Texas troubled by fourth straight loss to Sooners

Updated: October 12, 2003, 4:40 PM ET

DALLAS -- The Texas Longhorns thought it could never get worse than 63-14. Well, it did.

The Oklahoma Sooners handed Texas another blowout loss Saturday, this time to the tune of 65-13.

While the final score was only slightly different, this one had to feel even worse than that day of infamy three years ago.

This one meant the senior class of Longhorns, including standout wide receiver Roy Williams, would finish their careers without ever winning the Red River Shootout.

And it meant more attacks on coach MackBrown, whose reputation as a coach who can't win a big game has suffered more from the matchups with Bob Stoops than any other, would continue to take a beating.

"They whupped us," Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "They whupped us."


Three years ago, an underrated Sooners squad caught used a blowout against Texas as a springboard to the national title.

This time, Oklahoma (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) came in ranked No. 1 and so thoroughly dominated the helpless Longhorns (4-2, 1-1) that it was clear the Sooners were the more talented and better coached team.

In 2000,Brown apologized to anyone in burnt orange for the Dallas debacle. He did the same Saturday, saying it was his fault the Sooners rolled up 552 yards, caused six turnovers and seemed to call the right offensive play on every down.

"Our guys tried,"Brown said. "But we just didn't play very well. Our team wouldn't have played so poorly as they did today if I had done my job."

Brown said he can't worry about the critics who will pick apart the Longhorns this week.

"My job is to win every possible game," saidBrown. "I don't worry about what other people think. But I'm disappointed in the way I coached today. ... It's disappointing for our fans, because they've got a tremendous amount of pride, and I feel like I personally let them down."

If there was a bright spot, it was the flashes of brilliance from freshman quarterback Vince Young, who proved right Stoops' warnings that he could cause problems for the Sooners defense.

Young didn't start but played most of the game and had 262 total yards and two dazzling runs: one covered 59 yards, the other 27 yards for a touchdown.

But Young also had three turnovers, including an interception that led directly to a Sooners touchdown, and a fumble that killed a Texas drive at the 2.

"We let him get loose," Sooners defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek said. "He is an excellent player."

The rest of the Longhorns showed little of the same mettle.

The offense managed just 65 yards when Young wasn't passing or running himself. The defense, which gave up 38 points in a loss to Arkansas in September, was all but run off the field again as the Sooners averaged 7.8 yards per play.

"They did a great job, and we got whipped," defensive coordinator Carl Reese said. "That happens in this business. I don't think it was as much as what we were doing as we got licked."

Even kicker Dusty Mangum had a streak of 121 consecutive extra-points made broken when he clanked one of the left goal post in the second quarter.

While Texas hasn't been able to beat Oklahoma since 1999, the Longhorns have shown remarkable resiliency in bouncing back from tough losses.

Texas has won the game after an Oklahoma loss the last three years and even got to the Big 12 title game in 2001 when the Sooners stumbled late in the season.

Williams said the Horns will try to focus on what good might happen if Texas can win the rest of its games.

"It's always hard to lose big games," Williams said. "We just need to stay strong."

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