As part of our Red River Rivalry in July, we look at five plays from the Red River Rivalry that OU fans would rather forget.
Royal’s Roll gets started
Bobby Lackey threw only five passes against Oklahoma in 1958. He wasn’t even the starter when the game began. That duty had fallen on the shoulders of Vince Matthews. But in the fourth quarter, when Texas, down by six, needed a play, it was Lackey who was under center against the No. 2 Sooners.
Texas had not beaten OU in eight years. This was perhaps the Longhorns’ best chance. Lackey had Texas at the OU 10-yard line when he rolled out to find Bill Bryant for the tying touchdown. The sophomore from Welasco, Texas followed up the touchdown pass with an extra point to give Texas a one-point lead. He added a 28-yard interception on the Sooners’ ensuing drive to seal the game.
It was the first of eight straight wins over Oklahoma for coach Darrell Royal.
Bubba’s scoop and score
Peter Gardere was 4-0 against Oklahoma in his career at Texas. But it wasn’t the quarterback’s arm that propelled the Longhorns to a win in 1991. Instead it was the hands and the quick feet of Bubba Jacques. With 13:30 left to play and Texas on the wrong end of a 7-3 score to the No. 6 Sooners, Jacques scooped up fumble by OU fullback Mike McKinley and went 30 yards for what would be the game-winning touchdown.
However, it might have been the play before the play that turned the 5-foot-9 Jacques into a giant that day. Jacques told the media following the game that he had noticed OU’s ball carriers were holding it high and told his teammates in the huddle to tackle the ball. James Patterson did just that when he went after McKinley. The ball came loose and Jacques, after finally securing the ball after three bounces, was running loose into the end zone.
Keith Cash was part of a package deal when he signed at Texas. Of course there was his brother Kerry, but also in the mix was another San Antonio Holmes High standout wide receiver, Johnny Walker. The trio dubbed themselves the “Posse.” The goal was to return Texas to national prominence. Keith Cash’s play in the final minutes against No. 4 Oklahoma in 1990 helped to do just that.
On a 4th-and-7 at the OU 16 with two minutes to play, Cash grabbed a touchdown pass from Peter Gardere to give Texas a 14-13 lead. It was the second straight year a member of the “Posse” came up with a game-winning grab. Walker had a 25-yard touchdown from Gardere with 1:33 left to play in the 1989 game.
Texas, who had not been ranked in the top five since 1984, made it to a No. 3 ranking that year before being crushed by Miami in the Cotton Bowl.
Kicking it into high gear
Jordan Shipley caught 11 passes, the most by anyone in the 106-year history of the rivalry, had 112 receiving yards and a 37-yard touchdown catch in No. 5 Texas’ 45-35 upset win over No. 1 Oklahoma in 2008.
But it was his 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter that was the play of the game.
“The kickoff return was an answer that really reset the tempo,” Texas coach Mack Brown said after the game.
Oklahoma was rolling before the kickoff return, up 14-3 and it looked as if the Sooners might be ready for more.
Shipley’s touchdown allowed Texas to catch its breath and realize that it could hang with Oklahoma. Despite the Sooners answering right back with a touchdown of their own, the Longhorns scored 17 points in the second quarter and only trailed by one going into halftime.
With the momentum on their side, the Longhorns matched the Sooners blow for blow and came away with a 45-35 win.
Stone Cold Stop
The reverse worked. Well, almost. All of Texas’ defense bit on the reverse to Oklahoma’s James Allen on the one-yard line. Everyone but the biggest body on that defense. Stonie Clark, all 350 pounds of him, found himself with an angle on Allen. One that would intersect at the one-foot line. Allen was no match for Clark. The defensive tackle put his shoulder down and through Allen. Oklahoma was out of downs and out of time.
Clark’s stop, which is arguably the top defensive play for Texas against Oklahoma, preserved a 17-10 win over the Sooners in 1994. It also turned Clark into a legend around Austin. Some 17 years later, Clark still gets asked about the play.
“I hear about it every day …” he told the Texas sports media department. “When I introduce myself to people in the community, they may remember my name but not remember where to place it. So once we get to figuring it out, I talk about the play anyway. The way I have been able to look at it is a lot of guys come and go; there have been hundreds of scholarship athletes through UT since I have been, and I am still out there. My name is still out there.”