You can measure Texas coach Mack Brown's Hall of Fame credentials with any number of yardsticks: 233 victories, 153 of them in burnt orange; two BCS Championship Game appearances; one crystal football, that magical victory at the Rose Bowl that not only won the 2005 national championship but, as it turned out, ended USC's stay atop the sport.
Any one of them would all but guarantee Brown's status among the top coaches of this generation. But there is one other achievement that makes Brown a singular coach, an accomplishment that attests to how much he has done as the Longhorns' coach for 16 seasons. Brown has lost to archrival Oklahoma four times by at least 30 points, including the past two seasons.
That's an accomplishment? Look at it this way -- Brown has been so good at Texas that he got the chance to lose to Oklahoma four times by at least 30 points. That's not how college football works. In 2008, Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville carried a six-year winning streak and a 7-2 record against Alabama into the Iron Bowl and lost 36-0. He never coached the Tigers again.
In a sport fueled by passion, the Red River Rivalry is among the most heated. In 107 meetings between the Longhorns and the Sooners, no coach on either side has lost more than one game by that amount -- except for Brown, who is 6-9 overall against Oklahoma. Sooners coach Bob Stoops has lost to Brown once by at least 30, 45-12 in 2005.
Remember, that's the season that the Longhorns won the BCS title. And the first two times that Brown lost this rivalry by 30-plus points, the Sooners won the BCS title (2000) and played for it (2003). If you get overrun, it softens the blow to know that the team that overran you is one of the last two teams playing.
Those days are gone. In the past two seasons, Oklahoma has not played for the crystal football, much less won it. The Sooners have not played in a BCS bowl, much less won one. And yet they beat the Longhorns by 38 and 42 points, respectively.
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