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Sooners escape with stranger than strange victory over Texas

The first half was bad. John Blake bad.

The Sooners had 29 total yards and one first down. Texas had 45 plays and 278 total yards against a defense that not so long ago we thought was fierce.

But jogging up the rampart at halftime Saturday in the Cotton Bowl, the Sooners led. That’s right. Led, 17-13. And eventually won, 31-26 in a game that goes down as one of the stranger stagings in this ancient series.

“Yeah, it was weird,” Mike Stoops said. “It’s always weird. You can throw a lot of stuff out when these two teams play.”

The Sooners led because Alex Ross returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and Zack Sanchez returned an interception 43 yards for the same.

The Sooners won because the defense figured out that Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was not Vince Young and Trevor Knight found a handful of plays that worked.

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