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One hundred years of Texas-Oklahoma by the numbers.

Originally Published: October 7, 2005
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

One hundred years of Texas-Oklahoma by the numbers.

1: The one president who has conducted the pregame coin toss: Gerald Ford, in the heat of an election campaign, walked to midfield in 1976 with Darrell Royal and Barry Switzer, which must have been fun since they weren't speaking to each other. The game ended in a tie, but a month later, Ford lost. Texas and its 26 electoral votes went to Jimmy Carter. Ford won Oklahoma's eight votes.

Earl Campbell
It took Earl Campbell awhile, but the Tyler Rose finally beat OU his senior season.
2: The number of Texas Heisman Trophy winners who played in the rivalry. Bronze stiff-arm guys don't translate into wins. Earl Campbell (1974-77) and Ricky Williams (1995-98) had a combined record of 3-3-2.

3: As in third-string, which is where Texas quarterback Randy McEachern began the 1977 Oklahoma game. Injuries to Mark McBath and Jon Aune forced first-year coach Fred Akers to turn to McEachern, who knew how to hand off to senior Earl Campbell. Texas won 13-6, breaking a six-year winless streak.

4: The number of Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners who have played in the rivalry (Billy Vessels, 1952; Steve Owens 1969; Billy Sims, 1978; Jason White, 2003).

1905: The year Oklahoma won 2-0 in Oklahoma City on a disputed safety with a minute to play. Fans swarmed on the field, and the game never resumed.

6-6: The tie in 1976 will forever be remembered, not as Royal's last game as Texas coach but as the year of the spy. A man named Lonnie Williams reported on the Longhorns' practices to Oklahoma assistant Larry Lacewell. Royal offered $10,000 if either Switzer or Williams passed a polygraph test when they said they didn't. It would be years before Switzer owned up to it and apologized.

7: The number of interceptions Oklahoma made in 1978 and again in 1987, both easy wins for the Sooners.

8: Texas' longest winning streak in the rivalry (1940-47, 1958-65).

9: The number of turnovers Oklahoma has committed this season, against only seven turnovers forced. Texas, at minus-one, isn't much better.

10: The number of years left on Mack Brown's contract at Texas. Win or lose Saturday, he ain't going anywhere.

11: The consecutive years, from 1971-81, that both teams entered the Red River Shootout ranked. The higher-ranked team won seven of the 11.

12 noon: Just as the game is kicking off, the Swine Skill-A-Thon, one of seven livestock competitions scheduled for Saturday, will take place on the State Fair grounds.

13.8: points per game the Texas defense is allowing this season.

14: dollars (with shipping), the asking price this week on eBay for a 1969 Texas-Oklahoma game program.

15-15: No. 1 Texas and No. 3 Oklahoma played to a tie on a miserably wet, dark afternoon in 1984.

16: yards, the length of the fourth-and-7 touchdown pass that Peter Gardere threw to Keith Cash for a touchdown with two minutes left in 1990 to give Texas a 14-13 victory.

17: hours that Oklahoma traveled by train to Austin in 1900 for the first meeting between the teams. Texas won 28-2. It's now a six-hour drive. Dallas is smack in the middle.

18: Number of tackles that Longhorn defensive tackle Scott Appleton made in 1963, when Texas routed Oklahoma 28-7 in Bud Wilkinson's last season as the Sooners' coach.

19: Number of turnovers forced by Oklahoma over its current five-year winning streak.

No. 20: Earl Campbell, the Tyler Rose, who didn't beat Oklahoma until his senior season, 1977, also the first season for coach Fred Akers.

21: Number of tackles by Sooner linebacker Rod Shoate, then a school record, in Oklahoma's 16-13 victory over Texas in 1974, a year in which the Sooners went 11-0 and shared the national championship (NCAA probation prevented them from playing in a bowl). That was the fourth of five straight victories by Oklahoma over Texas.

1922: The last Texas-OU game played in Norman. The Longhorns won 32-7.

23: pounds that Campbell lost before his senior season, when new Texas coach Fred Akers switched the Horns from the wishbone to the I. As a 220-pound back, Campbell won the 1977 Heisman and led Texas to a 13-6 victory over Oklahoma.

24: The number of years, including 2005, that Texas has gone into the game ranked higher than Oklahoma. In those games, as you might expect, Texas has a record of 17-5-1.

25: The number of touchdowns Texas has scored in four games this season.

26: plays reviewed by Big 12 officials this season under the instant-replay rule. They have reversed 11 decisions. This is the first Red River Shootout subject to review -- other than by fans, of course.

No. 27: Texas junior free safety Michael Griffin is tied for the team lead in tackles with senior middle linebacker Aaron Harris (at 31). Griffin (6-foot, 200 pounds), who played extensively off the bench last season, has strengthened an already-strong secondary.

No. 28: Adrian Peterson, who made his debut on the national stage last year with 225 rushing yards on 32 carries in Oklahoma's 12-0 victory, ending a 281-game streak in which Texas had not been shut out dating to 1980.

1929: The year the rivalry resumed in new, 15,000-seat Fair Park Stadium. A few years later, the city of Dallas renamed it the Cotton Bowl.

30: years old when he took over at Oklahoma in 1947, Bud Wilkinson won nine of the next 11 games against Texas.

31: The number of career rushes of at least 20 yards by Texas quarterback Vince Young. He had a long gain of 23 yards in last season's 12-0 loss to the Sooners.

32: Carries by Oklahoma tailback Quentin Griffin, for 248 yards, in the Sooners' 35-24 win in 2002. Griffin's rushing total was second-most for the series in the modern era, trailing just OU's De'Mond Parker, who ran for 291 yards in a 10-7 loss in 1991.

1933: The year that Oklahoma played in shorts and knee pads and still beat Texas 9-0. The uniform change was tossed out -- and so was Texas coach Clyde Littlefield at the end of a 4-5-2 season.

34: minutes per game (actually, 33:47) that Oklahoma has averaged in time of possession during its current five-game winning streak.

No. 35: Billy Vessels scored the winning touchdown for No. 3 OU when it beat No. 4 Texas 14-13 in 1950.

36: Points scored by Oklahoma tailback Quentin Griffin in the 2000 laugher over Texas. Griffin's six rushing touchdowns, like Trey DiCarlo's 17 kicking points, remain a school record.

37: yards, the length of the field goal that Tony DiRienzo made, concluding a 10-point fourth-quarter rally as Oklahoma won its fourth consecutive game in the rivalry, 16-13, in 1974.

Who can forget Roy Williams' play?
No. 38: The number former Texas QB Chris Simms probably still sees in his sleep. Flashback to 2001, when OU's Roy Williams, wearing No. 38, leapt and flew at Simms standing in his own end zone, forcing an interception that was returned two yards for the game-clinching TD. Williams then intercepted a pass on the following series to seal the 14-3 win and became an instant legend in the series.

39: victories by Oklahoma in the rivalry, compared to 55 by Texas, with five ties. Texas is the only opponent in the Big 12 against whom the Sooners have a losing record.

40: years since Texas last shut out Oklahoma. It's been one year since the Sooners shut out the Longhorns.

1941: The first year of the Gold Hat, a trophy created for the rivalry by the State Fair.

1942: The year the Fletcher brothers introduced their corn dogs at the State Fair. This year, Fletcher's Corny Dogs expects that more than 500,000 will be sold in 24 days.

43: Victory No. 43 in Oklahoma's 47-game winning streak was a methodical 21-7 defeat of Texas, under first-year coach Darrell Royal, in 1957.

1944: Texas beat Oklahoma 20-0, one of four shutouts the Longhorn defense produced that season. No Texas team has had more shutouts in the 60 seasons since.

45-0: The peak of the Bud Wilkinson Era, 1956, coincided with the end of the Ed Price era at Texas. Sooner All-American Tommy McDonald, with 140 rushing yards, 61 receiving yards and 27 passing yards, accounted for more yardage than the Longhorns' offense. Oklahoma gave a better show at the State Fair than the previous night's musical entertainment: rising star Elvis Presley.

46.2%: Texas has held opposing offenses to three-and-outs on 18-of-39 possessions this season.

1947: According to Darrell Royal, as quoted in Long Live the Longhorns!, the last year the Cotton Bowl served Cokes in glass bottles. Referee Jack Sisco made two calls in favor of Texas, one regarding a timeout. Oklahoma fans showered the playing field with Coke bottles. The Longhorns went on to win easily, 34-14.

48: Number of points that Oklahoma "hung," as coach Barry Switzer liked to say, on Texas in 1971. The 48-27 victory proved that Texas wasn't the only team that could run the wishbone. More important, recalled Switzer in his book, "Bootlegger's Boy," "I don't remember Texas having a black player on the field that day."

1949: The year Oklahoma became Oklahoma. Bud Wilkinson's third team beat Texas 20-14. The following night, 5,000 fans in Norman paraded to the house of university president Dr. George Cross, and then to Wilkinson's house.

50: The yard line divides burnt orange from crimson, all the way to the top row of Cotton Bowl. The aisle is not patrolled by United Nations peacekeepers -- yet.

1951: The significance of Texas' 9-7 victory? The Longhorns wouldn't beat a Bud Wilkinson team again until Wilkinson's former quarterback, Darrell Royal, coached Texas to a 15-14 victory in 1958.

52: feet, the height of Big Tex, the statue that serves as the official mascot of the State Fair.

53: times, including this year, that the Texas-Oklahoma game has been televised. ABC's Keith Jackson is breaking his rule about crossing the Rockies to call it.

54: completions by Vince Young this season, in 82 attempts. His passing efficiency, 161.7, is a vast improvement over his career mark of 129.2 when the season began.

1955: After Jerry Tubbs made 27 tackles and picked off three Texas passes in the Sooners' 20-0 victory, coach Bud Wilkinson called it "the single greatest game ever played by an Oklahoma defender."

56: touchdowns scored in his career by Oklahoma's Steve Owens, the 1969 Heisman winner.

Darrell Royal and Chuck Fairbanks
AP PhotoDarrell Royal (left) andf Chuck Fairbanks shake hands after Texas defeated the Sooners, 9-7 in 1967.
1957: The last year before Darrell Royal took over the series. After OU won six straight and nine of 10, including the 21-7 win in '57, Royal and Texas won 12 of the next 13 games, including eight straight from '58-'65.

58th: in the nation in scoring offense, Oklahoma is averaging 27.0 points per game, more than a touchdown less than last year's 34.8 points per game.

59: inches high stood Rooster Andrews, a team manager pressed into service as a kicker for Texas during World War II. In 1944, the 4-11 Andrews converted an extra point by throwing a pass to freshman quarterback Bobby Layne. The Longhorns won, 20-0.

60: straight sellouts at the Cotton Bowl.

61: yard touchdown pass from Mike Cotten to Jack Collins sealed No. 4 Texas' 19-12 victory over Oklahoma in 1959.

1962: Ernie Koy's three field goals stood up for a 9-6 Longhorns' win.

63: Marcus Dupree lived up to his massive hype for a brief time as a freshman in 1982, mainly because of a 63-yard touchdown run that kick-started the Sooners to a 28-22 victory over the Longhorns.

64: yards that Oklahoma gained in the second half in 1981, when Texas came back from a 14-3 halftime deficit to win 34-14.

1965: The year Oklahoma tried to hire Royal, a former Sooner quarterback, away from Texas. Royal turned down a six-year, $192,000 offer.

66.66: The completion percentage of Sooner quarterback Steve Davis in 1973, when he stunned the Longhorns by completing 4-of-6 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in Oklahoma's 52-13 rout of Texas.

67: yards, the longest gain Texas freshman Edwin Simmons made in 1983 as Texas pummeled Oklahoma 28-16. Simmons got hurt the following week against Arkansas and would never reach the potential he flashed against the Sooners.

1968: Texas' 26-20 win over OU was the second of 30 consecutive wins that included the 1969 national championship and ran through the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1971, when the Horns lost to Notre Dame.

1969: In Texas' first nine games, only Oklahoma came within 10 points of the Longhorns. Texas' 27-17 victory, the 13th straight by the Horns, would be the closest call in their national-championship run until the legendary 15-14 victory at Arkansas on Dec. 6.

70: yards of total offense Texas managed in 1985, prompting Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer to call it "the greatest defensive performance from an Oklahoma team since I've been here." The Sooners won 14-7 on their way to a national championship. The seven points? Scored by the Longhorn defense.

71: The length in yards of each of two touchdown runs by Longhorn back Jack Crain in Oklahoma's 24-12 victory in 1939. A year later, Crain's 63-yard touchdown run led the Longhorns to a 19-16 victory, coach D.X. Bible's first win in four years.

72: The percentage of rushing plays Oklahoma has run this season, an indication of how out of whack the Sooner offense is. Last season, with a veteran offense, Oklahoma ran the ball 58 percent of the time.

No. 73: Texas senior left tackle Jonathan Scott anchors an offensive line that has allowed only five sacks, while the Horns have averaged 46 points and 510 yards per game. No wonder Scott, at 6-7, 310, made some preseason All-America teams.

74: yards that Texas drove for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in 1958 to beat Oklahoma 15-14, breaking the Sooners' six-game winning streak in the rivalry and giving Darrell Royal the first of his 12 victories against his alma mater.

1975: Barry Switzer shared a second consecutive national championship in this season. The Sooners' 24-17 victory, sealed by a 76-yard quick kick by Sooner back Joe Washington, dealt a fatal blow to Royal's last chance at a national title. He retired after the following season.

76: years since Texas and Oklahoma first played at the Cotton Bowl. You haven't heard much about the Horns' earlier games at Fair Park. There's only so much heat in the Texas-Vanderbilt rivalry.

No. 77: The best player on the field other than Vince Young is Oklahoma senior offensive tackle Davin Joseph, who must feel awfully old when he gets on the field. When the season began, he had 27 starts, which represented 21 percent of the career starts on the entire offense. Four true freshmen started for Oklahoma last week against Kansas State. Last season, only four true freshmen played.

Billy Sims
Billy Sims and Oklahoma flew high over the Horns in 1978.
1978: Injury-plagued Oklahoma junior Billy Sims burst onto the national scene, rushing for 131 yards in the Sooners' 31-10 rout of the Longhorns. Sims went on to win the '78 Heisman and finished second to USC's Charles White the following season.

1979: Fred Akers had some success against his former Arkansas teammate, Switzer. It was their alma mater that he couldn't handle. A 16-7 victory in this game bumped the Longhorns from fourth to second in the AP poll behind Alabama. A week later, the 10th-ranked Hogs beat their Southwest Conference rival 17-14 in Little Rock.

80: consecutive polls that No. 2 Texas has been ranked.

1981: Texas rose from No. 3 to No. 1 based on its 34-14 rout of No. 10 Oklahoma. The Longhorns' reign lasted one week. Unranked Arkansas embarrassed Texas 42-11.

1982: After three consecutive Texas victories over Oklahoma, 11 Longhorns were drafted in the spring of '82, including the top pick, defensive tackle Kenneth Sims, by New England. No wonder that fall, Oklahoma broke its losing streak with a 28-22 upset of the 13th-ranked Longhorns.

1983: As good as the 1977 team was, Akers' 1983 team is the one that let a national championship get away. The No. 2 Longhorns whipped the No. 8 Sooners 28-16 and remained No. 2 through an 11-0 regular season, only to lose the Cotton Bowl 10-9 to Georgia on Jan. 1. That night, No. 1 Nebraska lost 31-30 to Miami.

84: consecutive games Oklahoma has scored a touchdown, coming into Saturday.

85: dollars, the face value of a ticket for the kickoff at noon Saturday, local time.

Barry Switzer
Barry Switzer had nine wins over Texas, including a 3-0-1 mark vs. Darrell Royal.
86: Anthony Stafford ran 86 yards for a touchdown to lead the Sooners to a 28-16 victory in 1988, Barry Switzer's last game in the rivalry.

87: yards lost on 12 sacks by the Texas defense this season. Oklahoma quarterbacks have been sacked nine times.

88: yards that Sooner sophomore Adrian Peterson needs in order to move into 14th on the school career rushing list.

89: The bad news is that Texas has allowed offenses to score on 89 percent of their visits into the red zone. The good news is that in four games, the Horns' opponents have reached the Texas 20 only nine times and scored only four touchdowns on those trips.

90: Charley Wantland had a 90-yard punt return for the Sooners in 1908, when Oklahoma hung half a hundred on Texas for the first time, winning 50-0.

91: Rushing yards averaged by Vince Young (actually, 90.5) in two games against the Sooners.

No. 92: Texas senior defensive tackle Larry Dibbles, along with senior tackle Rodrique Wright, are mainstays in the Big 12's top defense (258.0 yards allowed per game).

1993: For only the second time under coach Gary Gibbs, the Sooners got to 5-0, routing unranked Texas 38-17 in the Horns' first year under coach John Mackovic. A week later, Big Eight power Colorado dusted the Sooners 27-10.

No. 94: Oklahoma senior Dusty Dvoracek has made an impressive comeback from last year's problems with alcohol. He has 19 tackles, including six for loss. He provides experience that the Sooners desperately need.

95: Bohn Hilliard's 95-yard punt return for a touchdown that led Texas to a 17-10 victory over Oklahoma in 1932.

.0009662: Going into the game, Oklahoma is third all-time in winning percentage and Texas is fourth. If the Horns win, they will move ahead of the Sooners by the above margin.

97: yards, the length of a touchdown pass from Major Applewhite to Wane McGarity in 1998, typical of the dominance the Longhorns showed in a 34-3 victory. It would be Sooners coach John Blake's last season.

98: Career receptions by Oklahoma senior Travis Wilson, including three for 34 yards last season.

99: Oklahoma's Joe Golding had a 99-yard interception return of a Bobby Layne pass in 1946. The junior's touchdown wasn't enough, though. Texas won 20-13 in D.X. Bible's final season as Longhorns coach. The margin was too close for the AP voters, who dropped the Longhorns from first to third.

100th: Red River Shootout on Saturday.

Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ivan.maisel@espn3.com.

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