Saturday afternoon was full of surprises and excitement, but by far one of the more notable outcomes was the Texas Longhorns overcoming a mountain of scrutiny and manhandling the Oklahoma Sooners in this year’s edition of the Red River Rivalry, 36-20. With all of the struggles thus far that Mack Brown and his team have endured this season, it was a breath of fresh air for a program that desperately needed one.
For that performance, the Longhorns have been honored as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.
The win over Oklahoma ended a three-year drought against their rivals, which included two blowout losses in each of the last two seasons by the Sooners.
This time, though, it was the Longhorns who dominated on the field. Running backs Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown combined to shred Oklahoma on the ground for 243 yards, and Case McCoy actually looked the part of what a Texas QB should be. He showed great command of the offense and made some timely decisions, something that he had been lacking in most of his previous amounts of playing time.
Texas will now enjoy a bye week before heading on the road for another conference game against TCU on Oct. 26.