October 2012

Page 56


Crossing the

Great Divide I

By Lauren Hammack

t’s an annual rite of fall that has reached



When the Sooners and the Longhorns take the field at the Cotton Bowl in

Dallas on October 13, it will mark the 107th matchup of what has often been described as the greatest football rivalry of all time.

If you live in Oklahoma, it’s OU-Texas.

South of the Red River, it’s Texas-OU. Whatever you call it, there is much to celebrate about it. The man we love to love, Coach Bob Stoops, sums it up best: “It’s just a great environment. It gets your juices going, gets the hair up on the back of your neck. It’s as good as it gets.”

The scores, the key plays and the excep-


tional players throughout the years are rote to the ardent fan. But the game is more than a game; it’s the sum of its parts. And getting there is half the fun.


Although Texas leads the series 59-42-5, there have been a few bright spots in this annual matchup. 1900

» First meeting of the Oklahoma and Texas “Elevens” (Advantage: Texas)


» First meeting at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, a location some refer to as the Longhorns’ home field “annex.”



a state.

annual rivalry.

» Oklahoma Territory becomes 54 slice | october 2012

» Cotton Bowl becomes the official site of the

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