Breakdown of Texas’ 36-20 victory over Oklahoma

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First quarter

Big play: Blake Bell was lit up by Quandre Diggs as he threw and Chris Whaley picked off the pass, returning it 31 yards for a touchdown to give Texas a 10-3 lead.

Key stat: Texas took a lead into the second quarter against Oklahoma for the first time since 2006. The Sooners had outscored the Longhorns 52-15 in the first quarter over the previous six years.

Second quarter

Big play: Case McCoy completed his first six third-down passes, including a 59-yard touchdown toss to Marcus Johnson on a third-and-11 to give Texas a 17-3 lead.

Key stat: The Longhorns later added a field goal, a career-long 50-yarder by Anthony Fera, to go up 20-3. That marked the earliest Texas held that big of a lead against the Sooners since 1995.

Third quarter

Big play: With Oklahoma making it a two-score game, Texas needed a big play to keep the Sooners at bay and got it when Daje Johnson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown.

Key stat: Case McCoy hit Mike Davis for a 38-yard touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter, giving Texas a 36-13 lead. It was Davis’ only catch, but it was his 15th career touchdown reception, tying him for seventh most in school history.

Fourth quarter

Big play: Geneo Grissom jumped in front of a screen pass from Case McCoy and returned the interception 54 yards for a touchdown.

Key stat: That interception was McCoy’s first in 123 attempts this season and his first in 47 career attempts against Oklahoma. McCoy went 126 passes without being picked off — the third-longest such streak in school history.

Players of the game

UT QB Case McCoy: Senior completed 13 of 21 passes for 190 yards and two perfectly thrown touchdown passes of 59 and 38 yards. Only blemish was an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

UT RB Johnathan Gray: Sophomore had his second 100-yard game this season, running for 123 yards on 29 carries and wearing down an Oklahoma defense that had previously only allowed 113.2 rushing yards per game. Texas ran for 255 yards Saturday.

UT DT Chris Whaley: Senior had four tackles, but his biggest contribution came when he picked off Blake Bell in the first quarter and the former running back returned the interception 31 yards for a touchdown.

OU LB Dominique Alexander: Freshman made 19 tackles, one for loss, in his first career start, the most by an Oklahoma defender since Travis Lewis made 19 stops in his freshman season in 2008.

Quotable

• “[Mack Brown]’s been here 16 years and a whole bunch of people are talking about how he’s going to quit or get fired or whatever. We can’t let that happen. We had to play hard for him and keep him as our head coach.” UT RB/WR Daje Johnson

• “Nobody gave us a chance. I heard it all day. I watched SportsCenter and ESPN all weekend. They said how terrible we were. They said we didn’t have a shot. I read on Twitter every day that it was going to get ugly. When we come out and play, we can beat anybody in the country.” UT DB Quandre Diggs

• “We knew they were a very talented team and that if we weren’t at our best, they would beat us. Today, they outplayed us. We didn’t play well in any facet of the game. We’re very disappointed in the way we played. They got us today.” OU OL Gabe Ikard

— Christian Corona

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