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DALLAS (AP) -- The 98-year-old rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma is filled with
close games and memorable finishes. The routs have been few and far between.
But Saturday was one of them, as the Longhorns capitalized on sloppy play by the
Sooners and 139 yards and two touchdowns from Ricky Williams for a 34-3 victory at the
Cotton Bowl.

Texas (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) hadn't beaten Oklahoma (2-3, 0-2) by so much since
winning 41-9 in 1970. OU hadn't scored so few points against UT since a 19-0 loss in

The blowout was surprising considering the last two meetings were decided by a field goal
and the one before that was a tie. It was only the 10th time in 93 meetings that a team won
by 30 or more points.

"I'm really pleased with where we are now," said first-year Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
"We're not where we want to be, but starting 1-2 and going to 4-2, we're in a great spot

Oklahoma defensive tackle Kelly Gregg reflected the bitter disappointment of the losing team.
"You come to OU-Texas to get your season rolling if you haven't gotten off to a
good start, so to get beat like this is a huge letdown," Gregg said. "This was
terrible. Everyone is frustrated that we came out and gave an effort like that."

Oklahoma's struggles were personified by running back De'Mond Parker. After
gaining a series-record 291 yards and scoring three times last year, he was held to
93 yards Saturday and fumbled four times, losing two of them.

"We aren't playing hard on every down," Parker said. "We go hard sometimes,
and then we are soft at times."

Williams ended his streak of 300-yard games at two, but with 5,380 career
rushing yards, he passed Herschel Walker to move into third place on the NCAA's
all-time rushing list, behind only Tony Dorsett (6,082) and Charles White (5,598).

        Walker, Dorsett and White all won the Heisman Trophy, but Williams played with
        another Heisman winner on his mind: Doak Walker, the 1948 honoree who died
        two weeks ago.

        Williams wore Walker's No. 37 for this game only because it was played in "The
        House That Doak Built" -- the nickname given the Cotton Bowl after Walker's
        popularity at Southern Methodist led to the stadium's expansion.

        The pair became friends in January after Williams won an award named in
        Walker's honor, and the relationship grew after the skiing accident that left Walker
        paralyzed. He died last month of complications from paralysis.

        "We dedicated this game to Doak Walker," Brown said. "The team gave the
        Walker family the game ball, and Ricky gave the family his game jersey and
        apologized for it being as blood-stained and dirty as it was. It was a very
        emotional locker room during the presentation."

        Williams, who carried 31 times, scored Texas' first touchdown on a 20-yard run
        and capped the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He had a
        57-yard run in the second quarter and lost a 78-yard touchdown run in the third
        quarter to a holding penalty.

        "They expected to keep me under 50 yards rushing, so when I had 100 by halftime
        things were looking real good," said Williams, who gained 113 yards in the first

        Freshman quarterback Major Applewhite, making his fourth start, had his best
        game yet, completing 14-of-27 passes for 293 yards including a school-record
        97-yard touchdown to Wane McGarity and a 56-yarder to Kwame Cavil.

        Oklahoma came into the game allowing 235 yards, sixth-best in the nation, but
        Texas had 243 in the first half and finished with 448. It was the most yards and
        points allowed by the Sooners all year.

        Oklahoma also had a season-low 197 yards offense, turned the ball over four
        times -- three fumbles, one interception -- and committed 14 penalties for 109

        "You can't make as many mistakes as we did and expect to beat a team like
        Texas," said Sooners coach John Blake.

        Texas scored 17 points off the first three Oklahoma miscues.

        An interception by Quentin Jammer led to Williams' first touchdown and a 7-3
        Longhorns lead. Donald McCowen recovered a fumble to set up Kris Stockton's
        48-yard field goal that made it 17-3 just before halftime, and Casey Hampton's
        fumble recovery at the OU 2 led to UT's 97-yard bomb and a 24-3 advantage.

        Oklahoma had a chance to build momentum when Michael Thornton took the
        second-half kickoff 79 yards to the Texas 15. The Sooners got to the Longhorns'
        1 when Daniels bobbled a snap while diving into the end zone, and Hampton
        grabbed the ball while pinned under several Sooners linemen.

        Two plays later, Applewhite lobbed the ball over two Sooners defenders to
        McGarity at the 45. He caught it in stride and took off for the end zone for the
        second-longest touchdown ever allowed by OU.

        Oklahoma's only points came on the opening drive when Jeff Ferguson hit a
        47-yard field goal. While the drive was highlighted by a 39-yard flea flicker from
        Daniels to Chris Blocker, the Sooners were penalized 15 yards for celebrating the