Oklahoma’s Red River Resurrection Falls Short

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The 113th edition of the Red River Showdown featured OU and Texas facing off as ranked opponents for the first time since 2012.

The Sooners took the opening kick. Kyler Murray orchestrated a brilliant drive. He connected with Trey Sermon on a 24 yard run-pass option that put the Sooners inside the Texas five. That culminated with Murray finding Marquise Brown on a four yard touchdown pass. The Sooners had a 7-0 lead.

It didn't take Texas long to respond. Sam Ehlinger connected with Lil'Jordan Humphrey on a huge gain, then followed that up with a 36 yard bomb to Collin Johnson. Texas tied it up when Lil'Jordan Humphrey found Collin Johnson on a two yard touchdown pass. That tied the game up at 7.

The Texas defense made a huge play on Oklahoma's next possession. Kyler Murray fired across the middle and was intercepted by Brandon Jones. Murray was also called for an illegal block on the interception return which gave Texas a short field. The Longhorns would convert a 44 yard field goal by Cameron Dicker. Texas had a 10-7 lead over OU.

After one, the Horns had a 10-7 lead, but Oklahoma didn't panic. They manufactured a long sustained drive spanning more than 60 yards resulting in a 32 yard Austin Seibert field goal. Marcelias Sutton made his first appearance in two weeks and rushing it six times for 24 yards on the drive.

It didn't take long for Texas to fight back. On their ensuing drive the Sooners forced a third and 20, but Ehlinger hit Andrew Beck on a 19 yard pass in OU territory. The Horns went for it on 4th down, converted, and a couple of plays later, Ehlinger found Tre Watson on a 28 yard touchdown strike. Linebacker Mark Jackson couldn't keep up with Watson out of the backfield. Texas took a 17-10 lead.

Oklahoma went three and out on their next drive. Texas made the Sooners pay. The Horns offense went through the Sooners defense like a hot knife through butter. Sam Ehlinger hustled to a nine yard touchdown run to give Texas a 24-10 lead in the second.

Oklahoma wouldn't go quietly. The Sooners went on an 11 play, 80 yard drive. Kyler Murray had to convert a fourth and short and did so by hitting CeeDee Lamb on a quick strike. That's how the drive would end as well, with Murray finding Lamb on a five yard touchdown strike. Oklahoma cut the Texas lead to seven, 24-17.

The Sooners left the Horns just 45 seconds after that drive and that's how the half would end. Texas leading 24-17. Sam Ehlinger hit the locker room 10-12 for 161 yards with two touchdowns. Kyler Murray was 11 of 15 for 135 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The second half started and more of the same for the Oklahoma defense. They allowed Texas to trot down the field which included a fourth down run by Sam Ehlinger of seven yards. He capped off the drive by powering home a five yard touchdown run. Texas took a 31-17 lead over Oklahoma.

Oklahoma again responded, Kyler Murray connected with Marquise "Hollywood" Brown on a 77 yard touchdown to keep the game within reach for the Sooners. The reception put Brown at five grabs for 101 yards and two touchdowns. The Sooners still trailed 31-24.

The momentum began to shift after that. Oklahoma forced their first punt of the game. But on the very next play, Kyler Murray tired to brace a fall with the football and fumbled it. It was recovered by Breckyn Hager. It gave Texas a short field. Texas would capitalize. Sam Ehlinger scored on a touchdown run, his third rushing touchdown of the day. Texas led 38-24.

Oklahoma would give it back to Texas on a punt and the Sooners defense ws once again shredded. Sam Ehlinger capped off a nine play drive hitting Lil'Jordan Humphrey on a 15 yard touchdown strike. His second of the game. Texas on top 45-24.

Oklahoma didn't roll over. Kyler Murray threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day, this one to Lee Morris from 16 yards out. Oklahoma cut the Texas lead to 14, 45-31.

Oklahoma found a way to get a stop with 5:15 left. Ensuing possession, Kyler Murray scrambled 67 yards for the touchdown on the first play. The Sooners trailed 45-38. Oklahoma still alive.

The Oklahoma defense got another stop and took possession with 3:43 remaining from their own 36. Kyler Murray dumped one off to Trey Sermon for 35 yards. Sermon powered his way inside the 10 for the Sooners on the next play. Oklahoma scored on their next play. Kyler Murray pitched an option to Trey Sermon who scored from 6 yards out. Tie game at 45.

On Texas' next possession they drove the ball to the 23 setting up a 40 yard field goal for freshman Cameron Dicker who nailed the field goal. The Austin native gave the Horns a 48-45 lead with 9 seconds left.

Oklahoma had one chance with 3 seconds left, Oklahoma tried to connect on laterals, but a pitch was recovered by Texas and the Sooners were upset 48-45. The Red River Comeback falls short.

Kyler Murray finished 18-25, 307 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception. Murray rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown. Trey Sermon accounted for 113 total yards and a touchdown.

Texas' Sam Ehlinger went 24-35, 314 yards, 3 touchdowns, 19 rushes for 72 yards and three touchdowns. Lil'Jordan Humphrey had 9 receptions for 133 yards 1 touchdown and a touchdown pass.

Oklahoma will have extra time to think about this loss. The Sooners are off until they face off with TCU on the road October 20th.

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