Every year there is a reason for one of the teams to seek revenge. It may be a losing streak. It may be how the star player got hurt. It may be getting back at the other team for knocking your team out of the conference and national championship race the season before. Whatever it is, it fuels the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry. The 2009 Red River Rivalry was no different.
If one thinks back to about one year ago, most will recall Texas coming back and beating Oklahoma by a final score of 45-35. Sooner fans felt cheated due to the in-game injury of middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds and how the Longhorns took advantage of the loss by hitting crossing patterns the rest of the game which led to their victory, the third in the last four years. Most will also recall the BCS battle the two teams went through down the back stretch of the season when the Sooners ended up the champions of the Big XII South due to the conference tie-breaker rules. The rules determined the highest ranked team in the final BCS rankings determines the conference champ in the event of a three-way tie. The final BCS rankings put the one-loss Sooners ahead of the one-loss Longhorns. Most national media made comments about the apparent slight to Texas but usually failed to mention Texas' loss to Texas Tech, a team Oklahoma destroyed in Norman in a nationally televised game on ABC.
Coming into 2009, the national media again jumped on the Longhorns as the Big XII South favorites over Oklahoma and had already annoited Colt McCoy as the Heisman Trophy favorite over 2008 winner Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) and 2007 winner Tim Tebow (Florida). The Sooners did McCoy no favors.
--Bradford hits Broyles (below) on a SWEET pass...
Stats of Note:
Bradford, OU: 23-33-310-3 TD-1 INT
McCoy, UT: 1-29-239-1 TD-0 INT
Murray, OU: 21-58-2.7-0 TD
Johnson, UT: 16-57-3.5-1 TD
Gresham, OU: 7-99-14.1-1 TD
Tennell, OU: 4-91-22.7-1 TD
Broyles, OU: 3-77-25.6-1 TD
Williams, UT: 4-55-13.7-1 TD
Beal, OU: 9 TKL, 3 TFL, 3 Sacks
Acho, UT: 11 TKL, 3 TFL, 2 Sacks
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