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2023 Red River Rivalry Most-Watched OU-Texas Game Since 2009

Over 92,000 people packed into the ol’ Cotton Bowl on Saturday to witness one of the best games of the 2023 season, as Dillon Gabriel and the 12th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners scored a go-ahead touchdown with 15 seconds left to put away No. 3 Texas, 34-30.

In a back-and-forth contest that had everything from a blocked punt/touchdown to a goal-line stand from the one-yard line, the 119th edition of the Red River Rivalry did not disappoint.

According to the television ratings, it didn’t disappoint on television either, with over 8.1 million people tuning in for the biggest game of Week 6.


Not only was it the most-watched game of the weekend, but it was also the most-watched OU-Texas game since their meeting in 2009.

Incredibly, the 8.1 million viewers, and a peak of 11.1 million viewers, make last Saturday’s matchup the second-most watched in series history (behind 2009).

With this being the final Red River Rivalry game in Big 12 history, the SEC will get to capitalize on those television numbers next season, but could also use it to fill their 2:30 p.m. window, which provides the best numbers historically.

Whether that will happen or not is yet to be determined, but either way, the best rivalry in college football showed out on Saturday and its final edition as part of the Big 12 will be one that’s hard to forget.

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