Sooners blasting the Longhorns in Red River Shootout

Texas held its own early in the Red River Shootout with Oklahoma, holding the Sooners to a pair of field goals on OU's first two possessions and being more physical in the running game, led by veteran rusher Fozzy Whittaker.

But OU has Landry Jones at quarterback, and Texas' youth at the position with David Ash and Case McCoy has been exposed badly in this year's version of the annual rivalry.

Behind the arm of the veteran Jones and one of the most talented and deep receiving corps in the country, the Sooners have compiled 305 yards and three touchdowns through the air on 23 of 35 passing for Jones to take a commanding 34-10 halftime lead in Dallas.

Texas, meanwhile, has 98 yards of total offense while losing the turnover battle in the first half 3-0. The Sooners converted those turnovers into 17 points.

The most deflating moment of the game thus far for the Longhorns came when OU made it 27-3 late in the first half. Fozzy Whittaker returned a kick 100 yards for a score to cut the Longhorns' deficit to 27-10 and give Mack Brown's squad some new life, but the Sooners marched right down the field and scored again to re-take a 24-point lead.

The 34 points are the third-most in the first half for OU against Texas in this storied rivalry. The Sooners had 42 at halftime in 2000 and 37 in 2003.

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