Live updates: Late touchdown by Texas forces a tie in the Red River Showdown

by 24USATVOct. 9, 2021, 8 p.m. 18
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DALLAS — Texas and Oklahoma will meet at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday for the 117th installment of their Red River Showdown series.

Oklahoma is undefeated this season but four of their five games have been decided by seven points or less. Since a humbling loss at Arkansas, Texas (4-1) has won three straight games by a combined score of 160-62.

Texas owns a 62-49-5 lead in the all-time series but Oklahoma is 15-7 since 2000. The Longhorns and Sooners first played in 1900.

This will be Steve Sarkisian's introduction to this storied rivalry. Dating back to Darrell Royal in 1957, Texas' head coaches are 3-4 in their first games against Oklahoma. Mack Brown, John Mackovic and Fred Akers were victorious in their inaugural showdowns with the Sooners. Tom Herman, Charlie Strong, David McWilliams and Royal were all beaten the first times they met Oklahoma in Dallas.

Worthy of a great finish at the Cotton Bowl (4th, 1:23)

Casey Thompson's 31-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Worthy has helped Texas tied the game at the Cotton Bowl. With 1:23 left, both teams have put 48 points up on their sides of the scoreboard.

Worthy helped his cause with a 14-yard catch on the six-play scoring drive. The freshman now has 261 receiving yards over nine catches. That is the second-most receiving yards ever recorded by a Texas receiver. Jordan Shipley's 273 yards against Central Florida in 2009 is the school standard at Texas.

Texas up against a wall at the Cotton Bowl (4th, 4:39)

Texas failed to convert a 4th-and-11 from the Oklahoma 24 with 4:39 remaining. Casey Thompson was looking for Bijan Robinson in the end zone, but he overthrew his star running back. Two Sooners were defending Robinson on the play.

More:With hype aplenty, Texas football turns to Xavier Worthy to 'add a lot of explosion to the offense'

Texas had struggled to move the football for much of the second half, but a 48-yard catch by Xavier Worthy put the Longhorns in business. After Worthy gave UT a first down at the Oklahoma 24, UT lost a yard over two rushes and Thompson threw two incomplete passes.

Oklahoma leads 48-41. Texas, which led by as many as 21 points in the first half, has two timeouts left.

Sooners storm back to take the lead in Dallas (7:10, 4th)

A catastrophic mistake by Xavier Worthy has led to Oklahoma taking its first lead of the day. Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks' 18-yard touchdown run has put the Sooners up 48-41. There is 7:10 left in the game.

After Oklahoma tied the game at 41, Worthy elected to take the ensuing kickoff out of the Texas end zone. On his first return of the day, the freshman fumbled and Oklahoma recovered. On the next play, Brooks scored.

An acrobatic 52-yard touchdown catch by Marvin Mims and a two-point conversion by Drake Stoops has tied this game. With 7:25 left in regulation, Texas and Oklahoma both have 41 points.

Oklahoma punted on its first possession of the second half. The Sooners have scored on four straight drives since then.

The last seven Red River Showdowns have been decided by seven points or less. Last year, Texas and Oklahoma played four overtime sessions.

Here come the Sooners (4th, 11:44)

A 26-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic has pulled Oklahoma within eight points of Texas at the Cotton Bowl. With 11:44 left, Texas is nursing a 41-33 lead. Texas has led by as many as 21 points in this game.

Oklahoma missed out on an opportunity to score a touchdown at the end of its nine-play drive. But Caleb Williams sailed a third-down pass to Jadon Haselwood, who had gotten open in the back of the end zone.

Texas leads by 11 points at the end of the third quarter

A 41-30 advantage is in the Longhorns' favor as the Red River Showdown reaches its final frame. A 41-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the third quarter gave Texas its first points of the second half.

Oklahoma dodged two big bullets at the end of the third quarter. With 2:18 left, Sooner running back Kennedy Brooks ripped off a 65-yard run to the Texas 13. Brooks was run down by D'Shawn Jamison, who forced a fumble that was recovered by a Texas teammate. After a review, however, it was ruled that Brooks was down before he fumbled.

Three plays later, Caleb Williams threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Mims. Williams was unable to handle a bad snap on the play, but the freshman seamlessly picked up the loose football and found Mims in the end zone.

Gabe Brkic's leg makes it a two-score game at the Cotton Bowl (3rd, 6:22)

Both Oklahoma and Texas punted on their first post-halftime possessions on Saturday. The Sooners then used Gabe Brkic's 29-yard field goal to cut into Texas' lead. The Longhorns are now up by a score of 38-23.

The field goal was Brkic's third of the day.

At halftime on the fairgrounds, Texas holds a 35-20 lead over Oklahoma. The Longhorns got a 38-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker at the buzzer.

UT quarterback Casey Thompson has thrown for 244 yards and four touchdowns while completing 10 of his 16 passes. Bijan Robinson paced the Texas rushing attack with 102 yards on 11 carries. With 141 receiving yards, UT freshman Xavier Worthy nearly bested the 143 receiving yards compiled by the six Sooners who caught a pass.

Oklahoma seemingly benched starting quarterback Spencer Rattler near the end of the first half. Rattler, who was benched for part of last year's Red River Showdown, had two turnovers that Texas turned into two touchdown drives. Caleb Williams directed the Sooners' last drive of the first half.

This is UT's largest halftime lead in the Red River Showdown since 2005. Sixteen years ago, Texas also held an 18-point halftime lead in a game it eventually won 45-12.

Fumble shifts the momentum at the Cotton Bowl (2nd, 6:41)

After Oklahoma cut into the Texas lead with a 40-yard field goal, the Sooners were poised to make this an even closer game. But Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler fumbled while running around at the Texas 45. DeMarvion Overshown pounced on the football and Texas preserved its 28-17 lead.

Texas quickly turned that mistake into points. Bijan Robinson drove the Longhorns down to the Oklahoma 2 with a beautiful 50-yard run. That set up Casey Thompson's touchdown toss to tight end Jared Wiley.

More:It took years, but Oklahoma native Casey Thompson’s time has arrived in Red River Showdown

Thompson is now the first Texas quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a game against Oklahoma. This is the 117th meeting between Texas and Oklahoma.

After Texas scored on the first play of the first quarter, Oklahoma did the same on the second quarter's first snap. The Sooners faced a 4th-and-1 at their 34-yard-line at the end of the first quarter, and Lincoln Riley elected to keep his offense on the field following the intermission and a Texas timeout.

Oklahoma backup quarterback Caleb Williams took the snap on the 4th-and-1 play. After running up the middle, Williams broke free and was able to win a foot race to the end zone. The 66-yard touchdown pulled Oklahoma within 28-14.

Texas quickly responded to Oklahoma's first scoring drive with a three-play possession. The drive was capped by Casey Thompson's 10-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Moore. That was the first touchdown scored this season by Moore, who led Texas last year in receptions and receiving yards.

Moore returned to the end zone nearly four minutes later. His 48-yard touchdown catch gave Texas a 28-7 lead over the Sooners.

Spencer Rattlers gets Oklahoma on the scoreboard (1st, 9:14)

Oklahoma was last shutout by Texas in 1965 and that kind of history won't be repeated today. A two-yard touchdown run by Sooner quarterback Spencer Rattler has made this a 14-7 game.

The most-notable moment on the 10-play drive was a 29-yard catch by Mike Woods that gave Oklahoma a first down on a 3rd-and-10. Woods appeared to have run out of bounds before his catch. After a review, the play was upheld.

Texas took a 14-0 lead with 13:07 left in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Bijan Robinson. Over its first three snaps at the Cotton Bowl, Texas has scored twice.

UT's second scoring drive began at the Oklahoma 2 after the Longhorns recovered a punt blocked by DeMarvion Overshown. Oklahoma had been forced to punt after Overshown sacked Sooner quarterback Spencer Rattler on a 3rd-and-7 attempt.

Texas takes the ball and an early lead (1st, 14:46)

Texas won the coin toss and elected to receive the football. On the game's first snap, Casey Thompson threw a short pass to freshman Xavier Worthy. With fellow receiver Marcus Washington blocking ahead of him, Worthy broke two tackles and sprinted into the end zone with a 75-yard touchdown.

More:Watch Texas score on first play vs. Oklahoma and more Red River rivalry game highlights

This marks the third time in the last 30 years that either the Longhorns or Sooners have scored within the first minute of the Red River Showdown. Back in 2003, Oklahoma's Renaldo Works scored on a 6-yard run with 14:26 left in the first quarter. Four years earlier, Oklahoma struck 29 seconds into the game on Josh Heupel's 44-yard touchdown pass.

Texas vs. OU pregame: Catch up on our On Second Thought podcast

More:The Oklahoman and the American-Statesman answer Reddit questions on OU-Texas

On this week's On Second Thought podcast, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden were joined by former UT defensive back Rod Babers. During the four games that he played against Oklahoma from 1999-2002, Babers broke up four passes and returned an interception for a touchdown. The Sooners went 3-1 in those games.

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