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Red River Showdown
Red River Showdown logo.svg
SportFootball
First meetingOctober 10, 1900
Texas 28, Oklahoma 2
Latest meetingOctober 9, 2021
Oklahoma 55, Texas 48
Next meetingOctober 8, 2022
StadiumsCotton Bowl (Dallas)
TrophyGolden Hat
Statistics
Meetings total117
All-time seriesTexas leads, 62–50–5 (.551)[1]
Largest victoryOklahoma, 65–13 (2003)
Longest win streakTexas, 8
(1940–1947, 1958–1965)
Current win streakOklahoma, 4 (2018–present)
Cotton Bowl packed in 2010
for Red River Rivalry game

The Oklahoma–Texas football rivalry is a college football rivalry game between border rivals Oklahoma and Texas. The two teams first played each other in 1900, and the rivalry has been renewed annually and uninterrupted since 1929 for a total of 117 games as of 2021. The rivalry is commonly referred to as the Red River Shootout, or alternatively the Red River Rivalry, or the Red River Showdown.[2][3]

The game has been played on the second Saturday in October since 1934 (with the exception of 2018). Since 1932, the game's site has been the Cotton Bowl inside Fair Park in Dallas. The winner of the regular-season matchup receives the Golden Hat, which is a gold ten-gallon hat, formerly of bronze. The trophy is kept by the winning school's athletic department until the next year.[4]

Series history[edit]

The first game in the series was played in 1900, when Oklahoma was still a territory.[5] The game was formerly called the Red River Shootout.[6] For the 100th game in 2005, sponsored by SBC Communications, the game was officially renamed the SBC Red River Rivalry, with the word "Rivalry" replacing "Shootout" out of a desire not to convey an attitude of condoning gun violence. The following year, with SBC's merger with AT&T Corporation, the game was renamed the AT&T Red River Rivalry. In 2014, it became the AT&T Red River Showdown. The term Red River Shootout or Red River Showdown is also applied to meetings between the two schools in sports other than football. During a Q&A session with DeLoss Dodds (the Athletic Director of UT) during the Big 12 restructuring and chaos that ensued thereafter, Dodds stated in an interview, "That game – the rivalry game for us has always been Oklahoma. The A&M game's been a great game and all of that. And we may play 'em. But it's not something that we have to do. I think the Oklahoma game is something we have to do."

Since 1936, the first year of the AP Poll, at least one of the teams has come into the game ranked 70 times, including every one of the last 19 meetings. Texas leads the overall series 62–50–5 (.551), |url=http://www.chron.com/sports/college-football/article/UT-OU-ready-to-rumble-2045572.php |title=UT, OU ready to rumble – Houston Chronicle |publisher=Chron.com |date=October 6, 2001 |access-date=October 9, 2013}}</ref>

Sooner running back Quentin Griffin scored six touchdowns, tying the all-time NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns in a game. Oklahoma went on to an undefeated season, and won the 2000 National Championship.

The 2001 game, which ended Oklahoma 14–Texas 3, was a classic defensive struggle that was notable for a play made late in the 4th quarter.

Both the Sooners' and the Longhorns' defenses were outstanding, holding their counterparts to less than 100 yards rushing for the entire game. When either offense could muster any momentum, they were often let down by their kicker-OU's Tim Duncan missed two field goals and UT's Dusty Mangum had one blocked.

OU led 7–3 at the half on a Quentin Griffin 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter. That score held until late in the fourth quarter.

The Sooners got the ball with just over eight minutes to play on their own 20-yard line, and put together a 12-play, 53-yard drive that took them all the way to the Texas 27-yard line. Facing a 4th & 16, OU sent out Tim Duncan for what appeared to be a 44-yard FG attempt. Instead, Duncan sent a pooch punt deep into the Texas zone, which caught UT's Nathan Vasher off guard. Confused, Vasher caught the ball at his own 3-yard line and was immediately downed.

Down 7–3, Texas had 2:06 to drive 97 yards on the stiff Sooner defense. On first down, Texas quarterback Chris Simms' pass was deflected by OU safety Roy Williams, who had blitzed and literally leapt over the blocker, Brett Robin, to collide with Simms at the moment he released the ball. The ball landed right in Oklahoma linebacker Teddy Lehman's hands, who walked into the endzone for a touchdown. The play happened so fast, many fans did not know exactly what had happened. The play by Roy Williams is often called "The Superman Play"[7] because of the way that Williams resembled Superman flying through the air with his arms stretched out at Chris Simms when he hit him. Duncan's extra point sealed the 14–3 OU victory.

2005–2009[edit]

2005 Robison Pressures Bomar

The 2005 game, which ended Texas 45–Oklahoma 12, was the 100th meeting in the series and a special logo was created to commemorate the event. The game logo included both team logos, the logo of the sponsor for that game, SBC communications, the number 100, a football, and a star. Prior to the game, the Longhorns were ranked 2nd by the Associated Press, and the Sooners were unranked for the first time since 1999, which was also Texas's last victory over OU.

By breaking the string of five consecutive losses to Oklahoma, Longhorn coach Mack Brown preserved the Longhorns's National Championship hopes. With the win, Texas tied its largest margin of victory in the series. Freshman running back Jamaal Charles set a record for rushing yards by a Texas freshman in the series. With his 80-yard scamper, Charles also had the longest touchdown from scrimmage by a Texas running back in the series.

The game also featured one of the most violent hits in the series history, when Texas DE, Brian Robison, blindsided Oklahoma quarterback, Rhett Bomar, in the 4th quarter, causing a fumble and ensuing touchdown by Longhorn tackle, Rodrique Wright.

As had occurred the two seasons prior, the road to the National Championship game went through Dallas. Oklahoma left the game with a 1–1 conference record and a 2–3 record overall, finishing with a 6–2 conference and 8–4 overall record, including a victory in the Holiday Bowl. The Longhorns improved to 5–0 overall, 2–0 in the Big 12 on their way to an 8–0 conference, 13–0 overall record, including a victory in the Rose Bowl and the 2005 football National Championship.

2007 Red River Rivalry

The 2007 match-up between Oklahoma and Texas was predicted to be the No. 3 game to watch in 2007 by SI.com's "Top 20 Games To Watch In 2007" list,[8] and it did not disappoint.[dubious ] The game was close from start to finish as the Sooners struck first with a quick touchdown pass to TE Jermaine Gresham. QB Colt McCoy's passing attack responded quickly to tie the game for the 'Horns, then again to take a lead, particularly off the efforts of TE Jermichael Finley. The Sooners were able to tie the score going into the half off of another Sam Bradford-to-Jermaine Gresham connection. The Longhorns were able to get into the red zone at the beginning of the second half, but a costly fumble by RB Jamaal Charles at the 5-yard line cut short the momentum. A few series later, RB DeMarco Murray ripped off a 65-yard TD run to give the Sooners a 21–14 lead. The 'Horns did not take this lying down, as they were able to score soon thereafter. The Oklahoma passing attack scored the final touchdown of the game with about ten minutes left to play, on a 35-yard touchdown pass to WR Malcolm Kelly from Bradford. The 'Horns threatened twice in the final waning minutes, as it took a CB Reggie Smith interception and defensive play against star WR Limas Sweed to secure the win for Oklahoma.

The 2008 Meeting of the Red River Rivalry ended Texas 45, Oklahoma 35. Oklahoma ranked No. 1 in the nation and Texas was ranked No. 5. Both were 5–0 coming into the game. In the first quarter, Bradford completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Manuel Johnson. The Sooners led 7–0. With 6:41 left in the first quarter, Texas answered with a Hunter Lawrence 26-yard field goal. OU scored 2 touchdowns in the second quarter and Texas scored two touchdowns and a field goal including a 96-yard kickoff return by Jordan Shipley. The score at the half was 21–20 OU.

Texas ended up winning this 103rd meeting, 45–35. At the time, it was the highest scoring event in the history of rivalry (the 2021 game now holds that record, with Oklahoma beating Texas, 55-48), and it was seen by the most fans, a record 92,182.[9]

Recent games[edit]

The 2012 Red River Rivalry

In 2009, Texas won a low scoring game, 16–13. Texas scored only one touchdown and three field goals, while OU scored one touchdown and two field goals. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford had injured his shoulder earlier in the year when playing the BYU Cougars, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Despite this injury, Bradford started in the 2009 Red River Rivalry confident that his shoulder was healed. However, early in the first quarter a sack by Aaron Williams re-aggravated his injury and forced him out of the game, ending his season and making the Texas game his final college game. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy threw for 127 yards, while the team combined for 142 rushing yards. OU's replacement quarterback, Landry Jones, replaced Bradford and threw for 250 yards of passing with 2 interceptions. The most notable statistic of the game was that the Sooners were held to minus 16 yards of rushing by the Longhorn defense.

In 2012, the 107th meeting of the Longhorns and Sooners, Oklahoma routed Texas 63 – 21. It appeared that the game would have a very different feel than the 2011 meeting after OU scored its first touchdown and Quandre Diggs of Texas recovered a blocked PAT and ran the distance of the field to score a 2-point conversion. This game had moments that will add to the history of this rivalry. Damien Williams broke free for a 95-yard touchdown run for the longest rush in Red River Rivalry history.[10] Trey Millard had a 73-yard reception, the longest pass play by an OU player in Red River Rivalry history, surpassing Buddy Leake's 65-yarder in 1953. The Sooners dominated the Longhorns in every phase (offense, defense, and special teams) of this game, and Oklahoma ended up with a 677–289 advantage in total yardage and it is third 60+ point Red River scoring effort in Bob Stoops' tenure.

In 2013, Texas came onto the field in Dallas with head coach Mack Brown on the hot seat. Former Longhorn great Earl Campbell had publicly stated two weeks earlier that Mack Brown was "too old" to continue coaching.[11] Brown's players rallied behind their beleaguered coach, however, and Texas won the Red River Rivalry game for the first time since 2009. Texas walked in as major underdogs, in part due to a 1–2 start with an upset loss at BYU and a mauling by No. 25 Ole Miss. The game was notable in part because a defensive lineman from each team scored a touchdown on an interception return. In addition, Colt McCoy's brother Case lead the Longhorns to victory, becoming the first quarterback to lead the team to victory since his brother accomplished this feat in 2009.

In 2014, the game was played following both teams' losses the prior weekend. Oklahoma had fallen to No. 11 in the rankings following its loss to No. 25 TCU, with a 4–1 record (1–1 Big 12), whereas Texas had fallen to a 2–3 record after losing to No. 7 Baylor, (also 1–1 Big 12). Oklahoma's offense had been explosive all five games prior, and its defense had been equally solid. With this being said, Texas' defense was able to prevent an Oklahoma offensive touchdown for the entire first half, and held the Sooners to under 30 total first-half yards, while the Texas Offense managed to gain over 240 yards. In each game of the 2014 season, every team that had led the opposition by more than 200 yards gained was 57–0. However, another perfect record had been on the line, as Oklahoma's first kick return was returned for a touchdown, and on Texas' first second-quarter possession, Oklahoma's defense forced an interception that was returned for a touchdown, and in every Oklahoma game where that occurred, Oklahoma won (8–0). Oklahoma was able to widen the halftime scoreline of 17–13 to 31–13 after a pair of offensive touchdowns, but Texas was able to score two late touchdowns of their own, but failed the second two-point conversion. Oklahoma was then able to take several minutes off the clock, and Texas was unable to score on its final possession, ending the game 31–26 in favor of Oklahoma.

In 2015, Oklahoma walked into Dallas No. 10 in the country with a high-octane Air Raid offense while Texas was 1-4 after a string of painful losses due to special teams (Cal 45–44, missed PAT, Oklahoma State, 30–27 mishandled snap on punt setting up FG) and blowout losses (Notre Dame, 38–3, TCU, 50–7) with Charlie Strong's job already being in question in his second year. The Longhorns' running game pumped out 313 yards, which featured D'Onta Foreman breaking free for an 81-yard rush to set up a TD to put Texas in command 24–10 while the young Texas defense held OU to 67 yards rushing, and sacking OU quarterback Baker Mayfield multiple times as Texas stunned Oklahoma 24–17, giving Strong his first signature win.

In 2018, Texas came into Dallas ranked No. 19 facing the undefeated No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners, the first time both teams were ranked since 2012. Heisman hopeful Kyler Murray got Oklahoma out to a fast start scoring on a 6-play, 65-yard drive that took only 2:40. On the ensuing possession, Texas, led by sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger, answered back with a 5-play 75-yard drive, in what was to be a common theme in the highest scoring game in series history. Texas appeared destined to regain the Golden Hat after taking a commanding 45-24 lead with just under a minute left in the third quarter but three unanswered touchdowns, including a 67-yard run by Kyler Murray that took only 11 seconds, tied the game at 45-45 with just 2:38 left to play. After driving the ball to the Oklahoma 23-yard line, Texas's Freshman kicker, Cameron Dicker, coolly kicked in a 40-yard game-winning field goal with 14 seconds left to play. Sam Ehlinger set the Texas Red River Showdown record for total offense with 394 yards.

On December 1, the two faced off again in AT&T Stadium in Arlington to determine the Big 12 Conference Championship. It was the third time in history when they played again in the same season (1901 and 1903).[12] No. 5 Oklahoma overcame a strong start by No. 14 Texas to win their fourth straight Big 12 title.

On October 12, 2019, the sixth-ranked Sooners defeated the 11th-ranked Longhorns 34–27, getting 366 yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Jalen Hurts, a graduate transfer from Alabama. Though Oklahoma's lead was never larger than 14, Texas was playing from behind for almost the entire game, catching up midway through the third quarter before a 51-yard Hurts touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb that put the Sooners in front for good.

The October 10, 2020 meeting saw unranked Oklahoma outlasting No. 22 Texas 53–45 in four overtimes, in the third highest-scoring game in the history of the Red River Showdown.[13]

The latest meeting from October 9, 2021 saw the sixth-ranked Sooners rallying from a 21-point first quarter deficit to edge the 21st-ranked Longhorns 55–48 in the highest-scoring game in the rivalry.

Venue[edit]

2006 Red River Rivalry with yellow arrow indicating the seating division in the stands

The Oklahoma–Texas game has been played in six locations. They have played in Norman and Oklahoma City in Oklahoma; Arlington, Austin, Dallas and Houston in Texas. The series began in 1900 and has been played in Dallas since 1912, except for 1913 (Houston), 1922 (Norman), and 1923 (Austin). Dallas was chosen as a "neutral" site since it is situated approximately halfway between Austin, Texas and Norman, Oklahoma – the locations of Texas and Oklahoma, respectively.[14][15]

Since 1932 the game has been held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, during the State Fair of Texas. The designated "home" team alternates from year to year: Oklahoma in even-numbered years and Texas in odd-numbered years. Ticket sales for the game are split 50–50 between the two schools, with the stadium divided along the 50-yard line. Historically, the Oklahoma fans have occupied the south end zone, which contains the tunnel where both teams enter and exit the field.[16][17] Beginning in 2007, the teams have option to alternate North and South ends of the field, thereby giving the home team fans the seats adjacent to the tunnel leading to both teams' locker rooms.[18] However, Texas has declined to exercise its option to move to the south end each year in which they have been the designated home team. However, former Texas coach Charlie Strong said he would favor Texas fans being in the south end zone during their home games.[19]

On June 10, 2014, Dallas officials announced that the football game between Oklahoma and Texas would be held at Fair Park through 2025.[20]

Notable games[edit]

2018[edit]

Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma 39 – Texas 27

In their 2018 regular season matchup, No. 19 Texas beat No. 7 Oklahoma, 48–45 at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park, on October 6.[21] Later, during the 2018 postseason, the two met in the Big 12 Championship Game after Oklahoma finished first, followed by Texas in the Big 12 standings, which was the first time since 1923 that the two teams played in a location other than Dallas. Oklahoma was victorious by a score of 39–27, winning their fourth consecutive and twelfth overall Big 12 Conference championship.[22]

Game results[edit]

Rankings from AP Poll (and CFP Rankings, for 2018 Big 12 Championship Game) - Released prior to game.[23]

Oklahoma victoriesTexas victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
1 October 10, 1900 Austin Texas 28 Oklahoma 2
2 October 19, 1901 Austin Texas 12 Oklahoma 6
3 November 25, 1901 Norman Texas 11 Oklahoma 0
4 October 8, 1902 Austin Texas 22 Oklahoma 6
5 October 17, 1903 Austin Tie6Tie6
6 November 13, 1903 Oklahoma City Texas 11 Oklahoma 5
7 November 13, 1904 Austin Texas 40 Oklahoma 10
8 November 3, 1905 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 2 Texas 0
9 November 2, 1906 Oklahoma City Texas 10 Oklahoma 9
10 November 15, 1907 Austin Texas 29 Oklahoma 10
11 November 13, 1908 Norman Oklahoma 50 Texas 0
12 November 19, 1909 Austin Texas 30 Oklahoma 0
13 November 24, 1910 Austin Oklahoma 3 Texas 0
14 November 25, 1911 Austin Oklahoma 6 Texas 3
15 October 19, 1912 Dallas Oklahoma 21 Texas 6
16 November 10, 1913 Houston Texas 14 Oklahoma 6
17 October 24, 1914 Dallas Texas 32 Oklahoma 7
18 October 23, 1915 Dallas Oklahoma 14 Texas 13
19 October 21, 1916 Dallas Texas 21 Oklahoma 7
20 October 20, 1917 Dallas Oklahoma 14 Texas 0
21 October 18, 1919 Dallas Oklahoma 12 Texas 7
22 November 18, 1922 Norman Texas 32 Oklahoma 7
23 November 17, 1923 Austin Texas 26 Oklahoma 14
24 October 19, 1929 Dallas Texas 21 Oklahoma 0
25 October 18, 1930 Dallas Texas 17 Oklahoma 7
26 October 17, 1931 Dallas Texas 3 Oklahoma 0
27 October 15, 1932 Dallas Texas 17 Oklahoma 10
28 October 14, 1933 Dallas Oklahoma 9 Texas 0
29 October 13, 1934 Dallas Texas 19 Oklahoma 0
30 October 12, 1935 Dallas Texas 12 Oklahoma 7
31 October 10, 1936 Dallas Texas 6 Oklahoma 0
32 October 9, 1937 Dallas Tie7Tie7
33 October 8, 1938 Dallas No. 14 Oklahoma 13 Texas 0
34 October 14, 1939 Dallas No. 3 Oklahoma 24 Texas 12
35 October 12, 1940 Dallas Texas 19 Oklahoma 16
36 October 11, 1941 Dallas Texas 40 Oklahoma 7
37 October 10, 1942 Dallas Texas 7 Oklahoma 0
38 October 9, 1943 Dallas Texas 13 Oklahoma 7
39 October 14, 1944 Dallas Texas 20 Oklahoma 0
40 October 13, 1945 Dallas No. 10 Texas 12 Oklahoma 7
41 October 12, 1946 Dallas No. 1 Texas 20 Oklahoma 13
42 October 11, 1947 Dallas No. 3 Texas 34 No. 15 Oklahoma 14
43 October 9, 1948 Dallas No. 16 Oklahoma 20 Texas 14
44 October 8, 1949 Dallas No. 3 Oklahoma 20 No. 12 Texas 14
45 October 14, 1950 Dallas No. 3 Oklahoma 14 No. 4 Texas 13
46 October 13, 1951 Dallas No. 6 Texas 9 No. 11 Oklahoma 7
47 October 11, 1952 Dallas No. 12 Oklahoma 49 Texas 20
48 October 10, 1953 Dallas No. 16 Oklahoma 19 No. 15 Texas 14
49 October 9, 1954 Dallas No. 1 Oklahoma 14 No. 15 Texas 7
50 October 8, 1955 Dallas No. 3 Oklahoma 20 Texas 0
51 October 13, 1956 Dallas No. 1 Oklahoma 45 Texas 0
52 October 12, 1957 Dallas No. 1 Oklahoma 21 Texas 7
53 October 11, 1958 Dallas No. 16 Texas 15 No. 2 Oklahoma 14
54 October 10, 1959 Dallas No. 4 Texas 19 No. 13 Oklahoma 12
55 October 8, 1960 Dallas No. 15 Texas 24 Oklahoma 0
56 October 14, 1961 Dallas No. 4 Texas 28 Oklahoma 7
57 October 13, 1962 Dallas No. 2 Texas 9 Oklahoma 6
58 October 12, 1963 Dallas No. 2 Texas 28 No. 1 Oklahoma 7
59 October 10, 1964 Dallas No. 1 Texas 28 Oklahoma 7
60 October 9, 1965 Dallas No. 1 Texas 19 Oklahoma 0
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
61 October 8, 1966 Dallas Oklahoma 18 Texas 9
62 October 14, 1967 Dallas Texas 9 Oklahoma 7
63 October 12, 1968 Dallas Texas 26 Oklahoma 20
64 October 11, 1969 Dallas No. 2 Texas 27 No. 8 Oklahoma 17
65 October 10, 1970 Dallas No. 2 Texas 41 Oklahoma 9
66 October 9, 1971 Dallas No. 4 Oklahoma 48 No. 3 Texas 27
67 October 14, 1972 Dallas No. 2 Oklahoma 27 No. 10 Texas 0
68 October 13, 1973 Dallas No. 6 Oklahoma 52 No. 13 Texas 13
69 October 12, 1974 Dallas No. 2 Oklahoma 16 No. 17 Texas 13
70 October 11, 1975 Dallas No. 2 Oklahoma 24 No. 5 Texas 17
71 October 9, 1976 Dallas Tie6Tie6
72 October 8, 1977 Dallas No. 5 Texas 13 No. 2 Oklahoma 6
73 October 7, 1978 Dallas No. 1 Oklahoma 31 No. 6 Texas 10
74 October 13, 1979 Dallas No. 4 Texas 16 No. 3 Oklahoma 7
75 October 11, 1980 Dallas No. 3 Texas 20 No. 12 Oklahoma 13
76 October 10, 1981 Dallas No. 3 Texas 34 No. 10 Oklahoma 14
77 October 9, 1982 Dallas Oklahoma 28 No. 13 Texas 22
78 October 8, 1983 Dallas No. 2 Texas 28 No. 8 Oklahoma 16
79 October 13, 1984 Dallas Tie15Tie15
80 October 12, 1985 Dallas No. 2 Oklahoma 14 No. 7 Texas 7
81 October 11, 1986 Dallas No. 6 Oklahoma 47 Texas 12
82 October 10, 1987 Dallas No. 1 Oklahoma 44 Texas 9
83 October 8, 1988 Dallas No. 10 Oklahoma 28 Texas 13
84 October 14, 1989 Dallas Texas 28 No. 15 Oklahoma 24
85 October 13, 1990 Dallas Texas 14 No. 4 Oklahoma 13
86 October 12, 1991 Dallas Texas 10 No. 6 Oklahoma 7
87 October 10, 1992 Dallas Texas 34 No. 16 Oklahoma 24
88 October 9, 1993 Dallas No. 10 Oklahoma 38 Texas 17
89 October 8, 1994 Dallas No. 15 Texas 17 No. 16 Oklahoma 10
90 October 14, 1995 Dallas Tie24Tie24
91 October 12, 1996 Dallas Oklahoma 30 No. 25 Texas 27 OT
92 October 11, 1997 Dallas Texas 27 Oklahoma 24
93 October 10, 1998 Dallas Texas 34 Oklahoma 3
94 October 9, 1999 Dallas No. 23 Texas 38 Oklahoma 28
95 October 7, 2000 Dallas No. 10 Oklahoma 63 No. 11 Texas 14
96 October 6, 2001 Dallas No. 3 Oklahoma 14 No. 5 Texas 3
97 October 12, 2002 Dallas No. 2 Oklahoma 35 No. 3 Texas 24
98 October 11, 2003 Dallas No. 1 Oklahoma 65 No. 11 Texas 13
99 October 9, 2004 Dallas No. 2 Oklahoma 12 No. 5 Texas 0
100 October 8, 2005 Dallas No. 2 Texas 45 Oklahoma 12
101 October 7, 2006 Dallas No. 7 Texas 28 No. 14 Oklahoma 10
102 October 6, 2007 Dallas No. 10 Oklahoma 28 No. 19 Texas 21
103 October 11, 2008 Dallas No. 5 Texas 45 No. 1 Oklahoma 35
104 October 17, 2009 Dallas No. 3 Texas 16 No. 20 Oklahoma 13
105 October 2, 2010 Dallas No. 8 Oklahoma 28 No. 21 Texas 20
106 October 8, 2011 Dallas No. 3 Oklahoma 55 No. 11 Texas 17
107 October 13, 2012 Dallas No. 13 Oklahoma 63 No.15 Texas 21
108 October 12, 2013 Dallas Texas 36 No. 12 Oklahoma 20
109 October 11, 2014 Dallas No. 11 Oklahoma 31 Texas 26
110 October 10, 2015 Dallas Texas 24 No. 10 Oklahoma 17
111 October 8, 2016 Dallas No. 20 Oklahoma 45 Texas 40
112 October 14, 2017 Dallas No. 12 Oklahoma 29 Texas 24
113 October 6, 2018 Dallas No. 19 Texas 48 No. 7 Oklahoma 45
114 December 1, 2018 Arlington No. 5 Oklahoma 39 No. 14 Texas 27
115 October 12, 2019 Dallas No. 6 Oklahoma 34 No. 11 Texas 27
116 October 10, 2020 Dallas Oklahoma 53 No. 22 Texas 45 4OT
117 October 9, 2021 Dallas No. 6 Oklahoma 55 No. 21 Texas 48
118 October 8, 2022 Dallas
Series: Texas leads 62–50–5[1]
2018 Big 12 Championship Game

Miscellaneous[edit]

Highest attendance[edit]

The highest attendance in series history is 96,009, occurring first in 2009 and then again in both 2010 and 2011.[24][25][26]

Rank Date Attendance Winning team Losing team
1 17 October 2009 96,009 No. 3 Texas 16 No. 20 Oklahoma 13
2 October 2010 No. 8 Oklahoma 28 No. 21 Texas 20
8 October 2011 No. 3 Oklahoma 55 No. 11 Texas 17
4 14 October 2017 93,552 No. 12 Oklahoma 29 Texas 24
5 13 October 2012 92,500 No. 10 Oklahoma 63 No. 15 Texas 21
12 October 2013 Texas 36 No. 12 Oklahoma 20
7 6 October 2018 92,300 No. 19 Texas 48 No. 7 Oklahoma 45
8 11 October 2008 92,182 No. 5 Texas 45 No. 1 Oklahoma 35
9 13 October 2016 92,100 No. 20 Oklahoma 45 Texas 40
12 October 2019 No. 6 Oklahoma 34 No. 11 Texas 27

Locations[edit]

State City Hosted Ref.
Oklahoma Norman 3 (1901, 1908, 1922)
Oklahoma City 3 (1903, 1905, 1906)
Texas Dallas 99 (1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Austin 10 (1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1923)
Arlington 1 (2018) [27]
Houston 1 (1913) [28]

Game trophies[edit]

There are three Red River Rivalry trophies given to the winner of the annual Red River Rivalry: the Golden Hat, the Red River Rivalry trophy, and the Governors' trophy. The trophies reward the annual winner of one of college football's longest and most intense rivalries. The rivalry began in 1900 while Oklahoma was still a territory. In the first 100 games, Texas won in 2005 to break a five-game losing streak to Oklahoma and gain a 56–39–5 (.585) lead in the series. The 2007 match-up was predicted to be the #3 game to watch in 2007 by SI.com's "Top 20 Games To Watch In 2007" list.

Golden Hat[edit]

The Golden Hat is by far the best known of the three, and the only one to be awarded on the field at the end of the game. The trophy is a gold cowboy hat mounted on a large block of wood. According to The Daily Texan, "...[B]oth teams signed a contract to play in Dallas during the Texas State Fair, beginning with the 1929 season. The deal was for 10 years, but the tradition has carried on for three-quarters of a century. To show its gratitude, the fair donated the Golden Hat trophy, a golden replica of a ten-gallon cowboy hat, which the two teams play for every year. The Longhorns won the first Shootout, but since then the Golden Hat has crossed the Red River many times." The trophy was created in 1941. When it was created it was known as the "Bronze Hat" or "Brass Hat",[29] and it was bronze in color. However, when the hat was reworked in the 1970s it came out gold, and is now known as the Golden Hat.[30] The Golden Hat trophy is kept each year by the winning team's athletic department. With the teams meeting twice in 2018 (once in the regular season and once in the Big 12 Conference Championship Game) it was determined that the Golden Hat would not be on the line in the 2nd game as it was in the regular season game. Therefore, the trophy remained in Austin, Texas, after Texas' 48–45 regular season win over Oklahoma in 2018. Oklahoma won the rematch, 39–27 in the Big 12 Title Game.

Red River Rivalry trophy[edit]

Since 2003, the Red River Rivalry trophy has been exchanged between the student bodies of the two schools.[4] This trophy was developed by Alex Yaffe, former OU Student Body President, and Katie King, UT's former student body president. The trophy bears the image of the two states as well as miniature football helmets to represent both teams.

Governors' trophy[edit]

There is also a governors' trophy exchanged between the governors of the two states.[30] The governors of Texas and Oklahoma often place a bet on the game such as the losing governor having to present a side of beef to the winning state governor, who then donates the beef to charity.

NROTC trophy[edit]

Another annual tradition is the running of game balls by the schools' Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps programs. Each school's ROTC program uses a relay running system to run one game ball all the way from their respective campus to Dallas.[31] Once there, they participate against each other in a football scrimmage, with the winner taking home the Red River Shootout Flag Football Trophy. This trophy is awarded without regard to who wins the main football game.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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