The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Sports

October 13, 2012

Stakes remain high for OU-Texas

(Continued)

DALLAS — —

For participants, the experience starts with a bus ride to the stadium, inside the State Fair of Texas. Fans from both teams will surround the buses, hardly holding back their opinions.

“You get so many middle fingers it’s ridiculous,” King said.

The atmosphere inside the Cotton Bowl is as colorful as outside of it, with the fair’s traditional corny dogs and funnel cakes. The stands are split along the 50-yard line with all of Texas’ burnt orange on one side and Oklahoma’s crimson on the other.

Just walking down the tunnel to the field is a lifelong memory for most who play. It’s a chance to stare down your bitter rival while the most boisterous of fans rain down a mixture of insults and praise.

“You come out, you’re on the OU side and you run down the field and you go take your knee, say your prayer and you’re right in a sea of orange,” King said. “You know they’re just saying some of the most inappropriate things. But I’m sure our fans are saying inappropriate things to the Texas players when they’re walking out.”

And that’s all before the game even gets started.

The Sooners have won the last two meetings. The Longhorns had claimed four of the previous five showdowns.

Brown’s Longhorns were also off to a promising start a year ago when Oklahoma delivered a reality check by scoring three defensive touchdowns in a 55-17 blowout. Texas scuffled to another mediocre season, by its standards, but emerged from the Holiday Bowl with David Ash appearing as though he has finally stabilized the quarterback position. So far this season, he’s been far from the biggest problem for the Longhorns. He’s third in the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown for 11 touchdowns with only one interception. It’s been a talented defense that hasn’t lived up to expectations, and the placekicking has been a question mark, too.

“It should be a great matchup, where last year we laid an egg in the OU game because they played much better than we did,” Brown said. “There were a lot of turnovers, and we were out of the game before we even got in it.”

For Oklahoma, quarterback Landry Jones is on the brink of setting the school record for wins. He’s 32-8 in his career and his next victory will push him past Steve Davis, who went 32-1-1 and won two national championship in the 1970s. Jones can also become the fourth Sooners QB to go 3-0 as a starter against Texas. He also relieved an injured Sam Bradford in the 2009 loss.

Whether Jones performs like the school’s winningest quarterback or is turnover-prone, as he was in the loss to Kansas State, could go a long way toward determining the outcome.

“They’re going to get their shots, we’re going to take our hits and it’s just going to be who keeps swinging is going to win this game,” Sooners defensive end R.J. Washington said. “Who wants to fight more than anyone else?”

Text Only
Sports
  • David Clyde Ex-MLBer goes from pitching phenom to Connie Mack coach

    David Clyde was a picture of contentment after his Houston Miracles shut out the Texas Stix Black of the Dallas area 4-0 in the first round of the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Majors fall Majors stumble late, fall to regional losers' bracket

    Cherry Creek, Colo., broke out for six runs in the top of the seventh for a 7-3 come-from-behind victory over the Enid Majors in the first round of the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bob Stoops Sooners, as usual, managing expectations

    High hopes are always attached to Oklahoma and this year is no different with the Sooners entering the 2014 season as a consensus pick to reach the first College Football Playoff.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mike Gundy Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it – former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Charlie Strong Texas’ Strong prefers not talking national title

    Charlie Strong riled up plenty of Texas fans during a statewide spring tour by saying the Longhorns wouldn’t be in the national championship game.
    The new coach toned down his honest assessment in future stops, then said Tuesday in his first appearance at Big 12 media days that he prefers not even talking about championships.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • A new ACC? New ACC settles into era of stability

    Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference.
    It’s where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too — sort of — and nobody else is leaving.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Devonte Fields TCU’s Fields investigated for alleged assault

    TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, “I should blast you!”

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Minors lose in first round

    Wren Perry and Garrett Scudder combined for a two-hitter as the D-Bats Gallegos of Dallas run-ruled the Enid Minors 8-0 in six innings in the first round of the South Plains Regional Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

    July 22, 2014

  • Radio-TV for 7-23-14

    July 22, 2014

  • Baseballpicture.jpg Majors open regional with Cherry Creek

    The Enid Majors (36-12) enter the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Tournament today at David Allen Memorial Ballpark coming off one of their best seasons in the past few years. Now, the pressure is on as they face Cherry Creek, Colo.,at 8:15 tonight.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Click here for NASCAR headlines
Sports Photos


Enid News & Eagle sports photos from the month of February 2014. Enjoy all the ENE photos with full access at http://enidnews.smugmug.com.