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Longhorns Beat OU

Today marked the 100th edition of the Red River Rivalry, and for Longhorns fans, it has probably felt like a hundred years since they've beaten OU. But for the first time in six years, Texas finally got the job done, winning 45-12. It took twelve plays for the Longhorns to prove the past five years were indeed in the past. Vince Young marched his team 82 yards down the field, on the ground, then ultimately through the air with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ramonce Taylor. Port Arthur Memorial's Jamaal Charles then provided one of the biggest highlights of the game, bouncing off a few defenders before breaking free for an 80 yard touchdown. The late first quarter score made it 14-6 Texas, but Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that wasn't the back breaker.

"Really, the second quarter there, late in the second quarter was really the breaking point," said Stoops.

That's when Sooners linebacker Zach Latimer intercepted Young. But a pass interference call nullified the play. So instead of Oklahoma marching in for a potentially game tying score, Young marched the Longhorns to a field goal, extending their lead to 11. Young then ran a dagger through the Oklahoma crowd with a 64 yard touchdown pass to Billy Pittman with less then a minute to play in the half. Just like that, it was 24-6 Texas.

"You can't give up those big plays in these kind of games and overcome them," said Stoops.

"I just thought it sent a message that this team was going to be aggressive and play with a lot of confidence throughout the day," said Texas head coach Mack Brown.

And play with confidence they did. The Longhorns scored three more times in the second half, capped by a dramatic fumble, returned 67 yards by Rodrique Wright for a touchdown. During their 5-game losing streak to OU, the Longhorns scored a total of 54 points. Well, much to the delight of the crowd, they nearly matched that total today in ending it.

"We were able to do so much more with Vince today and he was able to make so many more plays that that was exciting," said Brown.

It was a rough day for OU East Texans. Palestine's Adrian Peterson, playing with a bad ankle, was held to just 10 yards rushing, and Gilmer's Manuel Johnson bobbled a pass that was eventually intercepted by Texas. The Longhorn's East Texans faired much better. John Tyler's Aaron Ross and Tim Crowder helped hold Oklahoma to just 12 points.

"It's very satisfying," said Crowder. "I feel like I got a monkey off my back. It just makes us more confidant. We can go out there and beat anybody."

So while the Longhorns were able to finally celebrate with their fans at the Cotton Bowl, they know it was a game they were supposed to win this year, and now can move on to Colorado, with national title hopes still intact.

Kevin Berns reporting.

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