DALLAS – The Oklahoma football team had no chance to beat Texas at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Fans started leaving the Cotton Bowl to indulge their sorrows. The Sooners faced a three-score deficit. Texas was throttling Oklahoma’s defense.
But then the Sooners awoke. With quarterback Kyler Murray leading them, they stormed back to tie the game at 45.
None of it mattered.
Freshman kicker Cameron Dicker drilled a 40-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining to help the No. 19 Longhorns defeat No. 7 Oklahoma 48-45 in the Red River Showdown on Saturday. The win was the highest-scoring meeting between the rivals in series history.
The loss was Murray’s first as a starting quarterback in his career, dating to his high school days.
Turnovers proved costly for the Sooners, as Murray threw an interception and lost a fumble in the third quarter. OU trailed by one score when the redshirt junior quarterback fumbled, leading to a Texas score.
Murray didn’t go quietly, as his 67-yard touchdown run with 5:11 left in the game helped bring OU to within a score at 45-38. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Trey Sermon capped a Sooners’ drive to tie the game at 45.
Texas marched down the field and tacked on the field goal, leaving OU with no timeout and no time left to attempt to tie the game again.
Murray completed 19-of-26 passes for 304 yards, four touchdowns and the interceptions. On the ground, he gained 92 yards rushing and the score.
His counterpart, Sam Ehlinger, was more efficient in all aspects. He didn’t turn the ball over, completed 24-of-35 passes for 314 yards with two scores and added three scores on the ground.
The loss moves coach Lincoln Riley to 17-3 as the head man at Oklahoma. The Sooners (5-1 overall, 2-1 big 12)have a bye next week before returning to action Oct. 20 against TCU in Fort Worth.