Oct 1, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Hudson Card (1) directs the Longhorns offense during a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Royal Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman via USA TODAY NETWORK

Reports: Texas QB Hudson Card to enter transfer portal

Texas quarterback Hudson Card, once the starter for the Longhorns, is entering the transfer portal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

A top recruit in the 2020 class, Card has three years of eligibility left.

Card was the starting quarterback at Texas at the beginning of the 2021 season before relinquishing the job to Casey Thompson, who transferred to Nebraska following the season. In summer camp before the 2022 campaign, he lost the contest for starting QB to Quinn Ewers.

Card, a redshirt sophomore, threw for 590 yards and five touchdowns in seven games in 2021. He played in all 12 games in 2022, completing 69.4 percent of his passes for 928 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.

The 247Sports composite ranked Card as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2020. He played his high school football in Lake Travis, Texas.

Card likely will be a top quarterback in the transfer portal, but in 2023, he probably would have found himself odd-man out at Texas. Ewers has one more season before he is eligible for the NFL draft, and coach Steve Sarkisian has a commitment form Arch Manning, the No. 1 player in the 247Sports composite 2023 class rankings.

Arch is the nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning.

Texas finished the regular season at 8-4 (6-3 Big 12) and is waiting to learn its bowl destination.

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Nov 19, 2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs for a touchdown during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

No. 23 Texas eyes Big 12 title game, first must overcome Baylor

No. 23 Texas will look to keep its chances of playing for the Big 12 Conference championship alive when it hosts Baylor on Friday in Austin in the teams’ final-regular season game.

The Longhorns (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) must beat Baylor and have Kansas beat No. 12 Kansas State on Saturday night to earn a berth opposite undefeated TCU in the league championship game. The Bears (6-5, 4-4) already are bowl-eligible and will aim to derail their longtime rival’s title hopes.

“We all understand the ramifications of where it’s at in the Big 12,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday. “We don’t shy away from those things. We’ve got to do our part and see what happens after that.”

The Longhorns re-entered the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday after a dominating 55-14 road victory over Kansas on Saturday, their second win in their past three games.

Bijan Robinson rushed for a career-high 243 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters as the Longhorns finished with 539 total yards — 427 on the ground. Texas also got 108 yards on 11 carries from Jonathon Brooks in an effort that included two TDs in the fourth quarter, one of which covered 70 yards.

The victory over Kansas ensured that Texas will have a winning season, and at No. 24, the Longhorns also moved back into the AP Top 25 as the only four-loss team that’s ranked. Texas’ four losses are by a combined 18 points.

“You can always look back and play the ‘what-if’ game,” Sarkisian said. “‘What if’ this play and ‘what if’ that play in a couple of other ballgames, but in the end, the resiliency our guys have shown, I’m very proud of that.”

Baylor came within a hold-your-breath, last-play field goal of ruining TCU’s undefeated season in a 29-28 loss in Waco on Saturday. The Bears will head into the regular-season finale looking to secure their 11th seven-win season in the past 13 years.

The Bears churned out 501 yards of total offense — their fourth game of the season with 500-plus yards — kept the ball for nearly 34 minutes and effectively shut down explosive TCU until the last seven minutes. Baylor’s Blake Shapen passed for 269 yards and a touchdown while Monaray Baldwin made six catches for 123 yards.

“I think always the emphasis is where I’m at right now, this is who I could become,” Baylor coach Dave Aranda said. “And then further, just collectively, this is where we’re at right now, this is what we could become. You look at that game this past Saturday, and the effort, the speed and just all of it, that’s us right there. We just have to be able to execute better.”

The Longhorns lead the overall series 79-28-4, including a 48-10-2 all-time mark in games played in Austin. Baylor captured last year’s contest in Waco 31-24 but has not won in Austin since 2014, a three-game losing streak.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian before the game against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Texas faces Kansas in key Big 12 battle

Texas brings faint Big 12 Conference title hopes when it travels to Kansas on Saturday for a key, late-season game in Lawrence.

Both teams head into the penultimate game of the regular season after losses on Nov. 12, with the then-No. 18 Longhorns losing at home to No. 4 TCU 17-10 and the Jayhawks falling 43-28 at Texas Tech.

Texas (6-4, 4-3) dropped out of the CFP rankings but remains mathematically alive for a slot opposite TCU in the Big 12 Championship game. The Longhorns will need to win their final two games and have losses from Oklahoma State and Kansas State, two of the three teams above Texas in the conference standings.

The Longhorns controlled their destiny until their loss to TCU. Texas did not score an offensive touchdown in the game and gained just 199 total yards.

The Longhorns’ four defeats this season have been by a combined 18 points.

“I think it’s encouraging to the idea that we’re playing hard,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We’re playing tough. We’re giving ourselves a chance. It’s also to some degree frustrating because we want to win those games.”

The Jayhawks (6-4, 3-4) have dropped four of their past five games. Kansas trailed 36-28 in the fourth quarter before Texas Tech expanded its margin with a touchdown three plays after a strip sack. The Jayhawks got 190 yards rushing from Devin Neal and three scoring passes from Jason Bean in the setback while amassing 525 yards of total offense.

Kansas, which is bowl eligible for the first time since 2008, beat Texas 57-56 in overtime last season in Austin. Jayhawks coach Lance Leipold said Monday that the win helped build momentum that has pushed his team this year.

“Maybe it wasn’t that big of an upset, but it was a sign of some things to come,” Leipold said. “I’m sure Texas is going to answer enough questions in its press conferences this week about it too, and they’re going to be ready to come here and play and play extremely well.”

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Nov 12, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey (2) tackles Texas Christian Horned Frogs kick returner Derius Davis (11) during the opening kickoff at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Defense leads No. 4 TCU to gritty win over No. 18 Texas

Kendre Miller rushed for 138 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run, and the defense did the rest as visiting No. 4 TCU upset No. 18 Texas 17-10 on Saturday in a key Big 12 game in Austin, Texas.

TCU was a touchdown underdog.

The Horned Frogs did just enough in a game that was ruled by the defenses for the first three quarters. Miller’s long touchdown run deep into the third quarter and a 31-yard scoring pass from Max Duggan to Quentin Johnston with 12:36 left were the deciding plays.

TCU (10-0, 7-0 Big 12) is now guaranteed to finish the regular season with one of the top two spots in the conference, earning a berth in the league championship game.

The Longhorns’ lone touchdown came via its defense when Jahdae Barron picked up a Duggan fumble on a botched handoff and returned it 48 yards to cut TCU’s lead to 17-10 with 4:25 remaining.

Duggan passed for 124 yards as the Horned Frogs amassed only 283 yards of total offense.

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers threw for 171 yards and was intercepted once. He didn’t complete a pass until four and a half minutes into the second quarter.

Bijan Robinson, the Longhorns’ preseason All-American running back, gained just 29 yards on 12 carries. Texas (6-4, 4-3) had only 199 total yards.

The defenses were dominating in the first quarter, which was scoreless thanks to a partially blocked field goal by Texas on a 34-yard attempt by the Horned Frogs’ Griffin Kell with 22 seconds to play.

The 39 combined yards for the teams over the first 15 minutes were the fewest in any quarter in college football this season.

TCU broke the stalemate with a Kell 34-yard FG with 1:20 to play in the second quarter at the end of a 14-play, 57-yard drive.

The Horned Frogs added to their lead at the 5:08 mark of the third quarter when Miller burst through a huge hole inside right tackle, made a move to the outside and outraced the defense to the end zone.

The Longhorns finally got on the board on Bert Auburn’s 22-yard FG with 58 seconds to play in the third quarter.

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Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs the ball into the end zone during the Texas Longhorns football game against Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

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No. 24 Texas hangs on to defeat No. 13 K-State

Bijan Robinson rushed for 209 yards as No. 24 Texas survived a second-half rally by No. 13 Kansas State to win 34-27 and move into a three-way tie for second in the Big 12.

K-State’s potential game-tying drive ended with a fumble at midfield with 24 seconds left.

Texas (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) won its sixth straight game against K-State and snapped a five-game road losing streak.

Adrian Martinez finished 24-of-36 passing for a season-high 329 yards for K-State (6-3, 4-2).

Texas led 31-10 at halftime before K-State twice cut the deficit to one score.

K-State’s best cornerback, Julius Brents, was ejected from the game on a targeting call on the opening drive. The Longhorns capped the drive with a 36-yard touchdown run by Robinson.

Martinez hit Deuce Vaughn with a 28-yard touchdown pass to answer the score.

Texas marched 75 yards on eight plays to regain the lead. Roschon Johnson punched it in from the 9-yard line.

K-State then rattled off a 16-play, 84-yard drive but stalled on the Texas 4-yard line. Ty Zentner hit a 22-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10.

Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers found Xavier Worthy alone in the back of the end zone for the Longhorns’ third touchdown. Ewers finished 18-for-31 for 197 yards passing and two TDs.

Texas appeared headed to a three-score lead when Johnson broke through the line on a fourth-and-1 run, but Ekow Boye-Doe stripped the ball from behind and it was recovered by Jacob Parrish at the K-State 10. K-State failed to convert a fourth-and-2 deep in Texas territory.

The Longhorns answered with a 74-yard drive, capped by a 28-yard Bert Auburn field goal. The key play was a 68-yard run by Robinson.

Martinez then threw his first interception of the season, setting up Texas at the K-State 27. Ewers hit Worthy on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in the half.

K-State took advantage of a Johnson fumble to trim the deficit early in the third quarter. Martinez punched it in from the 1-yard line. Martinez then hit Kade Warner on a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut it to 31-24.

Auburn’s 29-yard field goal made it a two-score game. Zentner answered with a 28-yarder.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Will Howard (18) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

No. 13 K-State flying high ahead of big game vs. No. 24 Texas

Kansas State is coming off a historic victory. Now it’s time to prove that it was not a fluke.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 13 in the first College Football Playoff poll, defeated then-No. 9 Oklahoma State 48-0 last Saturday, the largest shutout ever over a top-10 team by a team lower in the rankings. It was the Wildcats’ first victory over the Cowboys in Chris Klieman’s four years as head coach.

They’ll face another squad Klieman hasn’t defeated when No. 24 Texas comes to Manhattan, Kan. on Saturday for a primetime showdown.

K-State (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) played exceptionally well against the Cowboys, and two Wildcats earned Big 12 player of the week honors. Quarterback Will Howard, who played for injured starter Adrian Martinez, earned offensive player of the week after going 21-of-37 for 296 passing yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Punter Ty Zentner was selected special teams player of the week after serving as punter, place kicker and kickoff specialist. He hit both field goals and all six extra points, plus placed two of his four punts inside the 20 without a touchback.

The defense shut out the Cowboys, who came into the game averaging 44.7 points per game, tied for third in the FBS. The last time the Cowboys were shut out was Nov. 28, 2009, when they were blanked by Oklahoma, 27-0. The Cowboys also were held to 217 yards of total offense, less than half their season average (466.9 yards per game).

Klieman knows it will take an equally stout effort to defeat the Longhorns.

“I know they’re extremely well coached and they have great talent,” Klieman said at his Tuesday press conference. “They’ll have some things we haven’t seen. We know they’ll attack us where other teams have hurt us.”

Klieman said he didn’t know whether Martinez or Howard will start Saturday, and he probably won’t say when he does figure it out.

“Adrian is closer (to playing),” the coach said, adding that Howard is playing well enough to consider starting him regardless of Martinez’s health.

Texas (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) was off last weekend after being defeated by the same Oklahoma State team that K-State pummeled. With a win over K-State, the Longhorns will have a good chance to compete for a spot in the Big 12 championship game Dec. 3. A loss will make it nearly impossible. The Longhorns lost to Oklahoma State and play conference-leading TCU, ranked seventh in the CFP, next week in Austin.

Texas is 3-7 all-time in Manhattan, including wins in each of the last two meetings. The Longhorns won the last game in Manhattan, 69-31, but that was against a COVID-depleted team in 2020.

No one expects that kind of result Saturday.

“They’re talented in all three phases,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said of the Wildcats. “They take care of the ball on offense and create a bunch of turnovers on defense. They limit their penalties. This is a great task, going on the road into a really cool environment, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers will hope for improvement after he completed just 19 of 49 passes against the Cowboys for 319 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Bijan Robinson leads the Longhorns on the ground with 920 yards and 11 touchdowns; he’s broken the 100-yard mark in six straight games and gained at least 130 rushing yards in three straight.

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Report: Arch Manning to enroll early at Texas

Arch Manning will enroll at Texas in January, The Athletic reported.

Manning, ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2023, is completing his senior season at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. He committed to the Longhorns and coach Steve Sarkisian in June.

The nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli, Manning will have a chance to get accustomed to college life and take part in spring practices with his early enrollment.

He is part of a strong 2023 class for the Longhorns, which the composite ranks as the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation. It includes two more five-star prospects in wide receiver Johntay Cook II from DeSoto, Texas, and safety Derek Williams from New Iberia, La.

If Sarkisian decides to stick with Quinn Ewers — another former No. 1 overall player in his class — Manning could redshirt in the 2023 season and take over the position in 2024, when Ewers will be eligible for the NFL draft.

Manning is in the midst of a standout senior season. On Friday night, he completed 16 of 23 passes for 321 yards with four touchdowns in a 41-12 victory over Martin Luther King Charter of New Orleans. He has thrown for 1,894 yards and 30 touchdowns through eight games.

He also recently broke school records for touchdowns and passing yards that previously were held by Peyton and Eli, respectively.

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Oct 15, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) tries to the turn the corner on TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Johnny Hodges (57) during the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Texas put lethal running games to test

No. 20 Texas, based on three consecutive wins and a powerful offensive attack, will be the favorite when it plays No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon in a key Big 12 Conference dustup in Stillwater, Okla.

Expect the contest to be a battle, especially in the trenches, as both teams have run-first mentalities.

The Longhorns (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) head north after a 24-21 win over Iowa State last Saturday. The victory was Texas’ third straight and allowed it to jump two spots in the AP rankings to its highest spot in the poll this season. The Longhorns’ two losses — to Alabama and at Texas Tech — have come by a combined four points.

Quinn Ewers passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner to Xavier Worthy on fourth down, and Bijan Robinson racked up 171 total yards (135 of them on the ground) in the Longhorns’ win.

Texas’ Anthony Cook forced a late fumble with Iowa State at the Texas 28-yard line to preserve the victory. Jaylan Ford recovered the fumble after earlier intercepting a pass in the end zone to end another Cyclones scoring opportunity.

“A year ago, I don’t know if we win this game,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday about the win over Iowa State. “I don’t know if we were mature enough as a team, if we had the culture to persevere, to have the poise and composure in the face of adversity like we had.”

“But in the end, we had to make plays at critical moments, and we weren’t perfect, but we made some critical plays.”

Robinson rushed for 100 or more yards for the fifth time this season, and Worthy has caught a TD pass in four straight games.

Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1) returns home after a 43-40 double-overtime loss to then-No. 13 TCU in Fort Worth. The Cowboys led 24-7 five minutes into the second quarter and were still up 30-16 early in the fourth before surrendering two TCU touchdowns, the last with 1:57 to play in regulation.

After the teams traded TDs in the first overtime period, Oklahoma State was forced to settle for a career-best 52-yard field goal by Tanner Brown in the second; TCU responded with a touchdown to win.

It was the first time the Cowboys had lost when leading by at least 14 points since 2016 against Central Michigan. Oklahoma State’s last three losses — two last year and against TCU — have been on the road and by a combined 11 points.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said afterward that the loss, and how it occurred, would gnaw at him.

“I don’t even remember the wins — I always remember the losses,” Gundy said. “We were trying to put (the game) away. We just didn’t get it done. The challenge now is I’m gonna guess almost every game we play is gonna be like this.”

Spencer Sanders passed for 245 yards and a score and ran for 68 yards and two more TDs in the loss. He now has 1,874 career rushing yards, an all-time quarterback rushing record for the Cowboys, and has eight touchdowns on the ground in 2022.

Sanders did not practice in the week running up to the TCU game after suffering a shoulder injury against Texas Tech on Oct. 8. Gundy refused to confirm if Sanders will be available against the Longhorns.

“I don’t want to talk about any injuries directly related to players and how much they practice,” Gundy said.

The Longhorns hold a 26-10 advantage in the series over Oklahoma State. The then-12th ranked Cowboys won last year’s contest 32-24 in Austin.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA: Texas Longhorns Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian holds up the Golden Hat trophy after a 49-0 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the annual Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Aaron E. Martinez/Austin American-Statesman- USA TODAY NETWORK

No. 22 Texas, after historic performance, takes aims at Iowa St.

Strengths will collide when No. 22 Texas, fresh off a record-setting offensive performance, hosts defensive-minded Iowa State on Saturday afternoon in a Big 12 Conference dustup in Austin, Texas.

Iowa State has had recent success against the Longhorns, winning the past three games in the series, including a victory in 2020 when the teams last played in Austin.

The Longhorns (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) head home after a dominating 49-0 win over rival Oklahoma in Dallas last week in which they handed the Sooners their worst shutout loss in program history. Texas was uber-efficient on offense, with redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers returning from a collarbone injury to pass for 289 yards and four touchdowns.

The Longhorns racked up 585 yards of total offense despite pulling their starters atter the third quarter. They also amassed 36 first downs, the most in a single game in the Texas-Oklahoma matchup and the most ever at a game held inside Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Texas’ win was not only about offense, as the Longhorns allowed only 195 yards and just 39 passing yards, the fewest they’ve surrendered in a game since 2014. Texas has now run off back-to-back routs after losing in overtime to Texas Tech on Sept. 24 in its Big 12 opener. The Longhorns’ two losses were by a combined four points.

“I loved the way we’ve played complementary football,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday. “It’s been that way for two weeks where we’ve been feeding off one another in all three phases. Schematically, we’re doing things from week to week that are beneficial to our success.”

Iowa State (3-3, 0-3) travels to central Texas after losing to then-No. 20 Kansas State 10-9 at home last Saturday.

The Cyclones began the season 3-0 but have dropped three straight Big 12 games to begin league play for the first time since coach Matt Campbell’s initial year on the job, 2016.

Those three losses, two of which were to ranked teams, were by a combined 11 points.

Jace Gilbert kicked three field goals to account for Iowa State’s points against the Wildcats, including a 43-yarder that gave the Cyclones a 9-7 lead in the final minute of the third quarter. After surrendering a field goal to Kansas State midway through the final quarter, Iowa State had the ball twice with short fields but could not forge a winning drive.

“I don’t feel like we are totally off kilter, it is just our inconsistencies,” Campbell said. “We have to be right on right now to be consistent, and we are not. … You still see some ‘A’ players making ‘A’ plays, but we are not as consistent as we need to be to win football games right now.”

The Cyclones ended up with just 276 yards of total offense but stayed in contention thanks to a stifling defense that limited Kansas State’s powerful attack to only 131 yards rushing, less than half of its season average entering the game.

Iowa State ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering 13.7 points per game over its first six contests. The Cyclones are 11th in total defense, allowing 277.5 yards per contest.

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Drake Stoops (12) is brought down by Texas Longhorns defensive back Austin Jordan (4) and Texas Longhorns defensive back Anthony Cook (11) during the Red River Showdown college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.


Texas adds to Oklahoma’s misery in 49-0 rout

Quinn Ewers threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns, Bijan Robinson ran for 130 yards and two scores and Texas blew out Oklahoma 49-0 on Saturday at Dallas.

It was Texas’ first win over the Sooners since 2018 and the most points the Longhorns had scored in the long history of the series.

Playing for the first time since being injured early in the Longhorns’ Sept. 10 loss to Alabama, Ewers didn’t take long to make an impact.

The freshman led a 12-play, 90-yard touchdown drive on Texas’ second possession, the first of three consecutive touchdown drives for the Longhorns.

While Texas’ quarterback was back in action, the Sooners’ QB was not on the field.

Dillon Gabriel, who was in concussion protocol after being knocked out of last week’s loss to TCU, warmed up prior to the game but when Oklahoma came out of the locker room for kickoff, Gabriel was in shorts.

Instead, Davis Beville started at quarterback for the Sooners.

Beville was just 6 of 12 for 38 yards with an interception.

The Sooners largely used a series of running backs and tight ends as Wildcat quarterbacks.
The strategy was effective in spurts but didn’t produce any points.

Oklahoma finished with just 195 yards of offense, its fewest since 2005.

Ewers found Xavier Worthy, Keilan Robinson and Ja’Tavion Sanders for touchdowns in the first half, giving Texas a 28-0 lead at the break.

Jordan Whittington finished with five catches for 97 yards for the Longhorns (4-2, 2-1 Big 12). Sanders had five catches for 71 yards and two TDs.

Wide receiver Jalil Farooq, one of four non-quarterbacks to line up at the position for the Sooners, had five carries for 60 yards to lead Oklahoma (3-3, 0-3).

Oklahoma’s three-game losing streak is its first in the regular season since 1998. It’s the first time the Sooners had lost back-to-back games by 30 or more points in at least a century.

The Sooners have given up an average of 48.3 points per game during the losing streak, after allowing an average of 10 in the first three games.

–Field Level Media