NCAA Football Pre-Review: #20 Oklahoma Sooners vs. #3 Texas Longhorns

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NCAA Football Pre-Review: #20 Oklahoma Sooners vs. #3 Texas Longhorns
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Pre-review? I don’t think I follow.

For those of you not exactly sure what a pre-review is, please refer to the introduction of my inaugural pre-review.  

The Oklahoma Sooners look to build on their momentum following last week’s victory over Baylor, which featured the return of Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford.

The Texas Longhorns look to regain the respect that may have been lost with a dismal start against Colorado, which might have caused a drop in the polls when Alabama leapfrogged over UT into the No. 2 spot.

Bradford vs. McCoy.

 

SOONER VS. LONGHORNS PRE-REVIEW

Saturday 12 p.m. (UT -3, o/u 54)

 

1st Quarter

Oklahoma receives the opening kick-off and returns the ball inside Texas territory. After a 13-yard run by DeMarco Murray, Bradord finds Ryan Broyles down the middle of the field for a 23-yard touchdown completion.

Texas' first possession results in a three-and-out as Oklahoma’s defense makes an early statement.

After exchanging punts, OU is forced to punt again. Jordan Shipley fumbles the ball on the punt return and OU recovers with 1:43 left in the quarter.

Bradford is able to connect on easy short passes, allowing the Sooners a 1st-and-goal from the six-yard line.

Murray is able to find space along the left side of the line and scores a six-yard touchdown.

End of 1st: OU 14-UT 0

 

2nd Quarter

McCoy is finally able to get the Longhorns moving. Jordan Shipley catches a 42-yard pass to give Texas new life.

After a couple of runs up the middle, McCoy connects with Dan Buckner for a nine-yard touchdown completion.

Another exchange of punts as the defenses remind us they are here.

With 5:31 left in the half, Bradford makes his first mistake of the game, throwing a wobbler toward the right side for a pick after being hit on the throw.

Texas takes advantage by tacking on a FG.

Oklahoma answers by driving the field and adding a FG of its own with 0:07 to go.

End of Half: OU 17-UT 10

 

3rd Quarter

The Longhorns get the running game involved to start the half. McCoy to Kirkendoll gains 21 yards. The next play is not as successful as Fozzy Whitaker fumbles the ball and OU recovers on the 18-yard line.

The Sooners add another FG and the offenses stall the rest of the quarter.

End of 3rd : OU 20-UT 10

 

4th Quarter

Texas is able to get the passing game going. McCoy is able to connect with Shipley for a 12-yard touchdown with 13:33 left to go.

The Longhorns step it up on defense and make a big stop on 3rd-and-6.

After Texas advances the ball past midfield, they are knocked out of FG range by a holding call. They are forced to punt on fourth and long.

An impressive drive by OU sets up Murray for another touchdown run. This time Murray shoots up the middle for a nine-yard TD.

The Sooners’ defense holds McCoy on four straight passing plays to end the game.

Final: OU 27-UT 17

 

Notable stats:

Players of the Game:

Sam Bradford 22-35, 279 yards, 1 TD 1 INT

Colt McCoy 29-43, 255 yards, 2 TD 2 INT

 

Summary

The Sooners and Longhorns played a back-and-forth game all day. Texas’ running game was stabilized by the Sooners which proved to be the difference.

Bradford performed admirably, as OU is in the driver’s seat for a Big 12-title game appearance and possible BCS bowl bid.

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