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Oklahoma Wins the Red River Showdown

Red River Showdown
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Texas vs Oklahoma is one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football. The Red River separates two of the powerhouses of the Big XII. Every year their matchup has major implications on college football and the Big XII. After Oklahoma’s ugly start, this game provided Texas their best chance in years to take back over the Big XII and make a push for the college football playoffs. However, neither of those things will likely happen after Oklahoma pulled off the comeback. 

Oklahoma won the game by having an equilibrium on offense. They had 469 offensive yards, 261 passing to 208 rushing yards. Spencer Rattler played a mediocre game at the signal-caller position. He threw a pick, and fumbled the ball and was benched for Tanner Moredicai, who finished the 1st half. Rattler would return to help the Sooners win in overtime.

TJ Pledger
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The star of the Sooners offense was running back T.J. Pledger. Pledger rushed for 131 yards and a pair of scores. Pledger averaged a solid 6.0 yards per carry, and he caught two passes for 24 yards. Oklahoma killed it in time of possession with a 12:08 minute advantage. The run game was very effective, and the Sooners used Pledger and Rattler’s play to dictate the pace of the game.

There are not many bright spots on this Texas Longhorns offense, but Sam Ehlinger’s fight is a massive one. Ehlinger willed this team to overtime through the air and on the ground. Ehlinger threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns. However, Sam did give the ball away twice. He rushed for 112 yards, a distinctive mark for a quarterback.

Sam Ehlinger

Ehlinger led the Longhorns in rushing. The next highest rusher had 17 yards. Joshua Moore, Tarik Black, and Jordan Whittington played well but did nothing to make his life easier on Saturday. This offense was balanced but in the end.

This game was a shoot-out and a Red River classic. I should talk about defense minimally, but I remembered I am writing about the Big XII. This game combined for just under 900 yards of offense. The Rattler-Ehlinger saga will most likely only include this one game, but it was one for history.