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3 takeaways from Oklahoma's win over Texas in Red River Showdown

Sporting News logo Sporting News 12/10/2019 23:31:00 Drew Nantais

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Oklahoma used a solid defensive performance and three touchdowns by wide receiver CeeDee Lamb to top Texas 34-27 on Saturday in Dallas.

The Sooners remained undefeated and can gain ground in the polls thanks to Georgia's loss to South Carolina. 

After a couple of early turnovers, quarterback Jalen Hurts looked sharp throwing for 235 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 131 yards and one score.

Oklahoma returns home to host West Virginia while Texas plays host to Kansas next week.

Three takeaways from No. 6 Oklahoma's win over No. 11 Texas in Red River Showdown

Lamb was unstoppable

The junior wide receiver torched the Longhorns defense all day setting a career high in catches and tying a career high in touchdowns. 

Lamb caught 10 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns to help Oklahoma beat Texas for the third time in the last five seasons. 

Hurts continuously found Lamb for big plays all day as Texas couldn't stop the dynamic duo.

The Sooners' defense came up big

While much of the talk surrounding this Oklahoma team has been about its high-octane offense - and rightfully so - it was Alex Grinch's defense that shined Saturday.

After two early turnovers by Hurts, the defense managed to stop the Longhorns offense and forced punts to keep them scoreless in the first quarter. The Sooners defense also held Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger to just 210 yards and no touchdowns.

Texas also didn't hit the 100-yard rushing mark as a team until late in the fourth quarter.

In years past, the Achilles' heel of the Sooners has been their defense, but this year, things are looking very different.

Hurts continues to shine

After the first month of the college football season, it was evident that Hurts was one of the early front-runners for the Heisman Trophy.

His performance against Texas only improved his position as the former Alabama standout tallied 366 yards of offense and four total touchdowns. Hurts has now been responsible for at least four touchdowns in four straight games and five of the Sooners' last six overall. 

After an early fumble and interception in the first quarter, Hurts settled down and torched the Texas defense, hitting his favorite target Lamb 10 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns. 

If Hurts keeps this stellar play up, Oklahoma might just have its third Heisman Trophy winner in as many seasons.

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13. lokakuuta 2019 2:31:00 Categories: STT Sporting News

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