OU's seniors have bookend beatings of UT in sweep
NORMAN, Okla. -- From beginning to end, Oklahoma's seniors owned their annual grudge match against Texas.
They kick-started the program with a 63-14 rout of the Longhorns in 2000, sending the Sooners rolling to their first national championship since the Switzer era.
Top-ranked Oklahoma looks primed for another title run after setting series records for points and most lopsided victory -- for the second time in four years -- in a 65-13 win over No. 11 Texas on Saturday.
It's the first time OU (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) has won four straight over the Longhorns since 1985-88. Eight Sooners seniors joined only 17 other lettermen in going 4-0 in the Red River rivalry, outscoring Texas 177-54 during that span.
"These guys work so hard. They came here when the program was on a downslope," said junior defensive lineman Dusty Dvoracek. "They were all so young. To make the mark for us, to win the national championship, they've done so much here."
Derrick Strait, a freshman starter on the 2000 title team, took a starring role against Texas (4-2, 1-1) for the fourth consecutive year.
The Austin, Texas, native set up a touchdown with a 30-yard interception return on the game's opening series, had a game-high 11 tackles and recovered two fumbles.
"He's had a great career against everybody," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "Especially us."
On offense, Jason White threw four touchdown passes and Renaldo Works ran for a career-high 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Clayton, a junior who redshirted in 2000, set a school record with 190 yards receiving on nine catches. His 38-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter helped OU score more than 50 points for the fourth straight game, another school record.
In all, the dominating win showed how much Bob Stoops' squad has come since that landmark win in 2000 -- and how farBrown's Longhorns have fallen behind.
"The past four years, it's been the same thing," said Oklahoma offensive tackle JammalBrown, who also redshirted in 2000. "It shows that we're a well-prepared team, a mentally prepared team and a well-conditioned team, and we come to play ball.
"They're a good team, but I guess it's a thing against us that they just really can't come through."
MackBrown placed the blame for the loss on his shoulders -- similar to his apology after the Dallas debacle four years ago -- saying it was his fault the Longhorns gave up 552 yards, committed six turnovers and were called for 11 penalties worth 112 yards.
"Our team can't play as bad as it did today if I've done my job,"Brown said. "I messed it up. I don't know what I did wrong, but I've got to go back and look at it and see why we played so poorly. We can't play that poorly without it being my responsibility."
The only fight Texas showed was in a pregame shoving match at midfield with some of the Sooners. The Longhorns probably would have lost that one, too -- if Stoops hadn't moved in and called off his side.
"I was in the end zone, but I wish I was down there," Dvoracek said. "It looked like fun."
Amid the din of yet another crimson and cream celebration in the Cotton Bowl, Stoops wouldn't bite when asked if the win could propel the Sooners to a national title, just as the victory in 2000 did.
"We spend no time at all thinking about that," Stoops said. "We put all our effort into being prepared the next week to play. We have no control over it."
Maybe not, but Stoops and his seniors have at least proven they have control over Texas.
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