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OU offense strong, but defense also stepped up on 45-24 win over Baylor Bears

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Dede Westbrook failed to nab more than 100 yards receiving for the first time in seven games, but there was no slowing down the Sooners offense otherwise in their 45-24 win over Baylor. Westbrook had four catches for 88 yards for two touchdowns.

But RB Joe Mixon came off his one-game suspension for wadding up a parking ticket ran for 124 yards and a touchdown and had five catches for 63 yards.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield passed for 300 yards for the sixth time this season

But also the Oklahoma defense stepped up.

Jordan Evans picked off two Baylor passes.  The first one was the biggest, with the Sooners leading 14-0 but Baylor threatening with third and one from the Oklahoma 2-yard-line.

But Seth Russell’s pass wound up hitting Evans in the hands.

The Sooners responded with an 11-play, 91-yard touchdown drive to go up 21-0.

Evans’ two interceptions were the most by an Oklahoma linebacker since Travis Lewis also had two against Kansas State in 2008
It was the first time this season the Sooners have forced more than two turnovers and only the third time this year Oklahoma has forced more turnovers than it gave up.

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Sooners dial up Mayfield-Westbrook connection for 38-17 win over Wildcats

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It was another Dede Westbrook/Baker Mayfield show in the Sooners’ 38-17 win over Kansas State.

Mayfield completed 25 of 31 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns.  Westbrook had nine catches for 184 yards and three scores.

This came a week after Mayfield threw for 390 yards against Texas and Westbrook set school record with 232 yards receiving.

Although the Sooners had a 14-point lead late in the fourth quarter, fans were still uneasy. Then offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley called an “enough of this already” play — dialing up an 88 yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Westbrook and the game was over. It was the longest pass play at home and fourth-longest overall in Oklahoma history — in the fourth quarter.  It was Westbrook’s eighth TD in the last three games, a new school record.

“Two talented guys,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “Of course, Baker’s just great. I’m just looking at 25 out of 31 — that’s a great day against a good defense. And then Dede’s just got that speed and polish in his route running to get open.”

Samaje Perine was injured in the first quarter and did not play afterward. But exciting RB Joe Mixon rushed for 88 yards, caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown and became the first Sooners running back since Joe Washington in 1973 to throw a touchdown pass. The 26-yarder to Westbrook in the second quarter put the Sooners ahead 21-7.

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Here we go across the Red River by the thousands once again — Beat Texas!

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In 1931 the Oklahoma governor called out the Oklahoma National Guard and declared martial law over the Red River bridge between the two states when Texas barricaded a new free bridge and forced traffic to take an older toll bridge.

The Oklahoma guardsmen took control of the south end of the bridge held by armed Texas Rangers and allowed traffic to pass without forking over any toll money.

It was Texas’ third defeat in its history. The first being to the Mexicans at the Alamo, then to the U.S. Army during the Civil War, and then to the Oklahoma National Guard.

The Oklahoma-Texas game had been played 25 times before the Red River Bridge War was declared in 1931. Oklahoma had won only eight of them and tied one. Most of the games were close.  All were well attended.  But only six of the games had been played in Oklahoma.

The Red River Bridge War really stung those Texans.  After that the Longhorns refused to cross the bridge. It was too embarrassing of a reminder that their beloved Texas Rangers had been losers yet again. And this time to a bunch of Okies.

And so, the Oklahoma-Texas game has been played in Dallas ever since. It’s the only way the Sooners could get the poor Texans to play ball with them.

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