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Oklahoma vs. Texas score: Defense leads Sooners to victory over Longhorns in Red River Showdown

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DALLAS — It may not have been the offensive explosion that is sometimes delivered in the Red River Showdown, but No. 6 Oklahoma’s 34-27 win over No. 11 Texas on Saturday had a little bit of everything, including defense. Yes, defense.

The Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) led just 10-3 at halftime, but were able to pull away late and their much-maligned defense held the Longhorns to just 310 yards — a chunk of which came in garbage time.

Oklahoma had a far better day on the ground than Texas (4-2, 2-1) with Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts and running back Kennedy Brooks, who combined for 192 of the OU’s 232 yards on the ground. Receiver CeeDee Lamb was a game-changer with three touchdowns and 171 receiving yards. It wasn’t the cleanest effort from the OU offense — they had two red-zone turnovers — but the big plays were there in the second half.

Here’s what we learned from Saturday’s game:

Oklahoma’s defense is much-improved

Oklahoma’s defense has been a laughing stock for the past few years to the point where an entire conference bears the brunt of the joke. And, to be sure, the Sooners deserved the flak. Oklahoma managed to win 11 games and make a College Football Playoff appearance a season ago despite practically zero margin for error. Consider that margin widened this season with the addition of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. The difference in the confidence with which this defense plays is night and day compared to last season — and, by the way, this week will mark the one-year anniversary since former defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was let go.

Oklahoma allowed just 310 yards of offense against Texas. Linebacker Kenneth Murray was the player of the game, at least on defense, with five tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack.. Grinch dialed up all kinds of blitzes on third down for nine sacks. It’s not a shut-down unit or a finished product yet, but it’s good enough to win games so that the offense doesn’t have to.

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