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Longhorns frustrate Sooners

Colt McCoy has a big second half, and a fumble involving Oklahoma's star player seals Texas' 28-10 win.

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 8, 2006


DALLAS - Colt McCoy probably doesn't realize how quickly things have changed in the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry.

Not long ago, the No. 7 Longhorns were the ones getting outhustled, outcoached and flat-out beat.

Now, it's the No. 14 Sooners who are finding ways to lose - like having their best player give up on a loose ball near his end zone.

Adrian Peterson thought the ball bouncing off his hands meant an incomplete pass, not a fumbled lateral. Aaron Ross wasn't sure. So he scooped it up, ran into the end zone just in case and wound up with the touchdown that sealed a 28-10 victory Saturday in the 101st edition of the Red River rivalry.

"I'm just sitting there like, 'What the, you know, is going on?' " Peterson said.

A redshirt freshman who watched Vince Young lead Texas to a national title from the sideline last year, McCoy overcame a slow start by throwing two perfect touchdown passes in the third to turn a 10-7 halftime deficit into a 21-10 lead. Ross did the rest, following his touchdown with interceptions that ended the Sooners' final two drives.

Texas let an early 7-0 lead slip away by giving up a touchdown and a field goal on Oklahoma's final two drives of the first half.

The worst part was Texas' offense gained only 1 yard the entire second quarter.

Coach Mack Brown believed coordinator Greg Davis was being too conservative with McCoy, so he told him at halftime to let the kid loose.

McCoy responded with a blitz-beating 33-yard touchdown to Limas Sweed that put Texas ahead.

He took the Longhorns 79 yards on the next series, running three times for 23 yards and capping it with a 7-yard pass to Jordan Shipley near the back of the end zone.

"He managed the game for them in a really good way," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said.

The Sooners hurt themselves early: an unnecessary roughness penalty that took 15 yards off what would've been a 73-yard kickoff return by Peterson, Peterson's fumble on the final play of the first quarter and an offensive pass interference penalty that wiped out a 29-yard gain.

Still within reach at 21-10, Oklahoma reached the Texas 15 on a pass to Juaquin Iglesias, but he fumbled.

Then came the lateral to Peterson, who ran 25 times for 109 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown.

That left Stoops as angry as he had been since the referee problems at Oregon three weeks earlier, when a series of close calls led to a 34-33 loss.

He remained angry even after getting the ruling: The ball was "thrown at the 12 and landed at the 12. By rule, that's a backwards pass."

"They didn't say anything about where it hit his hands," Stoops said. "That's the part I don't understand."

Ross' first interception with more than seven minutes began an exodus of Oklahoma fans. The rest began heading out when Paul Thompson - who was 15-of-27 for 209 yards - was picked off by Ross again, drawing chants of "Poor Sooners" from the Longhorns fans.

At the final gun, McCoy and his teammates sang The Eyes of Texas in the end zone.

"It's great for our fans, it's great for this team, but it's not me," he said.

"I didn't come out here and win this game. This is because of my teammates."