DALLAS (FWAA) – The Texas Longhorns turned to their historic staples of a power running game and dominating defense to record an upset that will forever be logged in the AT&T Red River Showdown annals, shocking previously-undefeated Oklahoma 24-17 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Season-high rushing and sacks totals created the win, and earned the Longhorns the AutoNation National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 10.
Texas (2-4), which never trailed, rushed for a season-best 313 yards and had two players over the century mark with running back D’Onta Foreman (117 yards, including a career-long 81-yarder) and quarterback Jerrod Heard (115 yards). It was the first time Texas had rushing for more than 300 yards since the 2013 season opener.
Meanwhile, the Longhorns’ defense held the Oklahoma passing attack at bay with a season-high six sacks and eight tackles for loss. Texas was stout from the start up front, holding Oklahoma to just 15 total yards on 12 plays in the first quarter. The Longhorns tallied four sacks and held Oklahoma to 85 total yards in the first half. The Sooners averaged only 1.8 yards per carry in the game after coming in averaging 4.4 yards per carry on the season.
“I think what (our fans) were waiting on was just a breakout win because we hadn’t had one in so long, and to go get this one was really big,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said. “It was a big-time rival game, and our players were just so up for it. It told the players . . . the way we’re going to work today, it’s going to speak for itself. We’re going to run the football and we’re going to run it right at ’em and we’re gonna knock ’em off the ball and nothing else is going to need to be said because we’re going to control the line of scrimmage.”
Other AutoNation National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 10 included:
• Michigan (5-1): The Wolverines recorded their third consecutive shutout in a 38-0 crushing of previously-undefeated Northwestern. It was the first time since 1980 that Michigan has shut out three straight opponents. Michigan’s defense held Northwestern to 168 total yards, including only 38 rushing, and had eight tackles for loss and four sacks.
• Washington State (3-2): The Cougars’ defense came up with the game-deciding play, picking off an Oregon pass on the second overtime possession, stunning the Ducks at Autzen Stadium, 45-38. Washington State snapped an eight-game losing streak to Oregon, with Luke Falk throwing for a season-high 505 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime.
2015 AutoNation National Teams of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 5: Temple Owls
• Weekend of Sept. 12: Toledo Rockets
• Weekend of Sept. 19: Ole Miss Rebels
• Weekend of Sept. 26: Utah Utes
• Weekend of Oct. 3: Florida Gators
• Weekend of Oct. 10: Texas Longhorns