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10/06/07-Dallas

East Texans Provide The Highlights In Texas-OU

The Red River shootout proved to be just that, a shootout. T

Texas and Oklahoma matched each other touchdown for touchdown but in the end it was Oklahoma getting the victory. This game was just as much about Texas versus Oklahoma as it was East Texas versus East Texas and tonight East shined bright in this game.

From Gilmer to Diboll, East Texas was represented well.

One of the game's brightest stars Longview's Malcolm Kelly. Malcolm had five receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown.He was on the receiving end of one of the best catches in the game. This 41 yard play.

"I was real anxious," Malcolm said. "I came out after halftime, my hamstring kind of cramped up so I really didn't know if I was going to be able to get in but coach kind of gave me that look and said we need you. I guess it kind of found a way to heal, I guess."

"It's always good when you have (Malcolm) involved in the game as you saw today he made some catches that were just unreal," Sooner Quarterback Sam Bradford said. "Anytime you have an opportunity to throw to Malcolm, your like your chances."

"You just throw the ball within 10 yards of (Malcolm) you've got a chance of completing it, right Sam?" Coach Bob Stoops asked with a laugh.

Also for OU, Gilmer's Manuel Johnson had three receptions for 25 yards.

Leading the way for both Malcolm and Manuel, another former Longview Lobo, Sooner offensive lineman Trent Williams.

"From the beginning of the season, we had a star outside of the Texas game (on the schedule). Just to come and performed well, it felt great," Trent said.

For Trent, beating rival Texas was spurred by another rival defeat.

"Longview beat Lufkin!" Trent laughed. "Yeah, I heard about that! It game me some extra motivation."

But Trent found himself in an odd position when his former Longview teammate Vondrell McGee, scored for Texas

"On the inside I was like 'dang.' But knowing it is Vondrell one of my best friends, for a longtime. I got a little happy for him. We talk darn near every night. I talked to him last night. I talked to him this morning matter of fact. We got a little trash talking, just between us."

Also big for the Longhorns, tight end Jermichael Finley of Diboll. On four reception, Jermichael scored once and had 149 yards.

"They had their linebacker manned up on me and all I had to do was beat the linebacker and I knew I could do that," Jermichael. "That's all what was and the receivers bust their butts and left me open down the middle."

"I thought Jermichael played really well in the second half too," said Texas Head Coach, Mack Brown. "He and Colt played well. I thought it was great football game."

The day belonged to the Sooners. One of OU's most famous products watched it all from the sidelines: Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson.

"I was on the field kind of reminiscing," Adrian said. "We won my freshman year. I know they are very excited right now. They worked hard. It was a fight but they pulled it out."

The former Palestine Wildcat could not be more proud of his team or his fellow East Texans.

"Like I tell everybody all the time, them country boys over in the East where the woods is at, we got some ball player over there! So it feels good to see those guys performing well."

Just as the game ended, the rain began and lightning flashed cutting short Ou's celebration. You can be sure after this year's loss to the Sooners, the Longhorns are brewing up a storm of their own for next year.

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