DALLAS -- With the 107th meeting of the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners set to kick off at 11 a.m., the tailgating scene outside of Fair Park in Dallas was rocking at sunrise. The neighborhoods surrounding the Cotton Bowl featured parties in people's yards and even a few out in the street. And the parking lots were full of fans clad in Longhorns burnt orange or Sooners crimson and cream. There was very little in between.
Fans for both teams were entering the contest brimming with confidence. The Sooner fans actually had a reason to feel that way on the heels of last year's 55-17 win over the Longhorns.
One of the unique aspects of the Texas-OU game is its seating split at the 50-yard line rather than the end zones. Longhorns fans occupy the north end of the Cotton Bowl with Sooners fans packing in the south end.
As for the game itself, it was over as soon as it started. OU led 36-2 at halftime. By then, OU had 17 first downs to Texas’ two. OU had 206 rushing yards to Texas' two. The north end of the stadium was sparse as the third quarter began with Longhorns fans opting to try out some of the State Fair's fried food and adult beverages rather than return to their seats and view the inevitable beatdown.
In the end, the scoreboard read OU 63-Texas 21. In reality, the game was not even that close. Texas scored twice after Sooners coach Bob Stoops had put in his back-ups. This dismantling of Texas joins the Sooners' 65-13 in 2003 and 63-14 in 2000 victories, both seasons when the OU played for the national championship.
The fair's midway area was full of happy Oklahoma fans as they planned their trip northbound on I-35 after another victorious weekend in Dallas.