By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer
DALLAS, Texas — No one who was among the 92,300 fans at the venerable Cotton Bowl in Dallas Saturday ever will see as game as good as the one No. 19 Texas and seventh-ranked Oklahoma produced in the 113th playing of the Red River Showdown, a thrilling 48-45 victory by the Longhorns over their biggest rival.
If you were there on the sun-splashed afternoon as a fan for either team, you likely held your breath as Texas freshman Cameron Dicker kicked the game-winning field goal with nine seconds to play, saving the Longhorns from an Oklahoma comeback that was sudden, furious and frightening.
Dicker’s deciding three-pointer came at the end of a nine-play, 52-yard drive and rescued the Longhorns after they built a 21-point fourth-quarter lead and gave it all back in less than six minutes of the fourth quarter.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was the star of the game before Dicker’s kick, racking up 394 total yards and five touchdown. He threw for 314 yards and two scores, rushed for 72 and three touchdowns and even caught a pass for 8 yards.
The 48 points Texas that scored Saturday were the most ever by a Longhorn team in this series, which dates back to 1900 and predates Oklahoma’s statehood.
“We are excited to celebrate tonight,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “This one, on the stat sheet, means a lot to our seniors and our university. But on the win-loss record, it doesn’t count any more than the win in Manhattan, Kan., and we know that.
“We’ve got some long-range goals that we needed to take this next step to get toward, and I’m happy we did.”