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10/7/06

East Texans Dominate Red River Shootout

Colt McCoy threw two perfect passes for touchdowns in the third quarter and former John Tyler standout Aaron Ross made game-changing plays in the fourth to power 7th-ranked Texas past 14th-ranked Oklahoma, 28-10. This was the Longhorns' 17th straight conference win and second win in a row against arch-rival Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout. Texas is 5-1. The Longhorns trailed 10-7 at halftime and was in a big rut after gaining a single yard in the second quarter. The defense stopped the 3-2 sooners on the opening drive of the second half, then McCoy took over.

There's just something about two historic, powerhouse programs, with passionate, bordering on psychotic fan bases, playing at a neutral site, that turns the Texas-OU game into more than just your run of the mill rivalry.

I know Longview's Marva Kelly was excited. She got to watch her son Malcolm play against the Longhorns.

"It's a real good feeling," Marva said, "especially because Malcolm wanted to go to Texas first of all, but he said himself, you know it's just a great feeling to be able to come back on this side of the river and be able to play and prove something."

With the departure of Texas quarterback Vince Young to the NFL, a lot of things were in question in this game, but one thing we knew for certain. An East Texan would have a say in the outcome.

Longview's Malcolm Kelly kept drives alive with a couple of big catches. Gilmer's Manuel Johnson had one of his best games as a young Sooner with four catches for 55 yards. And the most famous East Texas Sooner of them all, Palestine's Adrian Peterson, ran for 109 yards, and scored a touchdown against the Longhorns for the first time in his career.

But, it was the UT East Texans who were the difference makers. John Tyler's Tim Crowder harrassed OU quarterback Paul Thompson all day. And his former JT teammate, Aaron Ross, was a one-man highlight reel... With bone-crushing hits... A fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown...and two, late interceptions that sealed the Longhorns second straight win in the 101 year-old series.

"It's a great rivalry," Ross said after the game, "so anytime we can get a victory against those guys, that means a lot, especially for me being this is my last go around with these guys."

"They're our arch-rivals," added Crowder, "and I know exactly how it feels to be on the other end of that stick, so it's a great feeling."

Not so great for Peterson and the East Texas Sooners.

"It's very frustrating," Peterson said.  "Nobody comes in expecting to lose.  Nobody wants to lose, so that's frustrating off the top."

"They've got to wait," Crowder said about the East Texas Sooners with a sly smile on his face.  "But you never know, the series always swings, but you know, we went out on top and that's all that matters right now. "

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