In a week full of incredible matchups, none can capture the attention of college football fans quite like the Red River Showdown between No. 21 Texas and No. 6 Oklahoma.
This game has as many storylines as the State Fair of Texas has food vendors. Not least of those is that the loser of Saturday’s game could be on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff. Texas (4-1) would have its second loss of the season, a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for several otherwise-qualified teams to overcome through the playoff era. The same could be said of Oklahoma which, despite its perfect 5-0 record, has not looked like a top-five team all season.
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It also marks the first time first-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian will take on Oklahoma. If he manages a Red River win in his year there, he would become the first coach to achieve the feat for the Longhorns since Mack Brown led Texas to a 34-3 win over the Sooners in 1998. (Lincoln Riley did the same in his 2017 debut, beating first-year coach Tom Herman). Sarkisian’s team has looked far from unbeatable, but neither has Oklahoma. And crazy things tend to happen in rivalry games.
Also, expect plenty of talk about these teams’ defection from the Big 12 to the SEC. They are officially tabbed to join their new conference in 2025, but it’s possible their emigration could be expedited as soon as the 2022 season. Could this be the last Big 12-themed Red River Showdown in history?
Sporting News is tracking scoring updates and highlights between No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 21 Texas. Follow along live for all you need to know on the Red River Showdown:
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Texas vs. Oklahoma score
Texas vs. Oklahoma updates, highlights
All times Eastern
First quarter: Texas 14, Oklahoma 7
12:46 p.m.: Thompson has his second touchdown pass of the day, a 10-yard touchdown to a wide-open Joshua Moore. That makes it 21-7 Texas with 4:39 left in the first quarter.
12:45 p.m.: Big run there for Robinson, who takes it 15 yards down to the 10. It’s first-and-goal Texas.
12:44 p.m.: Thompson looks for the long ball but settles for an intermediate gain from Xavier Worthy with pressure in his face. That’s a 26-yard gain down to the Oklahoam 25.
12:43 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, TEXAS. Rattler throws it straight to B.J. Foster; must have been miscommunication between Rattler and tight end Austin Stogner. The Longhorns take over at their 49.
12:42 p.m.: Sooners have it at their 33.
12:40 p.m.: A lot of stuff happening on that punt return. Texas’ Josh Thompson ran over Oklahoma’s Drake Stoops, knocking him into Mims, the returner. The ball hit Thompson’s shoulder at the 33, but it’s recovered by Texas at the 16. Since no Sooner touched the ball on the return, officials should spot the ball where it first touched Texas.
12:39 p.m.: Thompson dances in the backfield but is eventually brought down for a loss of 4 yards.
12:34 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OKLAHOMA. Rattler gets Oklahoma on the board with a 2-yard rush off the run-pass option. The defender elects to cover the receiver, allowing him to dive in for the score. It’s 14-7 Texas with 9:14 in the first quarter.
12:30 p.m.: It doesn’t matter. Brooks gets enough for the first down, and Oklahoma has first-and-goal from the 2. Though it does look as if the play is under review.
12:29 p.m.: It’s third-and-3 from the 5-yard line for Oklahoma. Two-down territory?
12:28 p.m: Marvin Mims catches a 13-yard pass to give Oklahoma first-and-10 from the 12-yard line.
12:26 p.m.: Kennedy Brooks needs six Longhorns defenders to bring him down on the 16-yard run. Sooners are moving now at the Texas 30.
12:25 p.m.: Looks like the officials were only reviewing whether Woods caught the pass, not whether he stepped out of bounds. That results in a 29-yard completion on third-and-10, giving the Sooners first-and-10 at the Texas 46.
12:23 p.m.: Oklahoma finally gets a positive play down the sideline, but receiver Michael Woods III may have run out of bounds before catching the pass. The play is under review and if it’s overturned it’ll be a three-and-out.
12:14 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TEXAS. Bijan Robinson runs it in from 2 yards out to give Texas a 14-0 lead with 13:07 left in the first.
12:12 p.m.: BLOCKED PUNT, TEXAS. Things go from bad to worse for Oklahoma after Michael Turk’s punt was blocked by Overshown. The Longhorns recover at the 3-yard line, setting them up for another huge touchdown early in the first.
12:10 p.m.: Oof, nothing doing for Oklahoma on its first drive — Spencer Rattler was sacked by Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown on third-and-7, bringing up fourth-and-16. Sooners will punt.
12:08 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, TEXAS. Well, that took no time at all. Casey Thompson completed a short pass to Xavier Worthy, who did the rest for a 75-yard score. That makes it 7-0 Texas with 14:46 left in the first quarter.
Texas vs. Oklahoma start time
Date: Saturday, Oct. 9Kickoff: Noon ET
Texas vs. Oklahoma will kick off at noon ET from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
How to watch Texas vs. Oklahoma
TV channel:ABCLive stream: ESPN app, fuboTV
This Red River Showdown will air nationally on ABC.
Texas schedule 2021
at No. 23 Louisiana
Texas 38, Louisiana 18
Arkansas 40, Texas 21
Texas 58, Rice 0
vs. Texas Tech
Texas 70, Texas Tech 35
Texas 32, TCU 27
vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (Dallas)
vs. No. 12 Oklahoma State
at Iowa State
at West Virginia
vs. Kansas State
Oklahoma schedule 2021
at Tulane (Norman, Okla.)
Oklahoma 40, Tulane 35
vs. Western Carolina
Oklahoma 76, Western Carolina 0
Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 17
vs. West Virginia
Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 13
at Kansas State
Oklahoma 37, Kansas State 31
vs. No. 21 Texas (Dallas)
vs. Texas Tech
vs. Iowa State
at No. 12 Oklahoma State