Defense wilts under Oklahoma barrage, Longhorns fall, 45-40, in Red River Showdown
By Steve Habel, Senior Editor
DALLAS, Texas — When 20th-ranked Oklahoma needed to control the clock with the game against Texas in the balance in the fourth quarter Saturday, the Sooners opted for a lot of three-yard runs and short passes rather than flashy, deep throws.
The focus of that late-game strategy was workhorse running back Samaje Perine, who ran for 214 yards on 35 carries, nine of which came on the decisive drive, as Oklahoma outlasted the reeling Longhorns, 45-40, before a sun-splashed crowd of 92,100 at the Cotton Bowl on the State Fair Grounds of Texas.
Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 390 yards and three touchdowns — all three to Dede Westbrook, who hauled in 10 passes for a 232 yards, the most [article-offer]