In a dramatic, unforgettable thriller that moves towards the top of the list of Red River Rivalry games, the Oklahoma Sooners survived four overtimes to defeat their rival the Texas Longhorns 53-45 at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.
An interception of Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger by Sooners defensive back Tre Brown in the fourth overtime sealed the win.
OU starting quarterback Spencer Rattler was benched by Lincoln Riley after the first quarter, but came in after halftime and finished with 23-35 passing for 209 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He added 14 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown as well.
Both teams missed a field goal in the third overtime, with Texas’s Cameron Dicker having his 33-yard attempt blocked, and then Gabe Brkic shanking this 31-yarder left.
"31 yards away... OOOOH HE SHANKED IT! WHOA! UNBELIEVABLE! COLLEGE FOOTBALL! FOX SPORTS! THE BIG 12!"- Gus Johnson pic.twitter.com/ow25PaDuXe— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 10, 2020
Ehlinger finishes 30-53 for 287 yards and two touchdowns as well as two interceptions. Despite the high expectations entering the season, the Longhorns fall to 2-2, and might be out of the Big XII Championship Game picture already.
Despite the limited crowd in the games traditional home of the Cotton Bowl during the Texas State Fair, you could cut the tension with a knife at all times. It was Oklahoma’s first Big XII win of the season, and despite the chaos OU covered the spread as two-point favorites.