So, uh, what just happened there?
In stark terms, the Texas Longhorns made it to halftime with the Oklahoma Sooners leading 23-10 on the back of 303 total yards to only 108 from their hated rival.
A shocking turn of events has the Longhorns as the more physical, better-coached team on the day, something that has only rarely happened in the rivalry between Mack Brown and Bob Stoops, if ever.
Defensive tackle Chris Whaley's interception return of Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell got Texas into the end zone for the first time on the day as Bell threw the first pick of his career. It was a poor first half for the Oklahoma starter, who was surprisingly not used much in the quarterback run game, as his single carry was a sack by Jackson Jeffcoat.
The Texas defense was opportunistic on the Whaley interception and tackled well in the first half, showing some discipline in their rushing lanes on obvious passing downs and mostly stopping the Oklahoma run game with the exception of the final drive, which was keyed by a 73-yard return by Brennan Clay.
Fortunately, the Longhorns were able to respond with a drive of their own, as Anthony Fera punched home a 43-yard field goal to somewhat stem the building Sooner momentum.
Third down was particularly productive for Texas, as the Longhorns converted 9-of-12, enabled by a number of strong passes from Case McCoy, who finished 10-of-15 for 143 yards with a beautiful touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson that he dropped over his shoulder. Unfortunately, McCoy missed a wide-open Alex De La Torre on a fourth-down attempt in in the redzone and missed Kendall Sanders on a double move late in the half.
Had McCoy been able to convert the opportunities, the Longhorns would have an even more impressive lead.
The field goal to start the game gave Texas their first lead against Oklahoma since 2009 and the lead after the first quarter was the first after the opening 15 minutes since 2006.
It's a historic day already for the Longhorns. Will it continue and end in a victory? For halftime, at least, the football is good again for Texas, in a pleasantly shocking way.