5. The first half went a lot like it did last time
For much of the first half for Texas football, the Oklahoma offense had some trouble getting in rhythm. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando came out with a fantastic gameplan to slow down the Oklahoma offense at the outset. That was similar to what the Horns were able to do in the first meeting against the Sooners this year.
This point comes with an asterisk since most of the first half went in the Horns favor, but not all of it. Oklahoma went on a run at the end of the first half that allowed them to take the lead into halftime. If not for a poor run to end the first half for Texas, it would’ve taken the lead into the locker room.
Oklahoma led a scoring drive at the end of the second quarter that resulted in a touchdown in the final minute. The Sooners wound up winning the second quarter by a score of 17-7. The Texas offense stalled out a lot in the second quarter, and lost any momentum it had from a strong showing out of the gates.
What the Texas offense did in the first edition of the Red River Showdown this year that it couldn’t do in the Big 12 Championship Game was go on a big offensive run in the second and third quarters. This Oklahoma defense had some horrible performances since Oct. 6, and the Horns couldn’t take advantage of a weak point of its opponent.