Michael Wright, Times Record News
WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Oklahoma squashed Texas’ bid for a fourth-straight victory in Saturday’s 66th Annual Oil Bowl at Memorial Stadium.
Deer Creek’s Luke Roberts booted a 47-yard field goal with 3:43 left to play to give Oklahoma a 24-21 win in an exciting shootout that saw Texas rebound from a 21-13 fourth-quarter deficit to tie up the score with 7:15 remaining.
Texas’ Taurance Rawls scored on a 1-yard burst with Holliday’s Lee Price missing the point after, making it 21-21.
Holliday’s Price kicked a pair of third-quarter field goals to give Texas a 13-7 lead. His first came on a 25-yarder with 7:14 remaining in the quarter.
Texas’ Johnny White picked off a Paul Smith pass and returned it 29 yards to set up Price’s second field goal, a 38-yard bomb.
Oklahoma wasted no time responding.
On the ensuing possession Spencer McIllwain took an off-tackle run and rumbled 80 yards for a touchdown with 3:23 left in the third quarter. Luke Roberts’ extra-point attempt was good, giving Oklahoma a 14-13 advantage.
Royce Street extended Oklahoma’s lead with his heady defensive play.
Texas quarterback Chase Wasson misplaced an option pitch to Taurance Rawls. Street picked it off in mid-air to go 80 yards to paydirt. Roberts split the uprights to put Oklahoma up 21-13.
Texas struck early as Wasson hit his Southlake Carroll teammate Scott Chandler for a 4-yard scoring strike with 4:43 left in the opening quarter.
The touchdown capped an 11-play drive spanning 80 yards. But two of Texas’ first downs came on Oklahoma penalties.
Price did the PAT honors to give the Texans a 7-0 lead.
Oklahoma didn’t get on the board until 21 ticks before the end of the opening quarter.
Oklahoma quarterback Smith fumbled a snap before popping up to drill Mick Majors for a 2-yard touchdown. Roberts’ extra-point kick knotted up the score 7-7.
Smith finished the first half with 75 yards on 8-of-13 attempts, while Texas’ Wasson completed 8-of-18 for 87 yards in the first half.
Wasson also led Texas’ ground game with 32 yards on seven attempts. His teammate James Battle passed for 27 first half yards, while running for another 16.
The first half of Saturday’s contest was marred with penalties as the teams combined for 142 yards in lost real estate.
Both benches cleared at the 4:36 mark of the opening quarter when a scuffle between Texas’ Bruce Davis and Oklahoma’s Kody Impson turned into an all-out brawl between the squads.
Neither player was ejected.
Defensively, Oklahoma’s Jermaine West was the only turnover recipient in the first half. He picked off a Wasson pass with 6:26 left in the second quarter.
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