Big play Oklahoma takes Oil Bowl win
WICHITA FALLS - Oklahoma's defense dominated the first half but it was the Sooner State offensive balance that proved to be too much for Texas as Oklahoma notched a 30-20 victory in the 75th Annual Oil Bowl Classic.
Game MVP Brent Wilson from Ponca City made an early statement by connecting on all four of his pass attempts on Oklahoma's first possession, capping the 71-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown strike to Union's Matt Hermann.
Oklahoma took advantage of a botched punt for it's next score in the second period as Jeremy Applegate of Wagoner tackled the Texas punter. Lawton Mac's Daniel Schwarz punched in a 28-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
The Sooner State defense allowed only 61 yards and three first downs prior to intermission.
Texas took advantage of the wind backing up Oklahoma deep in its territory in the third quarter. Davis' Zac Maynard thwarted on scoring drive with an interception but a fumble at the one yardline allowed Texas an easy Jordan Barnes touchdown.
Still clinging to a 10-7 lead later in the quarter, Oklahoma went back to the air with a beautiful 47-yard connection from Wilson to Austin Bowling of Westmoore. That set up a three-yard scoring strike from Wilson to Enid's Mitchell Foote.
The Texans countered with a big play of their own on a 61-yard pass that set up a Barnes three-yard scoring burst with one second left in the third quarter.
Both offenses kicked into high gear in an eventful final frame.
Oklahoma made it a two-score edge again with 62-yard march as Foote snagged his second touchdown of the game, this time from Seminole's Garrett Clark. Texas would not fold though, hitting a 59-yard touchdown pass with just 2:13 remaining, but failed to recover the on-side kick. Anadarko's Sheldon Wilson then put the icing on the cake with a 54-yard touchdown burst.
Wilson completed seven of seven passes for 99 yards and two scores and Clark wasn't bad either, hitting five of six for 66 yards and a score.
Putnam City's Casey Curtis led all rushers with 12 totes for 80 yards. Wilson added 13 carries for 69 yards while Midwest City's James Flanders finished with 10 carries for 51 yards. Foote ended with five catches for 77 yards to pace the receiving corps.
Lawton's Patrick Diaz notched eight tackles, including a sack, while defensive MVP Matt Linscott from Jenks added seven tackles, six of which were solos.
article updated on 06/11/12 14:17