Red River Rivalry: Top 10 Moments of the Mack Brown vs. Bob Stoops Era

Taylor GasparFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2013

Red River Rivalry: Top 10 Moments of the Mack Brown vs. Bob Stoops Era

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    Mack Brown and Bob Stoops will meet for the 15th time Saturday in the 108th Red River Rivalry.
    Mack Brown and Bob Stoops will meet for the 15th time Saturday in the 108th Red River Rivalry.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    One of the greatest game-day atmospheres in all of sports kicks off in Dallas on Saturday when the Texas Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners. The Red River Rivalry is in part defined by the 50-yard line division of the Cotton Bowl. Half of the crowd is in burnt orange, half is in crimson and both are always filled with roaring hatred in the middle of the State Fair of Texas.

    Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops leads the series 9-5 against Mack Brown's Longhorns, with one-third of his wins occurring over the last three years. These October clashes between Brown and Stoops have historically evolved into conference titles and national championship runs. 

    But since 2010, the Sooners have owned the Longhorns, averaging 40-point victories over Texas the last two years. The chance of the 108th Red River Rivalry mimicking the edge-of-your-seat games college football witnessed in the first decade of the 2000s is slim to none.

    Rather than exploring the possibility of Texas making Saturday's game worth watching, let's take a look at the top 10 moments—in no particular order—of Mack Brown's Longhorns and Bob Stoops' Sooners in the historic Red River Rivalry.

     

2000: Quentin Griffin's 6 Touchdowns in the Sooners' Rout of the Longhorns

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    Oklahoma stomped Texas 63-14, which was the largest win margin in the history of the Red River Rivalry. Freshman running back Quentin Griffin scored six touchdowns and tied the all-time NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns in a game. The Sooners finished the 2000 season undefeated with a national championship win over Florida State.

     

     Team records:

     Record/Rank Before GameGame OutcomeSeason RecordBowl Game
    Oklahoma4-0; No. 106314-0 BCS National Championship: Won
    Texas3-1; No. 11149-3Holiday Bowl: Loss

2001: Roy Williams Tips Chris Simms' Pass into Teddy Lehman's Hands for a TD

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    In a play that still haunts Texas fans today, Oklahoma safety Roy Williams tipped Chris Simms' pass with 2:06 left in the game. The ball perfectly landed into linebacker Teddy Lehman's hands, and he returned it two yards for a touchdown to seal the deal over the Longhorns.

    Williams said after the game, via Texassports.com: "Coach (Mike) Stoops told me not to jump. I did that earlier in the year and it opened up a hole. I did it anyway. I didn't listen, and it fell right into Teddy's hands." 

     

    Team records:

     Record/Rank Before GameGame OutcomeSeason RecordBowl Game
    Oklahoma4-0; No. 31411-2Cotton Bowl: Won
    Texas4-0; No. 5311-2Holiday Bowl: Won

2002: Oklahoma's Come-from-Behind Win over Texas

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    The Texas Longhorns looked like they would end a two-game losing streak to Oklahoma, but Bob Stoops' Sooners would crush those hopes. The Longhorns' 17-11 lead with 10 minutes left in the third quarter was followed by 24 unanswered Oklahoma points. The Sooners held Texas to a mere 0-for-7 in third-down conversions in the second half to give the Sooners a 35-24 win over the Longhorns.

    Key performer: Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin rushed for 248 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns.

     

    Team records:

     Record/Rank Before GameGame OutcomeSeason RecordBowl Game
    Oklahoma5-0; No. 2/33512-2Rose Bowl: Won
    Texas5-0; No. 3/22411-2Cotton Bowl: Won

2004: Oklahoma Shutout

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    The 2004 Texas-OU game was one of little offense. Oklahoma was the first to strike, kicking a 22-yard field goal with just nine seconds left in the first half. The Sooners were the only team to make it to the end zone, shutting out the Texas Longhorns 12-0. The shutout was the Longhorns' first in 282 games, ending the longest streak in the country.

    Key performer: Running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 225 yards.

     

    Team records:

     Record/Rank Before GameGame OutcomeSeason RecordBowl Game
    Oklahoma4-0; No. 31212-1Rose Bowl: Won
    Texas4-0; No. 5011-1Cotton Bowl: Won

2005: Jamaal Charles Helps Texas End 5-Game Losing Streak

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    The Texas Longhorns ended their five-game losing streak to Oklahoma with the help of freshman running back Jamaal Charles' 80-yard touchdown. Texas' 45-12 rout of Oklahoma helped the Longhorns finish the season undefeated with a BCS National Championship win over USC.

    "We've had a tough series. I'm not proud of that and I feel responsible for that," Brown said to the Associated Press following the game. "To see the kids out on the field with the fans, the interaction after the game, is something you really feel good about."

     

    Team records:

     Record/Rank Before GameGame OutcomeSeason RecordBowl Game
    Texas4-0; No. 24513-0 BCS National Championship: Won
    Oklahoma2-2; NR128-5Holiday Bowl: Won

2008: No. 5 Texas Stuns No. 1 Oklahoma

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    The 2008 Red River Rivalry was one of the greatest come-from-behind wins in the history of the series.

    Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford had an outstanding game, completing 28 of 39 passes for 387 yards and five touchdowns, but it was not enough to hold off Colt McCoy and the Texas offense. The Sooners had the lead for the first half, but McCoy completed 14 of 17 passes in the second half and led the Longhorns to a 45-35 comeback win over then-No. 1 Oklahoma.

    "It was a game when every time somebody made a play, the other team would get more excited," Texas coach Mack Brown said following the win, according to the Associated Press (via Texassports.com). "It was one of the greatest football games I've ever seen."

    Key performers: Quarterback Colt McCoy, 28-of-35 passing for 277 yards and one touchdown; Running back Chris Ogbonnaya, 15 carries for 127 yards; Wide receiver Jordan Shipley, 13 touches for 225 all-purpose offensive yards and two touchdowns. 

     

    Team records:

     Record/Rank Before GameGame OutcomeSeason RecordBowl Game
    Texas5-0; No. 5/54512-1Fiesta Bowl: Won
    Oklahoma5-0; No. 1/13512-2 BCS National Championship: Loss

2008: Jordan Shipley's Career-Best Performance

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    The Longhorns' 45-35 win over the Sooners would not have been possible without junior wide receiver Jordan Shipley. Shipley finished the game with 13 touches for 225 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The standout moment of the game was Shipley's 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter to cut the Sooners' lead to four points.

    "You've got to enjoy it," Shipley said following the Longhorns' 45-35 win over Oklahoma. "This kind of thing doesn't happen every day."

2011: Fozzy Whittaker's 100-Yard Kickoff Return

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    There were not many bright spots for Texas in the 2011 Red River Rivalry, but one of the few came from senior running back Fozzy Whittaker. The Sooners were not expecting the play that happened after Demontre Hurst's interception for a 55-yard touchdown. Whittaker returned the Sooners' kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown.

    "Fozzy had by far his best game at Texas," head coach Mack Brown said to the Daily Texan. "I thought he played like the way we need the rest of the team to play."

    Whittaker finished the game with 158 all-purpose yards in Texas' 55-17 loss to Oklahoma.

     

     Record/Rank Before GameGame OutcomeSeason RecordBowl Game
    Oklahoma4-0; No. 35510-3Insight Bowl: Won
    Texas4-0; No. 11178-5Holiday Bowl: Win

2012: Oklahoma Stomps Texas

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    For the first time since 1999, both Texas and Oklahoma entered the Cotton Bowl with a loss. But the Sooners maintained their one loss after crushing Texas 63-21. Oklahoma shut out Texas' offense for more than 55 minutes. The Longhorns had only two offensive touchdowns, which came in garbage time against the Sooners' second-string defense.

    After the game, Stoops said, "I think if we left our one defense out there, I don't think the end would have been like it was."

    Key performers: Quarterback Blake Bell, four touchdowns; Running back Damien Williams, 22 carries for 167 yards; Fullback Trey Millard, five receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown.

     

    Team records:

     Record/Rank Before GameGame OutcomeSeason RecordBowl Game
    Oklahoma3-1; No. 136310-3Cotton Bowl: Loss
    Texas4-1; No. 15219-4Alamo Bowl: Won

2012: Oklahoma Fullback Trey Millard Hurdles the Texas Defense

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    Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard hurdling over Texas' secondary is the perfect example of how terrible the 2012 Red River Rivalry was for the Longhorns. There really is not much one could say about the play. The video tells the story.

     

    Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first hand.

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