The Top 5 Best Games in the History of Texas-OU

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Here's hoping that Saturday's Texas-OU game at the Cotton Bowl is better than last year's yawny 16-13 Longhorns' victory. The memorable 45-35 game in 2008 was a little more like it.

Still, with pedestrian quarterbacks Garrett Gilbert and Landry Jones and what I think are two mediocre defenses, I'd be shocked if we get an instant classic. Betcha $1 the game doesn't crack the list of the best:

5. THE FLYING SOONER 2001: OU 14, UT 3. In perhaps the greatest defensive play in series history, Sooners safety Roy Williams turned Texas quarterback Chris Simms into his personal Midway ride to secure OU's victory.

4. EYE SPY 1976: UT 6, OU 6. The infamous spy game was boring on the field, but deliciously bitter off it. Two days before, Texas coach Darrell Royal accused Sooners' coach Barry Switzer of spying on Longhorn practices. Oklahoma scored a touchdown in the final minute, but botched the snap on the extra point.

3. THE GAMBLER 1990: UT 14, OU 13. Trailing the 4th-ranked Sooners by six and faced with fourth-and-13 on the Oklahoma 16 with 2:00 remaining, Peter Gardere hit Keith Cash in the end zone.

2. LIKE A ROCK 1994: UT 17, OU 10. Stealing the spotlight from freshman quarterback James Brown, 335-pound defensive tackle Stonie Clark made Texas' best defensive play in rivalry history when he dropped OU's James Allen at the 1 as time expired.

1. KISS YOUR 'SIS 1984: UT 15, OU 15. On a day when No. 1 (Texas) met No. 2 (Oklahoma), it was Mother Nature who dominated. Playing in a driving rainstorm, Switzer opted for a late intentional safety that proved bone-headed when Texas took the ensuing kick and drove to the Oklahoma 17, where Jeff Ward kicked a game-tying field goal as time expired.


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