After the program-rattling meltdown he oversaw last season, Mack Brown insists nothing shocks him any more.
Nothing. Not three touchdowns by the opposing defense. Not eight sacks against his offense. Not even a 38-point loss by a 4-0 team that was ranked 11th in the country.
So maybe shock was the wrong word to describe Texas' 55-17 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners.
''I was disappointed today that we didn't live up to our side of the match,'' Brown said. ''This is one of the greatest games in college football and our players were so excited, a lot of our new coaches were so excited - and we didn't live up to our side of it.''
The Sooners came in ranked third, a dip from the No. 1 spot they'd held most of the season. They certainly looked worthy of the honor as Landry Jones threw three touchdown passes, Dominique Whaley ran 64 yards for a touchdown and defenders returned two fumbles and an interception for touchdowns.
Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) was precise on offense and swarming on defense. The Sooners scored the first four times they had the ball and cruised to leads of 24 at halftime and 45 midway through the fourth quarter. Texas' only touchdown on offense came in the final minutes, long after Oklahoma was on its way to the most lopsided win over its Red River rival since 2003, when it won by a series-record 52 points.
''It was an excellent day,'' OU coach Bob Stoops said. ''To come down in here in this situation and win like that is really pretty special.''
Oklahoma's most impressive feat was the three defensive touchdowns: an interception returned 55 yards by Demontre Hurst, a sack-fumble returned 19 yards by David King and a vicious strip of a receiver taken 56 yards by Jamell Fleming.
''I don't think I've seen that in many years,'' Brown said.
This was the first time Oklahoma's defense has scored three times in one game. The sacks matched another school record.
Worse yet for Texas (4-1, 1-1) is that this win pushed OU ahead of UT for the fourth-best winning percentage among major colleges. Only Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State are better. The Longhorns actually slipped from third to fifth.
Texas played Oklahoma tougher last year, when the Longhorns were on their way to a 5-7 season that would lead to turnover at both coordinator jobs and at quarterback early this season.
The new QB tandem of sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash had their share of rookie mistakes, such as McCoy losing two fumbles and Ash throwing two interceptions. Receiver Mike Davis was to blame for the pickpocket fumble.
The two times Oklahoma didn't immediately score on those turnovers, the Sooners still cashed them in for points, getting a field goal and a touchdown on the ensuing drives.
''You don't give yourself a chance to win,'' Brown said.
With the Sooners stuffing running plays and getting heavy pressure on passes, McCoy and Ash couldn't keep drives going. The longest completions before the game turned into a joke were a screen for 15 yards and an 18-yarder along the sideline against a prevent defense in the final seconds of the first half.
How silly did it become? Late in the third quarter, Texas let a first-and-10 at the Oklahoma 15 turn into a fourth-and-49 from its own 47. The ensuing punt didn't even reach the first-down marker.
''You learn so much from a loss like this,'' Ash said. ''You learn what it takes to play at the level Oklahoma plays. They're a great team. It's great to get exposed to that. We're a young team. The great thing is we have so much potential to become a really great team.''
The Sooners were so ready for the Longhorns that they let them know it before kickoff. Oklahoma players lined up between the 30s and hollered at Texas players as they ran onto the field. Coaches and officials scrambled to maintain peace.
OU drove inside the Texas 10 on its first two series, but settled for field goals of 26 and 24 yards, seemingly bothered by the noise at the end of the field occupied by Texas fans. The Sooners moved into the friendly end for the start of the second quarter and, on the first play, Jones threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.
Oklahoma got the ball back on an interception by Tony Jefferson, a linebacker who picked off passes on three consecutive series against Ball State. Jones threaded a 30-yard pass between two defenders on a third-and-25, then hit Ryan Broyles with a 5-yard pass just inside the right front corner of the end zone.
The play had to be reviewed, and Oklahoma fans used the break to start chanting ''Boomer! Sooner!'' Longhorns fans answered with their chant ''Texas! Fight!'' Their cries lasted longer and were louder than their foe's, only to end with the news that the touchdown stood.
Texas fans were hardly heard from again. Once Oklahoma got its third defensive score - the strip of Davis with 11:22 left - most folks in burnt orange headed out to drown their sorrows at the State Fair going on all around the Cotton Bowl.
McCoy was 9 of 16 for 116 yards and three sacks. Ash was 11 of 20 for 107 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions and four sacks.
Jaxon Shipley caught nine passes for 89 yards, including a 4-yard TD pass from Ash with 2:31 left. He took one snap at quarterback and was sacked.
Fozzy Whitaker had the 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, tying the school record. He also ran for 43 yards and caught a pass for 15.