2010s

2010s

2010:  Texas squeaked by with a one-point victory over Oklahoma – final score 13-12.  Defense and mistakes were the deciding factors in the game.  Each team had two turnovers and a blocked punt with Texas blocking its own punt and taking a safety on a bad snap, resulting in Oklahoma’s lead at half time 9-7.  Ronnie Price from Broken Arrow had a 61-yard return on the game’s first punt with Joseph Aska from Edmond North finally taking it in for the touchdown.  Aska led Oklahoma with 47 rushing yards.  Texas scored a touchdown before they even made a first down.  The Offensive Most Valuable Player of the game was Seth Garza from Bowie.  He hicked a pair of 28-yard field goals that made the difference in the game.  Teddy Johnson from Coppell was the game’s Defensive Most Valuable Player with a sack and forcing a fumble that set up the deciding field goal.  Another Texas stand-out was Wichita Falls HIgh School’s Eddie Aboussie with a team-high 41 yards on six carries and he caught two passes for 15 yards.  Texas has now increased its series lead to 45-18-1

2011:  History was made in 2011 as the Oil Bowl had its first overtime game.  Argyle’s Chad Hedlund kicked a 39-yard field goal in OT for 17-14 win, but only after the Texas defense forced three Oklahoma turnovers and came up with a critical safety.  Texas won the game despite not leading in the second half and missing both of its extra-point attempts — one on a block and another because of a bad snap.  Oklahoma managed to survive a couple turnovers early, but its last one on the first play of overtime proved the costliest.  Kingfisher quarterback Derek Patterson fumbled after a hit from DeSoto’s Brandon Mullins pounded on it.  Oklahoma’s bad snap from its own 9-yard line gave Texas a safety that cut Oklahoma’s lead to 14-8 with 6:06 to play.  Texas hadn’t sniffed the red zone before then,  but it took over on Oklahoma’s 43-yard line after the free kick and a late-hit penalty.  Iowa Park’s Lee Cubb broke several tackles in gaining 23 yards after catching a short fourth-and-6 pass from the 39.  That led to a 4-yard touchdown fun by Mexia’s Doug Gentry, but Texas missed the PAT, causing overtime.  Before Gentry’s TD run, all of Texas points had been produced by the defense.  Stephen Sanders (Mesquite Horn)picked off a screen pass and sprinted 69 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.  Guthrie’s 6-6 receiver Devante McCully caught two deep passes that set up two Oklahoma touchdowns.  After a 38-yard McCully catch, Oklahoma scored a 21- yard TD pass from Elk City’s Will Davis to Lawton’s Tyrequek Zimmerman.  That gave Oklahoma a 7-6 halftime lead.  A 45-yard reception by McCully late in the third quarter led to Zimmerman’s 39-yard touchdown on third-and-30.

2012: The 2012 game was the Oil Bowl’s 75th  “birthday” and the first football game ever to be played on the new Joe Golding Field at Memorial Stadium. And at the end of the night, Oklahoma was doing the celebrating.  The final score of 30-20 doesn’t really tell the story of the hard fought game.  Texas only had three first downs in the first half of the game and there were three touchdowns scored in the final minutes of the game!  Oklahoma Quarterback Brent Wilson from Ponca City had a touchdown throw to Matthew Hermann of Tulsa Union to put Oklahoma up 7-0 in the first quarter.A field goal by Daniel Schwarz of Lawton MacArthur in the second quarter brought the score to 10-0 at the end of the half.  At the start of the second half, Texas player Jordan Barnes of Van Alstyne, made a goal-line rushing touchdown to bring the score to 10-7.  Zach Maynard of Davis intercepted the ball for Oklahoma and that turnover became another touchdeown when Wilson threw to Mitchell Foote of Enid, bringing the score to 17-7.  With one second left in the third quarter, Texas brought the score to 17-14 with a touchdown.  The fourth quarter really brought the excitement.  Texas had another passing touchdown.  But then Oklahoma took over.  Garrett Clark of Seminole threw a 21-yard touchdown pass.  And Sheldon Wilson of Anadarko scored in the closing minutes of the game with a 54-yard rushing touchdown.  Brent Wilson received the Oklahoma Most Valuable Offensive Player for completing seven-of-seven passes for two touchdowns.  Matt Linscott of Jenks received the Defensive Most Valuable Player for Oklahoma with seven tackles.  And Oklahoma’s All-Time high school touchdown leader, Sheldon Wilson of Anadarko, closed out his high school career by scoring a touchdown in every game he played in his final season.

2013:  2013 brought a big change to the Oil Bowl.  The last time the game was played by two Texas teams ws in 1961 when East Texas beat West Texas 20-0.  And in 2013, East Texas once again was the winner over West Texas, this time with a score of 22-17.  The game had lots of excitement from big players and bog plays.  There were four touchdowns in the game’s first quarter and West texas had 17-13 lead at halftime, partly due to three turn-overs by the East Texas team.  But then East Texas came alive in the second half after a 100 yard kick-off return for a touchdown by J. T. Luper from Sherman.  Other highlights of the night included Jabari Anderson of Wylie East setting an Oil Bowl rushing record.  He gained 187 yards on 24 carries.  Alex Cole, linebacker from Van Alstyne, was named Defensive MVP, finishing with eight tackles, including 4.5 for losses.  Munday’s Dee Paul made his biggest contribution on special teams, returning two kickoffs for 30 and 62 yards.  Jarrod Mahan, from Graham, had the game’s only interception.  Players from Rider had a big impact on the game:  Brodey West led the West in receiving with two catches for 31 yards, D. J. Arnold had five tackles, and Brandon Williams had a 30-yard field goal.

2014: Rider’s Carlos Fleeks rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown to lead West Texas to a 28-0 victory over East Texas in the 77th annual Oil Bowl at Memorial Stadium.  Fleeks was named Offensive MVP, while Aledo linebaker Matthew Hawkins was named Defensive MVP after helping hold East Texas to 106 total yards.  Hawkins finished with 11 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  Graham’s Dillon Gonzales caught a 45-yard touchdown from Burnet’s Derek Kiser in the first quarter and Fleeks broke off a 52-yard score with 1:41 before halftime.  Boyd’s Fino Cardona and Holliday’s Logan Allen added touchdown runs in the third quarter to double the lead.

2015:  Defense was the name of the game in the 2015 Oil Bowl Football Classic.  The East Texas All-Stars had a 7-3 victory over the West Texas All-Stars in what was the second lowest score in Oil Bowl history.  7-3 was also the score of the 1980 Oil Bowl, with Texas defeating Oklahoma.  The lowest scoring game was in 1955 with Texas securing a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma.  The distinction of lowest scoring game seemed to be in question as there were not any points scored until the West scored 3 points on a 26-yard field goal by Cedar Park Vista Ridge’s Tanner Reed with 5:49 remaining in the first half.  That was the only score of the game until Mesquite Poteet’s Jaylon Smith scored the winning touchdown for the East with 6:42 remaining in the game.  Jaylon Smith was Offensive Most Valuable Player, rushing for 55 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.  Dee Spencer, also from Mesquite, was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player after making five tackles for losses and two sacks.  The statistic that gives a clear idea of the defensive nature of this game is there was a combined 20 tackles for losses, including six sacks.