By Zach Duncan
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Oklahoma felt like it gave the game away. Texas thought it seized the moment.
Whatever the assessment of how the 74th Oil Bowl ended, the first overtime game in the bowl’s history concluded with a field goal that was all but a certainty after previous circumstances.
After Texas failed to convert its two extra points in regulation Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, Argyle’s Chad Hedlund drilled a 39-yard field goal for the winning points.
That provided Texas with a 17-14 victory in front of 4,000 fans, increasing its lead in the series to 46-18-1.
More than that field goal, Texas walked away a winner because of a defense that forced three Oklahoma turnovers and a critical safety.
“We just gave the game away, bottom line,” Oklahoma coach Phillip Koons (Tuttle) said. “Sometimes you get around these kids and for the most part, 90 percent of them play really hard and you get some prima donnas during the course of the week that fiddle3-fart around and don’t have a lot of character. Sometimes in close games that shows up, and that’s what happened to us.”
Texas coach Byron West (Henrietta) disagreed with Koons’ stance, pointing to the big plays his defense delivered and offense executed late.
“I feel like it was 17-14 and Texas won. It’s a football game. Things happen. You go gamble and you lose a bunch of money, and you don’t say, “Well, I played a bad hand. I shouldn’t have done that.”
“They were bigger than we were. They had guys going to a lot more places, more D-I’s. But we beat Oklahoma this year.”
Texas won this rivalry all-star 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.
Hedlund’s field goal also allowed the Wake Forest signee to leave Memorial Stadium on a bright note. The last time he played in this venue, Hedlund missed a penalty kick late in a playoff game that ended in a 1-0 loss.
“It’s good to leave here redeeming myself,” Hedlund said. “It’s one of those kicks where right when you kick it, you look straight up to see the result. I got it.”
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 Cord Seay, and Coppell’s Brandon Mullins pounded on it.
That continued the wave of momentum Texas rode after Oklahoma’s bad snap from its 9-yard line gave the Lone Star State renewed life at 14-8 with 6:06 remaining.
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.
Doug Gentry’s 4-yard touchdown with three minutes left tied the score, but the biggest play came from Iowa Parks Lee Clubb. Clubb broke several tackles after catching a short pass on fourth-and-6 from the 39-yard line, gaining 23 yards. But a failure to execute a PAT sent the game into overtime. Before Gentry’s touchdown, Texas’ only score had been produced by the defense.
SMU’s Stephen Sanders (Mesquite Horn) picked off a screen pass and sprinted 69 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.
“Thank goodness for our defense — they played hard all day,” West said. “I think the defenses were matched for the offenses we had, and it turned out to be a good game.”
But Oklahoma was able to take a lead and build on it through big plays in the passing game. Twice, Guthrie’s Devante McCully, a 6-6 receiver going to East Central, caught deep passes that set Oklahoma up touchdowns. After connecting with McCully for 38 yards, Elk City’s Will Davis rolled to his right on and fired a 21-yard touchdown to Lawton’s Tyrequek Zimmerman.
Oklahoma made its PAT for a 7-6 lead at intermission and added another score late in the third quarter on Zimmerman’s 39-yard touchdown on third-and-30. McCully’s 45-yard reception set up that TD.
With Texas’ offense sputtering, a 14-6 lead looked safe. It didn’t help that Clubb saw more time at quarterback because Colleyville Heritage’s Jeff Calvert was injured late in the week, giving Keller’s Tyler Park little time to learn the offense.
In the end, both defenses played well enough to win, but it was Texas that capitalized in crunch time.
“Seventeen points we gave up, and our defense was responsible for none of it,” Koons said. “Good for them. They hung around, and we couldn’t put them away.”
74th Oil Bowl Scoring Summary
TEXAS 17, OKLAHOMA 14
FIRST QUARTER: Texas — Stephen Sanders 69 interception return (PAT blocked), 4:36
SECOND QUARTER: Oklahoma — Tyrequek Zimmerman 21 pass from Will Davis (Daniel Bond kick), 3:12
THIRD QUARTER: Oklahoma — Zimmerman 39 pass from Derek Patterson (Daniel Bond kick), 2:07
FOURTH QUARTER: Texas — safety (bad snap), 6:06
Texas — Chad Hedlund 39 field goal
First downs 14 11
Rushes-Yards 28-80 27-82
Passing 200 129
Comp-Att-Int 13-28-2 16-29-0
Punts 6-31.3 6-34.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties-Yards 10-104 7-75
Oklahoma-Derek Patterson 8-57; Greg Johnson 3-21; Louis Durant 6-21; Deaquan Wojciechowski 5-14; Tyrequek Zimmerman 1-2; Will Davis 2-minus 4; TEAM 3-minus 31.
Texas-Doug Gentry 14-52; Tyler Park 5-19; Lee Clubb 7-17; TEAM 1-minus 6.
Oklahoma-Derek Patterson 9-20-2-130; Will Davis 4-8-0-70;
Texas-Tyler Park 12-21-0-93; Lee Clubb 4-8-0-36.
Oklahoma-Christian Hood 4-23; Tyrequek Zimmerman 3-66; Devante’ McCully 2-83; Tanner Jackson 2-14; Brayle Brown 1-9; Greg Johnson 1-5.
Texas-Jermaine Merdock 6-56; Lee Clubb 4-47; Doug Gentry 3-7; Greg Allen 2-18; Sam Ajala 1-1.
Texas-Stephen L. Sanders 1-69; Andre Moseley 1-0.
Oklahoma-Derek Patterson 1-1.
Texas-TEAM 1-1; Doug Gentry 1-1.