Cotton Bowl Stadium collegiate record by a QB.
• Became the first OU player since RB Damien Williams in 2012 to rush for more than 100 yards in a first half against Texas (had 107).
• One of only four OU quarterbacks to rush for more than 100 yards in a game against Texas. Jack Mitchell (117) in 1947, Jack Mildren (111) in 1971 and Charles Thompson (114) in 1987 were the others to do it.
• Threw three passing TDs for the fifth time in six games this season.
• Has thrown 17 passing TDs and rushed for eight more through six games.
• Made both field goal attempts (19 and 34 yards) and all four PATs. He is 5 for 5 on field goals this season.
• Rushed 10 times for 105 yards (10.5 average). It was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the seventh of his career.
• Notched 171 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns on a career-high 10 receptions (17.1 average). It was his sixth career game with multiple TD receptions and second with three TDs (both this season).
• Tied the OU record for most receptions in the Red River Showdown against Texas (Dede Westbrook, 2016).
• Became only the third Sooner to score three receiving TDs in a game vs. Texas, joining Manuel Johnson (2008) and Westbrook (2016).
• He now has 28 career touchdown receptions, which ranks third in school history. The junior needs three more to tie Mark Clayton for second (Ryan Broyles holds the career record with 45).
• Has scored a touchdown in eight straight games, dating back to the 2018 Big 12 Championship. It is tied for the second longest streak in program history, matching Mark Clayton (eight straight games in 2003).
• It was his 10th career contest with at least 100 receiving yards and third this season.
• Increased his season receiving totals to 28 receptions for 610 yards and 10 touchdowns.
• Now ranks sixth in OU career receiving yards (2,575) and 11th in career receptions (139).
• Recorded a career-high two sacks and four total tackles (three solo, one assist). He had only one sack this season (vs. Houston) entering today’s game.
• Recorded his first career sack, for a loss of three yards.
• Recorded a career-high 10 total tackles (nine solo, one assist) with one tackle for loss. His 10 stops were a game high.
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