McCoy’s big plays lead to Longhorns’ dominating win

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This was nothing new for Case McCoy.

Before this weekend, McCoy’s most memorable performance came in a 27-25 triumph over Texas A&M at Kyle Field two years ago. The comeback win was a thrilling way to end the storied rivalry, but McCoy may have topped that moment Saturday.

This time, facing a previously undefeated Oklahoma squad, Texas spent most of the day with a lopsided lead, thanks in large part to McCoy’s efforts. In his final game against Oklahoma, McCoy completed 13 of 21 passes for 190 yards and a pair of perfectly thrown touchdown passes in a 36-20 victory over the Sooners.

“We came here to play against OU. We came here to play against A&M. They took one away from us, so we can only win one,” McCoy said. “I haven’t played well, and we haven’t played as well here over the years. But this will be well-known for a long time.”

McCoy’s first touchdown was a 59-yard toss to Marcus Johnson, a beautifully placed ball on third-and-11 that Johnson settled under before speeding away from Oklahoma defensive back Kass Everett into the end zone.

“You hear different things walking around campus, not a lot of people have a world of confidence in him, but this team does,” senior guard Mason Walters said of McCoy. “In big games, great players play well. We all rallied around Case, and he did well leading us out there.”

The second touchdown was just as impressive as the first. With the Sooners threatening to close the gap, McCoy lofted a pass over Mike Davis’ shoulder for another touchdown, this time a 38-yard scoring strike to give the Longhorns a 36-13 lead.

“Case is just clutch,” Davis said. “He was ready when his time was up. He came in and took the role from Ash. He’s leading us down a good road.”

McCoy dubbed the Red River Rivalry a “legacy” game Monday, one that shapes how players from both Texas and Oklahoma are remembered. After the way he played Saturday, Longhorns fans should have extremely fond memories of McCoy.

Johnson turns tide

For the first time since Texas’ season opener, Daje Johnson made it through an entire game 100 percent healthy.

Like that season-opening win over New Mexico State, Johnson shifted the momentum of the game in a hurry. After Oklahoma had trimmed Texas’ lead to 23-13 in the third quarter, Johnson fielded a punt deep in his own territory. Eighty-five yards later, he was in the end zone and the Longhorns held a convincing lead once again.

“I was very eager after my injury,” Johnson said. “I wanted to come back and show people what I could do, because against New Mexico State, I scored two touchdowns, but that’s New Mexico State. I wanted to prove myself against a big team and I got that chance, took the opportunity and ran with it.”

Johnson replaced Jaxon Shipley as the Longhorns’ punt returner this week and the move paid off. He slipped past a couple Sooners defenders almost immediately after catching the punt. It was the closest Johnson’s jersey came to being touched on the play.

Rivalry first

Mack Brown couldn’t remember the last time Texas ran the ball this well against Oklahoma — maybe because the Longhorns had never had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the Red River Rivalry before Saturday.

That changed when Johanthan Gray ran for 123 yards on 29 carries and Malcolm Brown added 120 yards on 23 carries. They helped the Longhorns outrush Oklahoma 255-130 in Saturday’s 36-20 win.

“That’s the one thing we knew we had to do. The past two years we just got absolutely blown out in the run game,” Walters said. “That’s a big reason why we were able to win today.”

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