Top-Ranked Oklahoma Stunned By Colt McCoy's Texas Longhorns

Bleacher Report Senior Writer IOctober 11, 2008

In Lubbock, Texas and Austin, Texas, it's all good. Today, the Texas Longhorns went on the road to defeat the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 45-35.

Colt McCoy tore up a pretty good Oklahoma secondary. He was 28-for-36 with 277 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. For the game, he had a 77.8 completion percentage.

Sam Bradford was no bum. The Oklahoma quarterback had 385 yards on 28-of-39 passes. Oh by the way, he had five touchdown passes and one interception.

But this seemed to be Colt's day.

For most of the game, the Sooners were in control. They were going blow-for-blow. Oklahoma scored early and didn't look to miss a beat.

The first touchdown was one of three Manuel Johnson touchdown catches, this one from five yards away. The Longhorns didn't back down, but didn't get seven. They got three on the ensuing drive.

Every time Texas scored, it seemed Oklahoma would come right back. Or vice versa.

After a eight-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Ryan Broiles, stud wide receiver Jordan Shipley returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score, and it was 14-10 Oklahoma.

“It was a game when every time somebody made a play, the other team would get more excited,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “It was one of the greatest football games I’ve ever seen.”

It was the greatest football game I've ever seen.

But, of course, Oklahoma responded with a Sam Bradford 52-yard strike to Jermaine Gresham for a touchdown. With great perseverance, Colt McCoy and the Horns came back. After a long drive, Cody Johnson capped it off with one of three touchdown runs.

After a rare Bradford pick, McCoy took advantage. He got a 36-yard catch from Quan Cosby and got help on a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.

Hunter Lawrence kicked a 33-yard field goal and it was suddenly just a 21-20 game. Texas had the momentum going into the locker room-and the ball to start the second half.

Alas, Texas couldn't punch it in. Colt McCoy was sacked once by Gerald McCoy and the offense stalled. Oklahoma did punch it in.

Starting in great field position on their own 49 yard line, Sam Bradford got a 30-yard completion to the Texas 45 and later got a 14-yard touchdown reception by Manuel Johnson, his second of the game.

Starting on their own 11 the ensuing drive, McCoy and the Longhorns needed an incredible drive.

And that's what they got.

They drove 89 yards on 12 plays, killing 3:50 off the clock and it was just a one-point game after a Jordan Shipley two-yard touchdown catch, at 28-27. The Oklahoma side of the stadium was biting their nails, as was the Texas side.

It was Shipley's sixth straight game with a touchdown catch. Yes, Shipley also had a 96-yard kick return TD.

The next posession would loom large for both teams. Oklahoma was stalling, but didn't lose the ball. They ended up getting a first down on a penalty, but were facing a fourth and six, when the punter came in. He ran a fake and was inches short!

That changed the game.

Texas came back to notch three points on a field goal, and Texas had a 30-28 lead, their first lead and it came with 2:56 left in the third quarter.

Oklahoma got another touchdown to make it 35-30 and this game was beginning to get ridiculous. It was another 14 yard touchdown catch by Manuel Johnson, Bradford's fifth and final touchdown pass and Johnson's third and final touchdown catch.

Cody Johnson got his second touchdown and it was 36-35. Texas decided to go for two should Oklahoma make a field goal. It was...GOOD! Oklahoma didn't score the next drive, and the game was over. Why? Texas was obviously going to score and then it'd be 45-35 with little time left.

Of course Texas scored, and won 45-35.

Despite a big win, the next four opponents on Texas' schedule are tough: Missouri (5-0),  Oklahoma State (5-0) and Texas Tech (6-0).

For now, it's all good in Texas. The Longhorns of course won, the Texas Tech Red Raiders beat Nebraska, 37-31. Also, they've got the Dallas Cowboys, who are 4-1 and I expect to win the NFC East.

Trying not to mention the Texans.