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Final: Oklahoma Sooners beat Texas Longhorns 34-27 in Red River Showdown

In the endzone, Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet (2) scored on a pass play in the first quarter as Texas plays OU in the annual Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, October 14, 2017.
In the endzone, Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet (2) scored on a pass play in the first quarter as Texas plays OU in the annual Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, October 14, 2017. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

The Texas Longhorns know they’re not sniffing the College Football Playoff without beating the Oklahoma Sooners.

But the same goes for the Sooners, too. So everything is on the line when the teams meet in the Red River Showdown at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

“They were awesome,” Sooners’ coach Lincoln Riley said of his defense. “You can play good defense at Oklahoma and we damn sure did today.”

No. 11 Texas holds a 62-48 edge in the series, which includes last year’s Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The teams have tied five times.

The Longhorns (4-1) beat the No. 6 Sooners (5-0) 48-45 a year ago in the Red River Showdown. The past five meetings of the Red River rivalry have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Follow all of the action right here from the Sooners’ beat writers on the scene at the Cotton Bowl.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
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