Oklahoma prevails in wild 4-OT affair vs. No. 22 Texas
Tre Brown intercepted Sam Ehlinger’s pass in the end zone in the fourth overtime to lift Oklahoma to a wild 53-45 quadruple-overtime win over No. 22 Texas on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Ehlinger had lifted the Longhorns late, leading two touchdown drives in the final five minutes of regulation, and was mostly excellent in overtime until the Sooners’ dormant defense finally came up with big stops in the third and fourth overtimes.
After neither team scored in the third overtime, Drake Stoops caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and Spencer Rattler found Theo Wease for the two-point conversion to put the Longhorns’ backs against the wall.
Texas had second-and-goal from the 19-yard line after a holding penalty when Brown picked off Ehlinger’s pass to send the Sooners on the field in celebration.
Rattler, who was benched in the first half, finished 23 of 35 for 209 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
T.J. Pledger finished with 22 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns, but was mostly absent in the overtime periods.
Ehlinger was 30 of 53 for 287 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, and rushed for 112 yards and four scores.
The Sooners’ defense, which had struggled since late in the fourth quarter, came up big in the third overtime, sacking Ehlinger on third down to force a 33-yard field-goal attempt.
Perrion Winfrey then broke through to block Cameron Dicker’s kick and send Oklahoma to the precipice of a win once again.
Lincoln Riley elected to work to set up a game-winning field goal but the usually reliable Gabe Brkic pushed the 31-yard kick wide and the game continued.
Texas was down by two touchdowns with less than five minutes remaining before the tide turned.
The Longhorns held the Sooners to a three-and-out to get the ball back with 4:38 left and needed just four plays to pull within a touchdown on Ehlinger’s 9-yard pass to Joshua Moore.
After a failed onside kick, Oklahoma’s offense was once again ineffective and the Longhorns got the ball back with 1:52 remaining, needing 84 yards to tie the game.
Texas did just that, aided by a pair of Sooners penalties.
The second penalty set up Ehlinger’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Keontay Ingram to tie the game with 14 seconds remaining.
It was the Longhorns second comeback from a late two-touchdown deficit this season.
–Field Level Media