Sooners in control at halftime, 21-7
October, 2, 2010
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
DALLAS -- The score, 21-7 Oklahoma at the half, remains within striking distance for Texas, but that would mean the Longhorns would have to actually gain yards. With its offense stuck in neutral and having managed just 19 points in its last six quarters, Texas is in danger of losing its second consecutive game and first in the Big 12 Conference.
Texas lost two games combined in the last two seasons. Suddenly, they appeared headed out of the Top 25. They entered the Red River Rivalry in the Cotton Bowl at No. 21. Texas has been ranked in the AP poll for a UT-record and NCAA-leading 162 consecutive weeks.
Meanwhile, No. 8 Oklahoma, while looking remarkably impressive at times, racking up 268 yards in the first half, running 30 more plays and dominating time of possession, has not been able to kick the Horns to the curb. That's the good news for Texas, which struck for a 60-yard touchdown run by D.J. Monroe for its lone score, and is one big play away frrom putting the heat back on the Sooners.
OU quarterback Landry Jones has had a nice day with two touchdown passes on 19-of-28 passing for 158 yards and no interceptions. He's had plenty of help on the ground. DeMarco Murray scored on the Sooners' opening 83-yard drive from 18 yards out. He has a team-high 62 rushing yards on 15 carries. Mossis Madu has 34 yards on 10 carries.
Garrett Gilbert, Texas' first-year starter, has connected on 10-of-15 passes, but for just 58 yards. Outside Monroe's big run, the Texas offense has produced a grand total of 105 yards.