Oklahoma entered the Red River Showdown as 17 point favorites, but the Horns struck first.
Jerrod Heard briefly left during the 1st quarter but returned in time to help orchestrate a 77 yard drive. The Sooners missed a handful of tackles on a 24 yard touchdown run by Marcus Johnson giving Texas 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Alex Ross fumbled the return giving Texas solid field position. The Longhorns capitalized on a 3 yard Tyrone Swoopes touchdown run giving UT a 14-0 lead.
The Sooners marched all the way down inside the 5 in the second quarter, but had to settle for a 21 yard Austin Seibert field goal cutting the Texas lead to 11 at 14 to 3.
Baker Mayfield was sacked four times in the first half. The Sooners only managed to hammer out 40 rushing yards in the first half as Texas had a 14-3 halftime lead.
The Longhorns opened the 2nd half with the ball and ate up nearly seven minutes on a drive that resulted in a 27 yard Nick Rose field goal. Texas extended their lead to two touchdowns, 17-3.
The Sooner offense came alive in the third as Baker Mayfield connected on a 50 yard pass play to Sterling Shepard which helped set up a 2 yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Dimitri Flowers. It was Flowers' first career touchdown with the Sooners. Oklahoma trailed 17-10.
The third quarter ended with Texas' D'Onta Freeman tearing off an 81 yard run putting the Horns in the red zone. Texas still leading by 7. Caleb Bluiett hauled in his first career touchdown on that drive on a 2 yard pass from Tyrone Swoopes. Texas padded their lead to 24-10.
The Sooners continued to play catch up though and Samaje Perine powered his way into the end zone on a one yard touchdown run. The Sooners trailed 24-17 with eight minutes to play.
However, the ensuing OU drive resulted in a ton of lost yards when Baker Mayfield was sacked for a loss of 17.
The Sooners had to punt it away and never got the ball back. Jerrod Heard put the game on ice with a couple of scrambles. Heard rushed 21 times for 155 yards. Texas only threw 12 passes in the win. As a team, the Longhorns rushed for 355 yards.
Baker Mayfield had a strong showing in the losing effort going 20 of 28, 211 yards, a touchdown and no turnovers. Sterling Shepard led the Sooner receiving core with 6 grabs for 95 yards.
The 24-17 Texas win is the first victory for Charlie Strong over an AP top 10 team.
The Sooners travel to Manhattan, Kansas next weekend for a showdown with Kansas State.