By Nick Gholson
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Waiting in a lunch line Friday, I asked Jim Garfield if his Texas team was going to win the Oil Bowl.
He just smiled and said “yes.”
It wasn’t exactly a Joe Namath-like guarantee, but I also didn’t expect the Rider coach to predict a Texas loss.
Out of respect for Gar, I silently disagreed with his prediction.
To me, it looked like Oklahoma had put together a team to win a football game, while Texas had put together a team to sell tickets.
Nothing wrong with that. Selling tickets is a big deal in a charity game like this. And it was nice to see some 7,000 people in the Memorial Stadium stands on Saturday night.
But in the end, Oklahoma did what it came here to do. The guys from north of the Red River whipped Texas 30-20.
Those 30 points were the second most Oklahoma has scored this century and the most since a 38-7 win seven years ago.
Texas was thoroughly dominated in the first half, even though the scoreboard only showed the Okies up 10-0.
Oklahoma had 167 yards in the opening half. Texas had just 61.
None of Texas’ first eight drives lasted more than six plays.
But give Texas credit. Gar’s guys showed a lot of grit in the second half.
They got two big catches from a couple of local guys that at least made a game out of it — Chance Garey of Wichita Falls High set up a touchdown with a 61-yard catch and Blaine Curren of Burkburnett scored on a 59-yarder to make us all proud.
But the bottom line was Texas just didn’t have the horses that Oklahoma had.
The trio of backs that offensive coordinator Rob Fry brought here was as good a group of runners as I have ever seen in an Oil Bowl. Casey Curtis (80 yards), Sheldon Wilson (69) and James Flanders (51) produced 200 rushing yards. They averaged 5.6 yards per touch.
And then there was that quarterback.
Brent Wilson showed how he threw for 6,167 yards and 61 touchdowns in his career at Ponca City High.
Not one Wilson pass hit the ground. All seven found a pair of Okie hands. Two found the end zone.
Emporia State got a steal with this young QB and Enid wide receiver Mitchell Foote, who caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
To me the highlight of the night for Gar and his guys was their first touchdown.
Texas lined up in the single wing and Jordan Barnes of Van Alstyne took the snap, spun and ran it in from 1 yard out.
What a great way to celebrate the Oil Bowl’s 75h birthday and the first football game ever played on Joe Golding Field.
But in the end, Oklahoma blew out all the candles at this birthday party.
Sports Editor Nick Gholson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-720-3447.