The battle between Texas and Oklahoma goes back to 1900, played in Dallas since 1912, and at the State Fair since 1929. This game marks the 118th time the two teams collided. Interestingly, Texas is the only Big 12 program with a winning record (62-50-5) against Oklahoma.
The last time Texas beat Oklahoma was in 2018, Sam Ehlinger was the quarterback, and Cameron Dicker was the freshman kicker who instantly became a superstar after he kicked a 52 yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game to break the tie and give Texas the win 48-45.
Two days prior to the game on 10/4/2018, Dicker filed a trademark applications for the name "Dicker The Kicker" just in case (as if he knew) he would be called to kick the game winner. After graduating from Texas, Dicker was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent then signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad in case Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is not able to play due to a leg injury.
Second-year sophomore kicker #45 Bret Auburn from Flower Mound, Texas took over for Dicker. So far in the 2022 season, Auburn is 10-12 in field-goals (his longest is 49 yards against Alabama) and he has not missed a point-after in 22 kicks.
The Red River Showdown will be a battle and may go down to the wire, like they usually do, and Texas may need to call upon Auburn to save the day.
Is Auburn ready, can he withstand the pressure, what if he has to kick on the Oklahoma side of the field, and can he pull it off under pressure to win the game?
If Auburn is called upon to win the game in the same dramatic finish as Dicker, will he get a nickname and what could it be? So far, we do not see any trademark applications for Auburn.
We will ask Sarkisian in his Thursday press conference how Auburn has prepared in case he needs him in the final seconds of the game to bring the Golden Hat back home to Texas.
If you would like to wear Bert Auburn's game jersey, visit the Texas Official Team Shop and simply pick his number.