Big 12 Era: Greatest Texas Moments in Texas-Oklahoma Red River Rivalry

Jeffrey Kahn@jkahn24Correspondent IIAugust 12, 2013

Big 12 Era: Greatest Texas Moments in Texas-Oklahoma Red River Rivalry

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    Since the existence of the Big 12, the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma have played in 17 Red River Rivalry games.

    Of those 17 games, the Longhorns have won seven of them.

    They've had their moments of greatness. Most recently, the Longhorns won back-to-back games in 2008 and 2009 with national title implications.

    With the recent Texas struggles in the last three years, the Longhorns look to regain their dominance over Sooners. The Longhorns actually lead the series 59-43-5.

    As the college football season is set to begin less than a month from now, and the next Red River game coming in two months, take a look back at the greatest Texas moments in the Texas-Oklahoma Red River Rivalry during the Big 12 era.

Mack Brown Wins His 1st Red River Rivalry Game

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    Mack Brown had a nice start to his coaching career at the University of Texas. He was blessed with Ricky Williams' senior year.

    1998 was also the year when Williams won his Heisman trophy. When the Longhorns came to Dallas, they were 3-2, suffering losses to No. 5 Kansas State and No. 6 UCLA.

    Luckily, the Longhorns were ready to turn the season around. Williams rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Major Applewhite passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was a 97-yard toss to wide receiver Wane McGarity.

    The Longhorns gave up a field goal in the first quarter and then went on to score 34 points to win 34-3. The video embedded above is one of Applewhite's touchdown passes to wide receiver Kwame Cavil.

2005 Longhorns Snap Losing Streak

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    Vince Young and the Longhorns stepped up to the scene in Dallas and all systems were a go. Previously the Longhorns had lost five straight games to the Sooners.

    On that day in 2005, Young completed 14 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receivers Bill Pittman caught four of those passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

    Check out some of those highlights in the embedded video above.

    While Young rushed for 45 yards, running back Jamaal Charles was handed the ball nine times and rushed for 116 yards. He scored an 80-yard touchdown on one of those touches.

    On the defensive side of the ball, the Longhorns shut down the Sooners. Quarterback Rhett Bomar only passed for 94 yards and running back Adrian Peterson rushed for an abysmal 10 yards.

    Texas defensive end Rodrique Wright scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery at the end of the game and the Longhorns saddled the Sooners 45-12.

Pursuit of Perfection

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    The Longhorns were ready to make a historic run to the national title game.

    Coming off the 45-35 victory in 2008, Texas was anxious for another victory in 2010. Defense was the theme of this low-scoring game as Sam Bradford went down early with a shoulder injury. Landry Jones came in and threw for 250 yards, but was picked off twice.

    For the Longhorns offense, Marquise Goodwin was a small story as the freshman from the Dallas area scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Colt McCoy.

    As the game went to the fourth quarter, kicker Hunter Lawrence drilled a 32-yard field goal and the Longhorns defense was stout the rest of the game.

    The Longhorns won 16-13 and eventually went on to the national championship game where they lost 21-37 to Alabama.

Ricky Williams Runs Wild in 1997

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    The Longhorns were off to a dismal start in 1997, going 2-2 in the beginning of the season. For the first time since 1968 neither the Longhorns or Sooners were ranked. This game was strictly for bragging rights.

    Texas and junior running back Ricky Williams were ready for Oklahoma. The previous week against Oklahoma State, Williams rushed for only 79 yards.

    On this day in 1997, Williams rushed for 223 yards and scored twice. His counterpart, Oklahoma running back De'Mond Parker rushed for 291 yards in an excited game.

    The two backs put up historic numbers in the rivalry, and Texas was able to come up victorious 27-24.


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    One moment that should have been even greater was the 45-35 win for Texas over the Sooners in 2008.

    Colt McCoy and the Longhorns were ready to show the nation that they were legit, and what better a way to do it against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners.

    McCoy threw for 277 yards and a score while running back Chris Ogbonnaya rushed for 127 yards. On the goal line, halfback Cody Johnson pounded out three touchdowns for 2-yards or less.

    Despite Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford passing for nearly 400 yards, Texas safety Earl Thomas was able to pick off Bradford twice.

    What made this game more significant for the Longhorns was that Texas went on to lose to Texas Tech in Lubbock. At the end of the year, the BCS didn't favor Texas even though they had only lost one game and knocked off the No. 1 Sooners.

    The Longhorns ended up watching the Sooners go to the BCS National Championship game despite Texas being triumphant over Oklahoma 45-35.