Texas Football: Leinart says VY is his favorite Red River player ever

Texas football takes on the Oklahoma Sooners in a key Red River game on Oct. 10, but there’s some great players to look back on from these two teams.

On the morning of Oct. 10 at the Cotton Bowl at the Texas State Fairgrounds in Dallas, the Texas football program and Oklahoma Sooners will meet up to see which team can get back on track in the Big 12. Both Texas and Oklahoma are coming off losses from last weekend. In their Big 12 home opener, Texas head coach Tom Herman saw his squad fall short at the hands of stingy head coach Gary Patterson and the TCU Horned Frogs by the heartbreaking final score of 33-31.

In their Big 12 road opener, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley saw his squad fall short to the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames by the final score of 37-30. Yet again, Riley saw his talented redshirt freshman starting quarterback Spencer Rattler toss a pick on the most important drive of the game. Rattler has interceptions in two straight losses for the Sooners on a potential game-winning/game-tying drive in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma comes in with a record of 1-2 (0-2 Big 12), with their other loss this season coming against the Kansas State Wildcats in their conference opener back on Sep. 26. Meanwhile, Texas comes in with a record of 2-1 (1-1 Big 12). Their two wins this season came over the Texas Tech Red Raiders and UTEP Miners.

Ahead of kick off for the annual Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas, the Fox Sports “Big Noon Kickoff” crew dished on a number of topics, including their favorite uniforms in this historic rivalry and their favorite players from each side.

Former USC Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart picked a former Longhorn legend that he faced in that classic 2006 Rose Bowl game as his favorite player in Red River. Leinart went with the legendary Texas quarterback Vince Young as his favorite player in Red River. And then former Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn picked the ex-Oklahoma star running back Adrian Peterson as his favorite in this rivalry.

VY led the Longhorns past the Sooners in just one of his three tries in Red River. But that one win for VY in Red River came during that memorable 2005 season when Texas made it all the way past Leinart and the Trojans in the Rose Bowl/BCS National Championship Game.

Texas is a slight underdog, by about a field goal, ahead of kick off against Oklahoma. And the Sooners own a two-game winning streak in this rivalry, dating back to the 2018 season. Texas owns the all-time edge in this rivalry over Oklahoma, with a record of 62-48-5.