Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/12/13
For most teams, suffering their first loss is always heartbreaking. For the Sooners, it takes a hit on their BCS title hopes. But this is no ordinary loss for Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12). This is a loss in the Red River Rivalry to the Texas Longhorns. This one stings. This one hurts. The Oklahoma Sooners sputtered on all sides of the ball and suffered their first loss, a 36-20 defeat in the 108th edition of the RRR in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 12. The win snapped a three-game skid for Texas in the series. Oklahoma came into the game averaging 31.2 points, 455 total yards, and 246 rushing yards per game, while the defense has been the key for them, allowing 13 points, 281.6 total yards, and 168 passing yards which all are tops in the conference. But on a beautiful afternoon, with the Texas State Fair as its background, Oklahoma completely hit a ditch against a Texas team that its dominated in the past two meetings. The Sooners outscored the Longhorns 118-38 in those meetings and both games were well in hand by halftime. Blake Bell suffered his first loss as a starter and threw 134 yards on 12-of-27 passing, his first two interceptions of the season, and was sacked three times. The No. 12 Sooners only managed to gain 276 yards while giving up 443 to the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12). The game was tied after both teams exchanged field goals, but the Longhorns found the end zone first after Chris Whaley picked off Bell and returned it 31 yards for six at the 3:25 mark of the opening quarter. The Sooners would find themselves down 17-3 early in the second after Case McCoy connected with Marcus Johnson for a 59-yard touchdown. Oklahoma rushed for 142 yards. Bell had five rushes for -5 yards, while Keith Ford and Trey Millard led the team with 32 yards. Even more surprising is that Millard, a fullback, led the team with just seven carries. Oklahoma finally found pay dirt after Damien Williams scored from the 3 with 1:38 left in the second to cut it to a 20-10 deficit. Texas would march down field and kick a field goal to end the quarter and led 23-10 at the break. McCoy finished with 190 yards and two touchdowns, while helping the Longhorns beat the Sooners for the first time since 2009 when Case’s older brother Colt last did it. Colt is now a backup on the 49ers. Michael Hunnicutt made a 37-yard field goal to open the third quarter to make it a 10-point deficit once again. The offense just wasn’t sharp and the defense gave up a long touchdown up to this point. To make matters worse, even the special team took a hit. With 7:41 left in the quarter, the Sooners punted to Daje Johnson, who took it to the house for a long, 85-yard score. Six and a half minutes later, McCoy tossed his second score, a 38-yarder to Mike Davis to give Texas its biggest lead of 36-13. Defensive lineman Geneo Grissom got Oklahoma’s final points as he picked off McCoy’s pass early in the fourth and returned it for a 54-yard touchdown. “The Sooners came out with their 10-game Big 12 winning streak snapped”. (YahooSports) ‘”Those are always difference makers in this game. And they were a big part of the game today,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said of Texas’ first two non-offensive TDs this season. “They made some big pass plays that were big plays in the game, and we didn’t have hardly any big plays that way offensively. In each part of the game I thought they outplayed us.”‘ (YahooSports) The loss drops Stoops’ record against Texas to 9-6.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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