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A Red River Rivalry rout

Kenny Stills and Landry Jones celebrate after one of the two touchdowns they hooked up for during Oklahoma’s 55-17 win over Texas.

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Kenny Stills and Landry Jones celebrate after one of the two touchdowns they hooked up for during Oklahoma’s 55-17 win over Texas.

DALLAS — Landry Jones threw three touchdowns and No. 3 Oklahoma scored a school-record three defensive touchdowns in a 55-17 thrashing of No. 11 Texas on Saturday.

It was the Red River Rivalry's most lopsided game since Oklahoma won by a series record 52 in 2003.

"It was an excellent day," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "To … win like that is really pretty special."

The Sooners were No. 1 until two weeks ago, slipping to second after struggling to beat Missouri at home. They fell to No. 3 after routing Ball State. Saturday's performance, however, could earn them more first-place votes.

Oklahoma scored on its first four possessions and led by 24 at halftime and 45 midway through the fourth. The defensive touchdowns came on Demontre Hurst's 55-yard interception return, David King's 19-yard fumble return and Jamell Fleming's 56-yard interception return.

"There is nothing more fun than a defensive touchdown when you're on that side of it," said Stoops, whose team also tied a school record with eight sacks.

Texas' only offensive touchdown — the other was Fozzy Whitaker's 100-yard kickoff return — came with 2:31 left in the game.

The Sooners swarmed running plays and got heavy pressure on passes. Sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash, splitting snaps for the Longhorns, couldn't keep drives going.

How silly did it become? Late in the third, Texas' first and 10 at the Oklahoma 15 turned into fourth and 49 at its 47 thanks, in part, to sacks of 15 and 20 yards.

"You learn so much from a loss like this," Ash said. "You learn what it takes to play at the level Oklahoma plays. It's great to get exposed to that. We're a young team. The great thing is we have so much potential to become a really great team."

Jones completed 31 of 50 passes for 367 yards.

"I was disappointed that we didn't live up to our side of the match," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "This is one of the greatest games in college football. Our players were so excited. A lot of our new coaches were so excited, and we didn't live up to our side of it."

3 Okla. 55

11 Texas 17

A Red River Rivalry rout 10/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2011 8:14pm]
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