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DALLAS -- Oklahoma beat Texas every which way en route to a dominant 63-21 victory at the Cotton Bowl.

It was over when: Backup quarterback Blake Bell plunged over the goal line for his fourth touchdown to put OU ahead 36-2 three minutes before halftime. The rout was on from there.

Game ball goes to: OU fullback Trey Millard, who had his best offensive performance as a Sooner. Known more for his blocking, Millard led OU with 119 yards receiving and a touchdown on five catches. He also rushed for 45 yards on three carries.

Stat of the game: The Sooners produced both their longest rush and longest pass in the history of the Red River Rivalry. Damien Williams’ 95-yard touchdown put OU up 13-2 late in the first quarter. Millard’s 73-yard reception -- in which he a hurdled a Texas defender -- set up the Sooners’ fourth touchdown.

Turning point: Late in the first quarter, Texas punter Alex King pinned OU inside its own 5-yard line. But Williams broke free along the sideline and, with a key block from teammate Kenny Stills, raced 95 yards for a touchdown to put the Sooners up 13-2. Texas failed to generate any momentum the rest of the game.

Unsung hero: Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, whose game plan completely shut down the nation’s sixth-highest scoring offense. Texas was held to just 74 rushing yards, and quarterback David Ash was forced into three turnovers.

What it means: The Sooners are right back in the thick of the Big 12 title race, and maybe the national championship picture, too. Voters are likely to take notice of OU’s dominant Red River performance. With back-to-back losses, Texas will have its work cut out getting off the mat after getting destroyed by its biggest rival.

Halftime Analysis: Oklahoma 36, Texas 2

October, 13, 2012
DALLAS -- The Sooners have turned the Red River Rivalry into an epic beatdown, leading the Longhorns 36-2 at halftime.

Stat of the half: In the first half alone, OU produced its longest rush (95 yards) and longest pass (73 yards) in the history of the Red River Rivalry. Damien Williams scored on the rush, and fullback Trey Millard’s pass reception led to OU’s fourth touchdown.

Player of the half: Take your pick. The defense has been awesome, and numerous Sooners have made plays offensively. But backup quarterback Blake Bell has been unstoppable. Out of the Belldozer package, Bell has rushed for 30 yards and four touchdowns.

What’s working for the Sooners: Everything. OU has outgained the Longhorns 417 yards to 53. The Sooners have 17 first downs to Texas’ one. This has been Josh Heupel’s best game as OU’s offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has taken away everything the Longhorns want to do.

What’s not working for the Sooners: Holder Tress Way bobbled the snap on the opening extra point, and Texas blocked Michael Hunnicutt’s attempt at a kick and returned it all the way into the end zone for two points. That remains Texas’ lone highlight.

What OU needs to do to win: Barring something miraculous, this game is already over. The question only question is, will Texas fight back and make the score respectable? Or will the Sooners gun for their largest margin of victory in the history of the rivalry – 52 points – which is well within striking distance?


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