1. Texas 48, Oklahoma 45
No, this doesn’t necessarily mean Texas is “back” quite yet.
The Longhorns still have to deal with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech on the road, and West Virginia at home. And even if they get by that, it’s more than possible they’ll have to deal with Oklahoma again in Jerry World in early December, but …
This was big.
This was Texas looking more physical than they have in years, this was Sam Ehlinger coming up with the quarterback performance the program hasn’t had in a long, long time, and this was the program really and truly throwing its well-earned Golden Hat into the ring for the College Football Playoff.
The Maryland loss can easily be forgiven. It was the season opener, it was an emotional moment for the Terps, and Texas has improved by leaps and bounds since then. Go 12-1, win your Power Five conference championship, and …
Just enjoy the moment.
It’s not like it was that long ago since Texas beat Oklahoma – it was 2015. But this just looked and felt different. This was a Longhorn team with a tough offense, a defense that didn’t miss tackles, and the fortitude to get by an Oklahoma team that looked and played like it was about to pull off a miracle.
OU’s offense might have been amazing, and it might continue to be special, but the defensive front was pushed around, the secondary couldn’t handle the large Texas receivers, and when it was time to come up with one big stop in the final moments, it didn’t happen.
Kyler Murray completed 19-of-26 passes for 304 yards and four scores with a pick, and ran 11 times for 92 yards with a 67-yard touchdown – tearing off the dash we’ve all been waiting for all season.
Sam Ehlinger did his part to get into the Heisman race with a 24-of-35 day with 314 yards, two touchdowns, and 72 rushing yards and three scores. He was brutish when needed, and clutch when he had to be.
But just like this was a launching point for Texas, this isn’t a killer for Oklahoma.
It gets two weeks off to prepare for the trip to TCU. Win that, roll through the rest of the Big 12 schedule – including Oklahoma State, at Texas Tech, and at West Virginia – and win the Big 12 title. Do that, get back to the CFP.
But for now, just enjoy what this was. It was as good a college football game, and as good a Red River Showdown/Rivalry/Shootout as you’ll ever see.