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DALLAS --The final wasn't as big of a blowout as Oklahoma has posted in some Red River Rivalry games since Bob Stoops took over in 1999.

But Saturday's 63-21 Sooners whipping of Texas in front of 92,500 at the Cotton Bowl was every bit as complete a victory as any of the others.

Stoops' Sooners beat Texas 63-14 in 2000 en route to a national title, won 65-13 in 2003 and a year ago beat the Longhorns 55-17.

"It's in the same ballpark because if we left our one defense out there, I don't think the end would've been like it was," Stoops said. "It would've been like those, and those are pretty special ones. This definitely is right there with them."

Oklahoma has beaten Texas three consecutive seasons, outscoring it 126-58 during the streak.

Other than a hiccup on their first extra-point attempt, the Sooners put together a first half that rivaled any in the series' more than a century-long history.

"Just unacceptable for Texas to lose like that to Oklahoma, much less anybody, especially two years in a row," Longhorns coach Mack Brown said.

Damien Williams broke off a 95-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter that was helped by a crushing block from wide receiver Kenny Stills near midfield.

"I was just being patient and letting things happen in front of me," Williams said. "You know, you can't be patient too long, you've got to get out there sooner or later and I just picked it up.

"It was exciting to have the score the way it turned out, to have guys clicking together and making their assignments, having people doing that they are supposed to do."

Early in the second quarter, Landry Jones hit fullback Trey Millard for a 73-yard gain that set up the third of Blake Bell's four touchdowns in the first half.

During Millard's run, he leaped over Mykkele Thompson and while simultaneously delivering a stiff-arm to Adrian Phillips, taking the ball inside the Longhorns' 5-yard line.

Williams' run was the longest by the Sooners in the series' history. Millard's reception was likewise the longest pass play for OU against the Longhorns.

The Sooners finished with 677 yards of offense -- 343 rushing and 334 passing.

"It just came down to when we couldn't stop the run, things get ugly real quick," Longhorns defensive end Alex Okafor said. "It's been like that all season and we've got to find a way to stop it."

Millard, who had been given the ball sparingly early in the season, had five catches for 119 yards and added 45 rushing yards.

The Sooners were just as dominant on the other side.

Until the final five minutes, none of Texas' eight points came on offense, as the Longhorns returned a point-after for a conversion and returned an interception for a score.

Texas managed just a pair of first downs in the first half as it fell behind 36-2.

By that time, large swaths of fans on Texas' side of the evenly-split stadium had cleared out.

Both Longhorns first downs were immediately followed by interceptions.

"From play one, we just hit them in the mouth and we just kept doing it all day," Sooners defensive lineman David King said.

The Sooners held Texas to 65 yards and two first downs in the first half, and picked up a safety when Jaydan Bird and Tony Jefferson combined to bring down Joe Bergeron in the end zone.

Oklahoma had 407 yards of offense in the first half.

"Whenever you get the running game going, it always opens up the passing game," Jones said. "You get an extra safety in the box and then they have got to go single safety. It just opens up different things you can do -- easier throws, not as tight windows."

Notes: David Ash left the game early in the fourth after suffering a wrist injury. ... Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders, who was ruled eligible to play immediately for the Sooners earlier in the week, had his first reception late in the second quarter. He had two catches for 54 yards. ... Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin had an interception for the second consecutive game. ... Texas' Brandon Moore was taken off the field on a stretcher after a hit on Jones late in the third quarter. ... Williams finished with 22 carries for 167 yards. ... Jones threw for 321 yards and passed Philip Rivers for seventh on the all-time NCAA career passing yards list.
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