- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
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DALLAS -- For the second straight year Texas came into the Red River Rivalry believing it had a chance. And for the second straight year Texas didn’t have a chance by the time the first 30 minutes were over. And that is being generous.
Stat of the half: Texas did not pick up its first first down until there was 9:29 remaining in the second quarter. Until David Ash hooked up Mike Davis on the 31-yard pass, Texas had 14 total yards on 12 plays. Ash followed that throw with an interception.
Player of the half: Alex King. That’s right the punter. King had a 51.2-yard average on five punts. King was able to pin the Sooners at the five after a 65-yard punt. But OU soon turned that into a 95-yard touchdown run by Damien Williams.
What’s working for Texas: Nothing. Well, special teams have not been awful. Chris Whaley blocked the first extra point attempt of the game. Quandre Diggs scooped that up and ran for two points the other way.
What’s working for Oklahoma: Everything. The Sooners rolled up 207 yards in the first quarter. Oklahoma was able to do what it wanted on both sides of the line and controlled the tempo of the first half. On defense the Sooners allowed just 65 yards in the half and had a safety.
What Texas needs to do: Figure things out before next week. For three straight weeks Texas proved over and over it has issues tackling. The coaching staff continued to say the ills were fixable. Clearly nothing was fixed. Now Texas has to play Baylor, which has the fastest receivers in the Big 12 and put up 63 points against West Virginia.