Sooners Maul Longhorns 55-17 In the 2011 Red River Rivalry

The Longhorns and Sooners square off this weekend in Dallas at Fair Park inside the Cotton Bowl. It's the fourth time the two have been unbeaten entering this early October game in 11 years, OU taking the first three in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and Texas returning the favor in 2008.

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Oklahoma Sooners 55, Texas Longhorns 17: Landry Jones Puts The Team On His Back

Its the type of tradition that Oklahoma Sooners' head coach Bob Stoops would love to keep going.

In a game that reminded some fans of the 2000 and 2003 edition of arguably the best rivalry going in college football, the Sooners took the Texas Longhorns behind the woodshed, let the Ruf-Neks send the Sooner Schooner to do a few laps around the Cotton Bowl, then bring the entire team together with the Golden Hat in hand for the team photo.

Oklahoma's resounding 55-17 victory over Texas in the 2011 edition of the Red River Shootout Rivalry was a testament to OU being the more mature and proficient team versus a Longhorn squad that looked more green than burnt orange. They say that attitude reflects leadership, and that leadership came from OU junior signal-caller Landry Jones.

Landry Jones finished up with a terrific stat-line, going 31-50 for 367 yards and three touchdowns as the whispers of Jones being a Heisman candidate can now be screamed and yelled by both pundits and prognosticators alike. Jones is the beneficiary of possibly the best wide receiver duo in America, as Kenny Stills and Ryan Broyles combined for 14 catches, 173 yards, and three touchdowns.

For the Longhorns, five turnovers from the two-headed hydra of quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy, an inconsistent passing game and an inexperienced secondary made for a bad formula for Mack Brown in the Cotton Bowl. For such a young team, the hope has to be that these lumps will provide a character-building experience for the boys in Austin.

Texas will look to rebound with another tough test from the Sooner state as the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys will take the ride down I-35 South to Austin next Saturday. The Sooners will take their talents up to Lawrence to face the Kansas Jayhawks next Saturday night.

For more insights and commentary on the Longhorns and Sooners, checkout SB Nation Longhorns blog Burnt Orange Nation and SB Nation Sooners blog Crimson and Cream Machine.

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Red River Rivalry 2011 Score: Oklahoma Sooners 34, Texas Longhorns 10

The 2011 Red River Shootout Rivalry has been all crimson thus far.

The Oklahoma Sooners have surged out to a 34-10 lead over the Texas Longhorns in the annual battle in the Cotton Bowl at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The Sooners have jumped out in front with Landry Jones tossing the pigskin up and down the field on a young and inexperienced Longhorns seconday. Touchdown catches by Kenny Stills for 19 and 14 yards and Ryan Broyles for 5 yards have kept the Longhorns’ defense on their heels all half. 

Three turnovers also haven’t helped the Longhorns cause either. Case McCoy fumbled early in the first quarter, and  David Ash has thrown two interceptions, the second being intercepted by Demontre Hurst for 55-yard return giving the Sooners a 24-point lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half.

Texas got their first touchdown of the day immediately following the pick six, as Foswhitt Whittaker took Patrick O’Hara’s kickoff for 100 yards.

Texas will receive the ball in the second half and will try to figure out a way to move the ball against this stout Oklahoma defense.

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