Longhorns Take Advantage Of OU QB Bell
"The Belldozer" broke down Saturday in a 36-20 loss to Texas as the Big 12 merry-go-round continued.
The Longhorns, perhaps playing to save the job of long-time coach Mack Brown, intercepted Bell twice and held him to 133 passing yards and a completion rate of less than 50 percent. The Sooners, big favorites, fell behind 20-3 in the second quarter and never got closer than 10 points.
Texas sacked Bell four times and the strong runner finished with minus-27 rushing yards. The quarterback ran for four TDs last season in a 63-21 win for OU.
Chris Waley returned one of the interceptions 31 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, breaking a 3-3 tie.
Texas (4-2, 3-0) never trailed and suddenly is in good position to stay at the top of the Big 12 standings through at least mid-November. The Longhorns must go to a feisty TCU team next week before facing Kansas and West Virginia.
Texas Tech and Baylor, the only other unbeatens in Big 12 play, represent Texas' final two regular-season games.
Brown won his 154th game as head coach at Texas in 16 seasons, which includes a national championship and a BCS championship loss to Alabama. Texas has fallen short of expectations in recent seasons, and some speculated Brown wouldn't last past this year with a third consecutive loss to the Sooners in the Red River Rivalry.
Oklahoma still must face Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State. A loss in one of those games may prevent the Sooners from winning a conference title.
David Ash (concussion symptoms) did not play. Colt McCoy started at quarterback for Texas and threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns.