If there is one thing Texas head coach Charlie Strong wants Texas to be, it is tough. That has been the case in the first half of this afternoon’s game with Oklahoma, but the Sooners have come up with the big plays to take a 17-13 lead into halftime.
Texas has held Oklahoma to just 29 yards of offense, but the Sooners have capitalized on a 91-yard kickoff return by Alex Ross for one touchdown and a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by Zack Sanchez. The offense has struggled to get anything going against the Longhorns defense, going without a third-down conversion and just eight rushing yards as a team.
Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes has played well, completing 14 of 21 attempts for 172 yards and a touchdown. His big mistake came on the interception that was returned for a score, but Texas seems to have something working on offense. Jaxon Shipley leads all players at the half with seven catches for 84 yards.
Texas has been killing itself with penalties too. Entering the day averaging just over six penalties per game, the Longhorns have already been flagged for eight penalties in this one. That is not something Strong will take lightly. Oklahoma has been called for just one penalty.