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Quick Take: The Sooners Are Leaving Dallas With The Golden Hat

The Sooners got the win in the Red River Showdown, and look every bit of a National Title contender.

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Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners wears the Golden Hat trophy
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Coming into the game, Tom Herman said the Texas offensive line was one of the team’s strong suits. And over the first five weeks of the season it looked like it was. However, the horns just couldn’t handle Oklahoma’s dominating Speed D defense. The Longhorns were sacked 9 times on the day as the as defensive line struggled to read Alex Grinch’s disguised blitz scheme. 

While the Sooner defense won the day, both defenses were playing excellent football. There was just one touchdown given up in the first half coming on Oklahoma’s first drive. The Longhorn’s defense continued to show they’re take-a-way ability by forcing two first half turnovers. Both turnovers were crucial in keeping Texas in the game early as they were in the red zone.

While the Texas defense did it’s part, Sam Ehlinger and company couldn’t capitalize. They had to punt on their first five possessions. 

Oklahoma’s offensive line did their part too. Jalen hurts lead the Sooners rushing attack again with 131 yards on the ground. The Band-Aid’d together Texas defense did not have an answer for the run. They allowed 286 yards rushing. That’s probably because of the lack of depth in the secondary and being forced to play the Sooner’s safe.

Hurts also had a pretty good day passing by completing 16 of his 28 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. All three of those touchdown passes went to CeeDee Lamb, the first 3-score performance of his career.

Give Texas credit though. This game could of gotten out of hand early. Texas hung on in the first half, and to start the second half it was much of the same.

The offenses did start to pick it up in the second half, though. Freshman quarterback-turned running back Roschon Johnson had another outstanding game with 95 yards and a touchdown. He also showed his big play ability with a 57-yard run to help the Longhorns start to gain momentum.

As we mentioned though, Sam Ehlinger just could not gain any rhythm. Ehlinger completed 26 of his 38 passes for 210 yards and no touchdowns. Although his sub-par performance could have something to do with him constantly having to pick himself up off the grass.

The offensive line has a lot to clean up after this one. Nine sacks is just unacceptable. They took advantage of Zach Shackelford, much like LSU did in week two. Oklahoma star linebacker Kenneth Murphy had two tackles for loss and a sack, and was all over the field. Herb Hand Texas’s offensive line coach is going to have to figure out how to stop stunt blitzes, because right now it is a major weakness in the offensive line, and The Sooners were taking major advantage of it.

The Horns do have a ton of injuries in the secondary, and their play continues to struggle. They allowed CeeDee Lamb to go off for 171 yards and the three touchdowns mentioned a minute ago. The amount of missed tackles throughout the game was absurd. That is definitely an issue Tom Herman is going to have to clean up. 

The big question coming out of this, was could the defenses step up, and the Sooners stepped up when it mattered. Texas will need to get back to its roots and look ahead to next week. By the looks of both these teams, a Big 12 Championship rematch is inevitable. For now though, Oklahoma has shown themselves to be a big part of the College Football Playoff conversation and a favorite to get in.

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