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DALLAS (AP) — Dede Westbrook had three touchdown catches longer than 40 yards while setting an Oklahoma single-game record with 232 yards receiving, and the No. 20 Sooners held on for a 45-40 victory over Texas in the Red River rivalry on Saturday.
Samaje Perine added 214 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 35 carries for the Sooners (3-2, 2-0 Big 12), who rolled up 672 total yards against Longhorn coach Charlie Strong’s beleaguered defense.
Texas (2-3, 0-2) led after two long TD passes by freshman quarterback Shane Buechele in the first 4 1/2 minutes after halftime. But Oklahoma went ahead for good when Baker Mayfield’s 4-yard TD run, right after his 51-yard completion to Dahu Green, made it 28-27.
“It’s special to me, very special,” said Mayfield, who grew up in the Austin area. “I’ve been waiting a long time to actually come away with a win against these guys.”
Mayfield was 22-of-31 passing for 390 yards and easily made up for two early interceptions with the three TDs to Westbrook .
“He’s got track-type speed, so that’s why I going to throw to him,” Mayfield said of Westbrook, who had TDs of 71, 42 and 47 yards.
After D’onta Foreman’s 22-yard TD run with 1:45 left, Texas almost got a huge break when Mayfield fumbled the ball while being sacked on third down with a minute to go. But big right tackle Bobby Evans recovered, and the Sooners then punted.
The game ended after a wild play, with the Longhorns completing several laterals and going forward at least 20 yards before eventually losing 9 — after a final declined penalty for an illegal forward pass.
Strong’s message to his defense is to make opposing teams have to drive the ball. Oklahoma had four long TD drives of no more than four plays.
“You just look at the plays we gave up,” Strong said. “You can’t give up home runs thrown over your head.”
Foreman finished with 159 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
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