Oklahoma vs Texas score, takeaway: ‘Horns ruled out Sooners for worst OU loss in Red River Showdown history

Texas handed Oklahoma their worst loss in Red River Showdown history with a decisive 49-0 shutout against the 14-time Big 12 champions. Not only was it the Longhorns’ biggest win in the series, but it was the first two-way shutout since 2006 and the most dominant win for either side since 2003.

Texas’ win marked a game-changing moment for quarterback Quinn Ewers, who completed 21 of 31 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns in an all-out gutting of Oklahoma’s secondary. Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson added 130 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

The Sooners started QB Davis Beville for the injured Dillon Gabriel, but things fell apart quickly. Beville completed just 6 of 12 passes for 38 yards and an interception in a miserable effort. OU found some success using the Wildcat to generate offensive yardage with tight end Brayden Willis under center; however, it was never enough to break into the end zone.

Defensively, Texas pressed steadily and were credited with 10 tackles for loss and three sacks. Two of the TFLs came from senior defensive tackle Keondre Coburn. Conversely, Oklahoma failed to pressure Ewers with just two credited QB pressures.

Texas had lost six of the previous seven games to Oklahoma, including five at the Red River Showdown. That Texas victory over Oklahoma marked its biggest victory in the history of the rivalry, surpassing a 45-12 victory in 2005. The difference? The Longhorns finished undefeated that season and won the national championship. This year, the ‘Horns have already suffered two losses, including one against Texas Tech just two games ago. As such, the 2022 Red River Showdown will live in infamy.

Ewers is legit

The Texas star caller played well in his first quarter against No. 1 Alabama before getting injured, but the talent showed through on full display against Oklahoma. Ewers was without limits on Saturday, throwing passes in all corners of the field and avoiding rushers with ease. Wide receiver Xavier Worthy was a big part of the win, but Ewers used all of his weapons much more effectively than backup Hudson Card. Seven receivers caught at least two passes with tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders and WR Jordan Whittington each catching five balls. Playing Ewers allows Texas to open their full playbook.

Down for Venables

The Sooners entered the Red River Showdown with two losses and were shut out for the first time since 1998 (Texas A&M). If that 1998 season keeps popping up as this year goes on, there’s a reason. Since Bob Stoops took over the program in 1999, Oklahoma has been a model of consistency. When Lincoln Riley was promoted from within in 2017, not much changed.

However, Venables is Oklahoma’s first outside hire since 1998, and the team’s performance looks like it. The Sooners are 0-3 in conference under a new coach for the first time in program history. As another means of comparison, OU had not lost more than two games in any season since 2014. Venables has his work cut out to redefine Oklahoma’s program.

New competitor of the Big 12

With the win, Texas goes 4-2 with a 2-1 record in Big 12 play. The losses came by four combined runs. Steve Sarkisian sold a reset when he raided the transfer market and brought Ewers to the 40 Acres. For the first time under Sark, the Longhorns have a true signature win to market to fans and rookies alike.

Oklahoma State No. 7 remains undefeated. The No. 17 TCU is also good after edging out No. 19 Kansas in a competitive game. However, Texas is in a great position to fight back in the Big 12 title conversation. There are four ranked games left — not even counting Baylor or Iowa State — but the ‘Horns are a different animal with Ewers in the roster.

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