If Charlie stacks the box against Oklahoma’s run game, Riley won’t scheme to keep extra blockers in to account for them.
After D’onta Foreman’s 22-yard TD run with 1:45 left, Texas nearly got a huge break when Mayfield fumbled the ball while being sacked on third down with a minute to go. “To me, being physical establishes us as an offense and a defense and the key to winning the game“. Baker Mayfield threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns in 23-for-30 passes.
Texas hit back instantly with Armanti Foreman reducing the deficit to eight points, before Oklahoma leaned on their running game once more.
Q: From the Texas perspective, what are the key factors in Saturday’s game?
Fully healthy after struggling with a muscle strain in Oklahoma’s early-season losses to Houston and Ohio State, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Westbrook toyed with an overmatched Texas secondary, scoring on receptions of 42, 47 and 71 yards while demonstrating exciting agility, acceleration and even strength while doing so. As a whole, they have reeled in just under 70 balls for over 900 yards and have shared six end zone passes.
While Texas quarterback Shane Buechele has played well so far this year, this will be his first time facing the Sooners in the RRR and he has been hampered a bit with an injury that could play a factor with how Texas operates on offense.
Oct 1, 2016; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Jalen McCleskey (1) runs the ball for a touchdown defended by Texas Longhorns cornerback Davante Davis (9) and Texas Longhorns linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) during the first half at Boone Pickens Stadium.
If Westbrook’s first score demonstrated pure speed, his second provided the shake. Before a two-score game in Week 4 game against TCU, Westbrook had just 154 yards and no touchdowns in three games. While the playoff hunt isn’t looking great for either team as they both hold 2-2 records, bragging rights in this game is what’s going to be on the line and that is HUGE. However, the call stood.
Likewise, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is trying to avoid a 2-3 start and a second consecutive loss to Texas that would no doubt rile the Sooners faithful.
Westbrook set a single-game Sooners record with 232 yards receiving on 10 catches, including three TDs longer than 40 yards. It was an act of physical domination. The Sooners’ touchdown gave them a 15-point lead, but Texas answered right back on its next possession.
As happened all too often, the Texas defense couldn’t respond.
Typically, the Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma is one of the Big 12’s marquee games. Samaje Perine blasted it in from two yards out to give Oklahoma a 7-3 lead.
Now that the Sooners can bring a Red River crown back to Norman, Oklahoma, they can turn their attention to stringing together three straight wins when they host the Kansas State Wildcats next Saturday.