The 2012 Red River Rivalry was a crimson river of joy on Saturday. On a day of total domination, the No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners took down the No. 15 Texas Longhorns, 63-21.
This matchup was shockingly lopsided and never in doubt. Oklahoma drove 80 yards for a touchdown on the game's opening drive. The extra point was blocked and the Longhorns returned it for a two-point score.
That gave Texas fans their only opportunity for happy thoughts. Two Oklahoma possessions later, this happened:
Flash forward and Texas entered the locker room down 36-2. Oklahoma outgained Texas 407-65 in total yards and 206-2 in rushing yards in the first half, which reduced the second half to a mere formality and training exercise.
Football legend Warren Sapp pondered this question at halftime.
Does The University of Texas play football anymore?— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) October 13, 2012
They do still play, Warren, but I don't blame you for asking.
ESPN's Skip Bayless points out that it has been a long, and I mean long, time since Oklahoma laid a beatdown like this on Texas in the Red River Rivalry.
Most physically dominating half I've ever seen OU play vs. Texas. 36-2! And as lifelong fan, I've seen every game since I was 3 years old.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 13, 2012
As you can imagine, it was a rough day for Texas fans. There were plenty who were expressing thoughts similar to this fan.
I just need someone to hold me and tell me everything is going to be alright 😥.....Texas vs. Oklahoma— Coleman Armes (@ColemanArmes) October 13, 2012
How bad were things for Texas? Just before the fourth quarter, The Norman Transcript's John Shinn tweeted this out.
Trey Millard: 144 total yards: Texas: 115.— John Shinn (@john_shinn) October 13, 2012
Millard is Oklahoma's fullback.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma, QB: B
With Oklahoma knifing through the Texas defense by running the ball, Jones didn't need to do much. Still, he finished 21-for-37 with 321 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The pick was returned for a touchdown, and it is troubling that it came on the Oklahoma's first possession of the second half. The only thing the Oklahoma offense had to do at that point was avoid turnovers, and Jones couldn't do it.
Damien Williams, Oklahoma, HB: A-
You saw Williams darting down the field for a 95-yard touchdown run in the above highlight, and that was just part of his fantastic day.
He finished with 22 carries for 167 yards and the touchdown. Williams could have easily gone over 200 yards had there been any reason to use him more.
Trey Millard, Oklahoma, FB: A+
Junior fullback Trey Millard had a career day, blocking, running and catching. All his versatile skills were on display as he had five catches for 119 yards and a touchdown and three carries for 45 yards.
The Texas defense had a terrible time trying to keep track of Millard who broke big play after big play.
David Ash, Texas, QB: C-
Texas' loss was not quarterback David Ash's fault. But he didn't do anything to ease the sting.
Ash was not working with a lot of time in the pocket or open receivers, and his stat line reflects it. He went 13-for-29 with 113 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Alex King, P, Texas: A
There was a bright spot for Texas! Unfortunately, it was the punter. Alex King averaged a fantastic 49.6 yards on eight punts. He has the looks of a guy who will be kicking on Sundays, as long as he doesn't develop crippling tendinitis before he gets there.
The Longhorns will try to rebound next week as they host Baylor. The Sooners will host Kansas next Saturday, followed by a big showdown against Notre Dame the following week.