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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Longhorns: Top Five Texas-OU Moments 

Starting with a 13-6 victory just six months after my birth, Texas has compiled a 13-12-2 record against Oklahoma in my twenty-seven years of life. In that time the Horns have put up many memorable moments against the hated Sooners. I've whittled them down to my Top Five:

Oct. 8, 1994- Trailing 17-10, #16 Oklahoma needs a touchdown on fourth-and goal to tie #15 Texas with less than a minute to play. RB James Allen takes the ball and sees an opening inside. He cuts back toward the goalline and -- BAM! -- Stonie Clark comes out of nowhere to stuff the Sooners' last-gasp attempt a foot shy of the endzone.

Oct. 12, 1991- #6 Oklahoma's defense stifles Texas' offense all day long. But midway through the fourth quarter, it's the unranked Horns' defense that comes up big. DT James Patton forces a Sooner fumble and backup S Bubba Jacques scoops it up for a 30-yard TD return that gives Texas a 10-7 win.

Oct. 14, 1989- Unranked Texas faces the possibility of a fifth consecutive loss to Oklahoma. The #15 Sooners look imposing, but freshman QB Peter Gardere shows no fear. He completes five passes, including a 25-yard strike to Johnny Walker in the game's waning minutes, for a 28-24 upset win.

Oct. 13, 1990- Unranked Texas once again needs late-game heroics to upset #6 Oklahoma. Peter Gardere takes over with seven minutes remaining and leds his team on a five-minute drive to the OU 16, where the Horns face fourth-and-long. Deja vu for Gardere. He calmly drops back and fires a TD pass to Keith Cash for another thrilling Texas win.

Oct. 10, 1998- The battle of unranked teams sees Ricky Williams -- wearing N. 37 in honor of former Heisman RB Doak Walker -- dedicate his performance to the late star's memory. Williams punctuates his first quarter TD by pointing to the heavens. The game is still in doubt, though, when Texas recovers a fumble at the OU 3-yard line in the third. No sweat, says Major Applewhite. The freshman goes up-top to WR Wane McGarity for a 97-yard TD pass, the longest in school history, that breaks Oklahoma's back. Texas wins, 38-3.


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