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Cotton Bowl Spectacle: Oklahoma vs Texas

Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns smiles as he runs into the endzone for a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners in the second quarter of the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 6, 2018 in Dallas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Oklahoma vs Texas was the matchup everyone was looking forward to, and If you are a Texas Longhorns fan, you should look away. As the Oklahoma Sooners pulled off a remarkable comeback in the Red River Rivalry game by a score of 55-48. It was a thriller of a game to which at one point had the Sooners down by 21. Star quarterback Spencer Rattler was on the bench after a poor performance and Caleb Williams took over. It looked as if this was going to be the Sooners’ first loss of the season after Texas put up 28 points in the first quarter.

Oklahoma would then begin to start chipping at the Longhorns lead with each quarter as the switch of quarterbacks was made at the right time. Oklahoma won the game on a last-second 33-yard touchdown run by Kennedy Brooks. It was a classic Oklahoma vs Texas matchup.

Talking Points

As expected there were going to be a lot of points with the Offenses both providing star talent. Texas’s offense got off to a hot start as the first play of the game was a 75- yard touchdown. Texas’s offense was led by Casey Thompson, Bijan Robinson, and Xavier Willaims who had absolute field days. Xavier Williams also won on top of the Oklahoma defense as he had 9 receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Thompson threw for 388 yards, completing 20 passes out of 34 attempts, and threw for five touchdowns. Meanwhile, Robinson had 20 carries for 137 yards with one touchdown. Although the offense for Texas had a great showing, the defense is something to talk about.

Although, this was a game for Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler to bounce back after a poor last showing. Rattler, it wasn’t meant to be. Oklahoma’s offense provided support for Rattler’s poor performance. Running back Kennedy Brooks ran for 217 yards on 25 carries for two touchdowns. Including the game-winner with one second left on the clock. Rattler threw 8 completions for 111 yards, one rushing touchdown, and threw an interception before being benched for backup Caleb Williams. Willaims threw for 16 completions for 212 yards and two touchdowns both going to wide-receiver Marvin Mims who had five receptions for 136 yards

Spencer Rattler needs a wake-up call for his disappointing performance. For someone to want to be in the NFL and a top draft pick, they need to prove to scouts why they can play in this sport. Although Rattler’s performance was poor and he had to be benched, Williams lifted Sooner fans’ spirit with an excellent showing.

Poor Defensive showing

Shocking from both teams’ defense as they were expected to limit the number of points from each other’s offense. At the start of the second quarter, it looked like Texas’s defense was lockdown. Complacency looked like the issue, which is unacceptable. Texas’s defense had a very poor showing as they allowed 55 Points! Head coach Steve Sarkisian has to look at fixing those issues. Although the offense provided enough support to keep the lead, blowing a 21 point lead is unacceptable. And Sarkisian needs to tell his players that there is no room for complacency.

Not only did the Longhorn’s defense play poorly, but the Sooners defense has to do a better job as well. Although they won the game by a touchdown, there is much-needed work for the Sooners if they want a chance at the College Football Playoffs. Complacency can be an issue among teams heading into games, that is something to look at for coach Lincoln Riley. Even though they got the win, the players can not be cocky about other teams. We have seen over the years teams get beaten because of over-confidence.

What will next week bring? Looking toward next week’s potential matchups, there will be a lot of talking points for both teams as they will look to fix their defensive issues. Whatever happens, it will not be as classic as Oklahoma vs Texas.

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