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The Daily’s sports staff picks the greatest games from among the 106 Red River showdowns. PAGE 9
The Sooners have won the last two meetings with Texas and hope to extend the streak. PAGE 8
Both OU and Texas have explosive running attacks, and the team with the most yards usually wins. PAGE 10
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Fans hoping to take the Heartland Flyer all the way to Dallas will be disappointed, but Amtrack will offer chartered buses from its stop in Fort Worth. PAGE 2
The editorial boards of The Daily and the University of Texas’ school newspaper, The Daily Texan, exchange trash talk in anticipation of Saturday’s game. PAGE 4
Whether you’re at the fair, the game or the club this weekend in Dallas, columnist Shannon Borden has suggestions for perfect OU-Texas attire. PAGE 5
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Environmental sustainability junior Abby Skinner, an Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Advisory Board member, spins cotton candy during Coming Out Day festivities Tuesday on the South Oval. Although the national Coming Out Day is Thursday, OU celebrated early with a Dr. Seuss-themed event.
Several organizations come out in support of GLBTQ community Third-annual Coming Out Day fair provides resources to students JennA BieLMAn Campus Reporter
Th e t h i rd a n nu a l C o m i ng Out Day Resource Fair was held Tuesday on the South Oval to provide resources and support to students who are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. “ The purpose of the event is essentially for anyone that is LGBTQ,” spokeswoman C.J. Brady said. “It’s a very reaffirming production event for LGBTQ
students who don’t feel comfortable or who are just coming out, and we are here to provide resources and make them feel comfortable on campus.“ The fair, presented by the LGBTQ Advisory Board, included 14 local, state and campus organizations, such as the Mothers of Many; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; and Sexperts. Mothers of Many is a coalition of moms who are committed to hope, safety, justice and equality for all children who are LGBTQ, MOM spokeswoman Leslie BahonBothwell said. “We are all mothers of children who are LGBTQ, and we are here
today because not everybody has accepting parents,” BahonBothwell said. “We just want to offer that support.” Jason Martin, spokesman of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said he believes that most people in the GLBTQ community feel they need allies, especially in Oklahoma. “I feel like it is important that if anyone feels alone or afraid that they can connect with these groups and get resources,” Martin said. “There are safe places for them to come, and we want the campus to know that we are inclusive to everyone.”
Student organizations interested in funding to help bring a speaker to campus next spring can apply for funds from the Campus Activities Council through Nov. 16, according to CAC coordinators. The CAC Speakers Bureau is now accepting applications to provide student organizations with funding to host events featuring guest speakers during the spring semester. Funding applications for next semester are available online and must be completed by Nov. 16, bureau chair Alexis Taitel said. The Speakers Bureau is a committee that brings its own speakers to campus, CAC Chairwoman Vicky Vargas said. How ever, that wasn’t enough. Taitel said the group felt the need to help other student organizations bring speakers to campus because the bureau only hosts one event by itself each semester. “Allowing other student organizations to put on their
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T h e O U Wo m e n ’s and Gender Studies program and Norman’s The Welcoming Project will screen the film “The Laramie Project” and hold a subsequent discussion panel about bullying and hate crimes this week. The film, which is about a 1998 murder of a gay college student, will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Oklahoma Memorial U n i o n ’s M e a c h a m Auditorium. The idea of showing the film at OU was inspired
last year when Welcoming Project founder Meredith Wo r t h e n s a i d s h e w a s moved emotionally by the play and film adaptation. October, which is LGBT history month, is a time to look upon the past and encourage hope for the future, Worthen said. The Welcoming Project began in 2011 to encourage Norman churches, organizations and businesses to display signs that welcome members of the GLBTQ community as patrons, according to the organization’s website. The Women and Gender Studies program offered to help sponsor the event by renting out Meacham Auditorium to show the
Worthen said. The panel w i l l i n c l u d e No r ma n Police Chief Keith Humphrey, psychology c l i n i c e m p l oy e e L i s a F re y a n d We l c o m i n g When: 7 to 9 p.m. Project Intern Amanda thursday Fehlbaum. The event is free, Where: oklahoma but donations are memorial union’s encouraged. Benefits meacham auditorium will help The Welcoming Price: $5 donation Project supply the free encouraged welcome signs given to Norman businesses and arrange a new scholarship, Worthen film, Worthen said. The discussion following said. will focus on hate crimes based in the Norman community, how hate affects the university and Ali Hausner h ow s t u d e nt s ca n h e l p firstname.lastname@example.org make OU more welcoming,
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Amtrak to Dallas adds bus route from Fort Worth students who were planning on amtrak’s Heartland Flyer route taking them all the way to dallas must now take a chartered bus from Fort Worth to dallas instead. about fi ve years ago, Heartland Flyer began taking passengers all the way to dallas by rail, but that is not an option this year because of scheduling conﬂicts, said marc magliari, a spokesman for amtrak. instead, Heartland Flyer
own events featuring guest speakers makes it possible to give a positive impact on as many people as possible,” Taitel said. The bureau recently provided the primary funding that allowed Delta Gamma to bring Giuliana Rancic to campus last weekend to discuss her battle with breast cancer and struggles with fertility. Previous speakers sponsored by the bureau include celebrities, pop culture icons, world leaders, comedians and philanthropists, according to CAC’s website. Student Activity Fees provide the money that the bureau allocates to student organizations, Taitel said. Organizations must be registered with the university in order to be eligible for funding. In the application, organizations must list the speaker, detail the cost of the event and confirm the arrangements for the speaker’s attendance, she said. Organizations seeking funding also are required to attend one of the three information sessions, Taitel said. The first information session is from 6 to 7 p.m. see SPEAKERS paGe 3
will take passengers to the Fort Worth station and put them on chartered buses, which will take them to dallas, magliari said. this is the system that Heartland Flyer used six years ago, prior to to being able to take passengers all the way to dallas. magliari said, this route will be faster and simpler for the passengers in the end, allowing them to use the buses rather than wait for amtrak to service the trains.
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War correspondent donates two Emmys to Gaylord College Professor credits students for helping with documentary Lindsey Ruta Campus Editor
Nearly 100 people b ro ke i nt o ap p l au s e i n the lobby of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication as professor Mike Boettcher announced he will donate his two recent Emmy awards to the college. “These are not my awards,” Boettcher said. “These are the university’s.” Boettcher and his son, Carlos, received one Emmy for outstanding feature story in a regularly scheduled newscast and another Emmy for best story in a regular scheduled newscast for their documentar y, “American Valor: The Land of the Brave,” on Monday, Oct. 1 at the 33rd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony. Boettcher joked that he was donating the awards as part of a deal to get the college to take down the banners they have of him hanging up around the building. The documentary was produced through a partnership between ABC Ne w s a n d t h e G a y l o r d College’s Afghan 101 class — led by Boettcher and professor John Schmeltzer. Boettcher worked with the class via Skype while he was imbedded in Afghanistan
Today around campus Reference assistance provided by OU Libraries will be available from 10 a.m. to noon in Adams Hall, Room 110 and the Rawl Engineering Practice Facility’s IT lab. Guess the Score, a game for students to guess the score for Saturday’s OU-TX football game for a chance to win a prize, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Oklahoma Memorial Union.
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Mike Boettcher, Gaylord professor and NBC war correspondent, unveils the two Emmys he is donating to the college. Boettcher and his son won the awards as part of the college’s Afghan 101 course, which allowed students to be a part of real world reporting.
as a war correspondent for NBC. He emphasized the impact his students had on the documentary. Boettcher, who describes himself as “one of the worst students to come through this college,” said there is nothing more rewarding than to be able to come back to his alma mater and work with students. President Boren attended the event and expressed the amount of pride the university had for both Boettcher and all of the students and faculty
members involved. Joe Foote, dean of t h e Gay l o rd C o l l e g e o f Journalism and Mass Communication, credited B o re n w i t h b e i n g a b l e to bring Boettcher to the college despite the recession. “He never hesitated,” Foote said. “He never waivered.” Boren gathered enough support from the Sarkey’s Foundation and others to bring Boettcher to the university in 2008. He praised Boettcher for
achieving success while wearing the hat of both a war correspondent and a professor. Boren said he was proud to be the president of a university that was home to a college like Gaylord. “You’re the critical link that makes society work,” he told the students in the audience.
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Bevo Burger Bash, sponsored by the Union Programming Board will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in on the east lawn of Oklahoma Memorial Union. Students may enjoy free burgers while watching highlights of the Red River Rivalry. “JMC Career Fair Prep: Creating a Winning Resume” workshop sponsored by Career Services will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in Gaylord Hall’s Hall of Fame Room. “JMC Career Fair Prep: Acing the Interview” workshop sponsored by Career Services will be held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in Gaylord Hall’s Hall of Fame Room. Do you want to see your organization’s campus event here? Visit OUDaily.com/events/submit to add your entry.
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Giuliana Rancic spoke at Lloyd Noble Center on Friday as part of a Delta Gamma philanthropy project. Rancic told stories about becoming a successful journalist and her battle with breast cancer. CAC Speaker’s Bureau provided part of the funding for the event.
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THUMBS UP: Sooners will flock to Dallas to witness the 107th game in OU’s heated Red River Rivalry with the University of Texas this Saturday.
Red River trash-talk exchange Our view
Hate for Texas is ‘Sooner born, Sooner bred’ Editor’s note: In preparation for the OU-Texas football game Saturday, The Daily Texan, the University of Texas’ student newspaper, and The Oklahoma Daily agreed to exchange editorials and run them at the same time.
bigger-is-better mentality and, perhaps most of all, the lack of courtesy toward others on the road. (Seriously, this is an issue. How hard is it to use a turn signal and not run people off the highway for ear Texas, driving the speed limit?) We hate you. Most of the Texas fans I know We hate burnt orange, realize that they’re hated or at least drugged-up steers, dress-up disliked, but they don’t understand cowboys, “I’ve Been Working on why. They casually write it off as the Railroad” and losing to the envy and carry on their merry way. Longhorns. They’re the guy at the bar with We hate the McCoy and Shipley a man tan and a way-too-tight brothers, Vince Young, Chris Tapout shirt smirking and saying, Simms, Cedric Benson and your “Haters gonna hate” when people dirty, overpriced state fair. call him a tool. We. Hate. You. They have no clue. But do you know what we love? Texas fans think everyone Hearing one side of the hates them for the same Cotton Bowl roar as the The Our View reason everyone hates other falls silent. Answering is the majority Alabama football, when in opinion of your call-and-return “Texas reality, it’s for the reason The Daily’s Fight” chants with “sucks.” nine-member everyone hates Notre Dame Forming our hands into editorial board football. downturned horns at every Sorry for relying on opportunity. Listening cheesy analogies and sports to you brag about how awesome metaphors to define our hate for your high school football is only your university, but it’s a hard to watch the Sooners steal the top recruits out from under your nose. thing to explain. People hate Texas And then there’s the thing we love because Texas thinks it’s awesome, the most: beating the living hell out not because Texas is awesome. Texas is the Kanye West of of you in your own state. universities. I can’t think of a We love 55-17. We love 28-20. We love 28-21, 12-0, 65-13, 35-24, 14-3 simpler way to put it. No university has a bigger and 63-14. superiority complex, which creates To us, the Longhorns represent an interesting dynamic for the something more than just a football Red River Rivalry: the humble team. folksiness of Oklahoma vs. the They’re a symbol for everything pompous pride of Texas. we hate about the state of Texas: And that’s where the rivalry The entitlement, the inflated sense transcends football. It’s not just a of importance and self-worth, the
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battle of football teams; it’s a battle of ideologies. We have a saying here in the Sooner state: “Sooner born, Sooner bred, and when I die, I’ll be Sooner dead.” Now, nothing in there mentions hating Texas or that sorry university that calls Austin home, but we
still feel an obligation to despise our neighbors to the south, nonetheless. So we’ll continue to hate the Lone Star State with every atom of our beings until the day we die. And we’re perfectly fine with that.
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Some big city advice for Sooners this weekend
ell, it’s time for another Red River Showdown, and for the first time since 2007 both our teams are coming in with a loss on their records. That’s because our defense’s tackling is about as reliable as a TCU quarterback behind the wheel, and your team handled Collin Klein about as well as Vince Young handles his money. And once again, our university is in the national spotlight — this time for a high-profile Supreme Court case regarding our admissions policy. We figure you’d be able to empathize with the plaintiff since no one in Norman was admitted to UT either. It’s hard for us not to be so proud of our university. It’s often said that a burnt-orange Texas sunset is a sign that God is a Longhorn fan. In reality, though, it’s just proof that anything looks glowing when you put it next to Oklahoma. And, while last week’s loss to West Virginia stung, we got to welcome a new school to the conference. Their fans were great and nothing like the couch-burning, moonshine-swigging horror stories we’d heard. That should give y’all some relief since embarrassing the rest of the Big 12 Conference always has been your domain. Then again, we have to respect when a team is playing well and off to a great start, even if it is from Oklahoma. So congratulations Tulsa, keep it up. But we jest. We don’t really think your school is an elaborate prank designed to lure people into buying Toby Keith albums. In reality, the University of Oklahoma is outstanding and on par with our nation’s great academic institutions, a “lighthouse on the prairie” if you will (Note
Comes Honey Boo-Boo,” don’t be fooled. It just from the copy desk: Isn’t that supposed to say means you’re lost in the House of Mirrors. Again. “outhouse?”). Lastly, and this is important, we’ve been asked However, in past years, these letters have gotten pretty mean, full of vitriol and references to trailer by the State Fair organizers to remind our Sooner neighbors they do not condone any kind of homes. We thought this year we’d tone it down a little and instead offer some friendly advice for our grotesque freak-show attractions or theater. No matter how many coupons the Sooner friends (although, because of space constraints, shoe-tying “It’s often said that a children offer to give you. But above all else, don’t forget lessons will have to wait until next burnt-orange Texas to make it into the stadium in time year). sunset is a sign that for kick-off. Now, we know Sooners First, while you’re in Dallas God is a Longhorn aren’t good with basic math, this weekend, make sure to party fan. In reality, numbers or any of the other skills responsibly. While brewskis in necessary to tell time, so we’ve come Oklahoma are only 3.5 percent though, it’s just alcohol by volume, here in Texas proof that anything up with a more suitable frame of we drink grown-up beer. A few looks glowing when reference. Kick-off is going to be about too many of those and you’ll be you put it next to two hours after you pick up your stumbling around the West End, Oklahoma.” cousin from the county jail, about trying to convince a light pole that an hour before you quit your you didn’t lose to Tech last year. But don’t worry, if by chance you do crush a few Sudoku (because who doesn’t love Sudoku?), and somewhere between the third and fourth time you too many Natty Lites, what’s the absolute worst that could happen? You end up back in Oklahoma? blame something on Obama that day. For the rest of the civilized world, that time is Next, come Saturday morning you’re going to want to get to the fairgrounds early to take in all the known as 11 a.m. And coincidentally, the National sights and sounds. Make sure to try the fair’s many Weather Service has just confirmed that, at that time, OU will still suck. culinary offerings, including buffalo flapjacks, We hope y’all enjoy the game. And by the way, pineapple upside-down cake and even fried we really applaud the OU Daily for “going green” bubblegum — or, as you know it in Oklahoma, this year. Your dedication to the cause really shows “bubblegum.” in your willingness to recycle all your jokes from After that, you can make your way down to the previous years. Midway to try the games or rides. You might even see some celebrities in town for the game. But remember, if you think you see the cast of “Here Comment on this on OUDaily.com
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OU-Texas weekend is the mother of all weekends for students from both universities. There are tailgates, the State Fair of Texas and, of course, the big game. In addition to being one of the best games of the season, it is the perfect opportunity to show the Longhorns that Sooners score more touchdowns in fashion and on the field. The most important style tip for the weekend: represent the Sooners by wearing as much crimson and cream as humanly possible. Evin Morrison/The Daily
(Top) University College freshman Carson Edmonds models an H&M sweater and public relations sophomore Hannah Van Amburgh models game day attire. (Bottom) Amburgh models clothes from Forever 21 to wear to clubs when in Dallas for OU-Texas weekend.
you’re there. However, most Dallas clubs have pretty strict dress codes. For example, popular Dallas club Plush enforces a dress code. Be sure to research dress codes before I know dresses are popuyou go out. lar, but they are not the Women: A fun trend right now is chiffon shirts with inonly game day option. Red teresting designs on the back. From the front, these shirts jeans are a great way to look are flowy and sheer, but in the back, they have some sort cute and show your Sooner of cut-out. Chiffon shirts like this look good paired with a pride. Pair colored jeans form-fitted skirt. If the shirt is plain, wear a patterned banwith a white flowing shirt The fair is casual, but deau bra underneath. Likewise, if the shirt is patterned, or a denim button-up shirt. that doesn’t mean you wear a solid-colored bandeau. Finish off the look with Red skinny jeans look great can’t look cute and feel tucked into a brown or black comfortable. Plaid is a great chunky bangles or a statement piece of jewelry. Ladies, we all know that wearing the wrong pair of shoes knee-high boot. Weather option that is stylish and can mean the difference between a fun night out and a permitting, throw on a scarf functional. Paired with miserable one. The decision between heels and flats is one to finish off the look. denim, you won’t be too of personal preference. If you think you can be on your feet Because the weather will hot, but it will keep you all night in heels, go for it. If you can’t, wear flats. If you’re be in the mid-80s Saturday, warm enough when you another good option is spend the day outside. A fair not sure, wear your heels around sometime this week and see how they feel. denim capris. Pair denim day also would be a great Men: Black jeans often look more polished than with a white tank top and a day to wear a crew-neck traditional blue jeans. Wear black jeans with a button-up light cardigan (crimson, of sweatshirt and leggings or collared shirt or a dressier T-shirt. The no-sneakers rule course). Add a statement jeans. Remember to wear will be more difficult for guys to get around, but there are necklace to dress up this comfortable shoes you casual look. I recommend won’t mind walking around solutions. Sperrys are widely accepted footwear around Dallas. If Sperrys aren’t your style, try a pair of Chukka wearing a close-toed shoe in all day. boots. to the game so people aren’t stepping on your feet all day. Dallas has a pretty stellar Shannon Borden is a professional writing sophomore Men, if there was ever a time you needed to step up nightlife that you’ll surely want to check out while your fashion game, it is the OU-Texas football game. This is not just any football game, so an OU T-shirt and basketball shorts are not going to fly. Wear a collared OU shirt with jeans.
Crimson also pairs well with khakis, which are a great alternative to jeans if you can manage not to look like a Target employee.
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Red River Rivalry playlist pit stops
Spots to catch the game in Norman
he drive to Dallas from Norman is pretty, but Interstate-35 isn’t the type of interstate that keeps drivers amped up for one of the biggest rivalries in the Big 12. There has to be fun, popular and energetic music to get
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fans pumped up. This playlist is full of yell-a-long songs that will make that long stretch of highway a bonding experience either with your car full of friends or just you and the open road. These are just pit stops on the music road to Dallas.
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“Oklahoma,” from the musical “Oklahoma!” soundtrack This is one of OU’s pride songs and definitely will give that burst of pride in this state as you set out for Dallas. Also, if you don’t know the words, then it’s a prime time to learn.
Other great songs to listen to throughout the trip: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor for reminiscing about high school pep rallies. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba because the entire song is about getting knocked out and getting back up, which happens a lot in football. “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath is a classic pep song with the iconic introduction that is perfect for air guitar. “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine to scream along with. “On to the Next One” by Jay-Z just for that added confidence that drips from Jay-Z’s lyrics. “Throw it Up” by Lil’ Jon because it is another song about representing your city with pride.
1. Louie’s Too LIFE & ARTS COLUMNIST Located right next to Louie’s on the corner of Boyd and Asp, Louie’s Too is a bar that will give viewers a great place to watch the game and enjoy a nice alcoholic beverage at 11 a.m. 2. Brewhouse Brent Stenstrom Within the confines of this email@example.com bar/pool hall, patrons will find themselves in game day heaven. OU fans can watch the game on any one of the 14 flat screens or enjoy what is unique to the Brewhouse, a huge projector screen on the bar’s wall. 3. The Garage The Mecca for watching the Red River Rivalry, The Garage on Main Street offers the all-around viewing experience with its full lunch and dinner menus. Add a drink from the bar, and you are guaranteed to have a good time cheering on the Sooners on Saturday. The Garage will offer a domestic bucket full of five beers for only $10. Stay here in Norman and enjoy the atmosphere at one of these three great hangout spots. Brent Stenstrom is a broadcast and electronic media junior.
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Sprinkling these songs in will boost morale and get you hungry for a Bevo burger as soon as you hit Dallas.
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“Party Up (Up in Here)” by DMX also is a great song to get amped to. The intensity of DMX’s voice can get anyone ready for a big game.
“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice Not knowing the words to “Oklahoma” is acceptable, but not knowing the words to “Ice Ice Baby” is not. This is the song to put on when everyone starts getting a little tired around Gainesville so everyone can “stop, collaborate and listen.”
“Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy samples “Crazy Train” by Black Sabbath with the ever-catchy beats that come from collaborating with Lil’ Jon. This song is all about being proud of where you are. Rolling into Dallas with this blasting is sure to give you that Sooner spirit for the rest of the weekend.
“PUNKB*TCH” by 3Oh!3 is a song to put on around Denton, Texas. This song has the intensity of “Party Up (Up in Here),” which is great for the last stretch of interstate before entering the Dallas/ Fort Worth area.
or everyone traveling down to Dallas for OU-Texas shenanigans, the State Fair of Texas shouldn’t be missed, whether you’re going to the game or not. On the matter of food, I honestly can say I did not know that some of the items on the menu were possible. This year, the award for best taste went to deep fried jambalaya. The Cajun in me is content at the thought of my belly being filled with this fried concoction. However, what I find most interesting and even a bit confusing is the winner for most creative: the fried bacon cinnamon roll. These Texas delicacies follow finger-lickin’ fair foods, such as fried beer, buffalo chicken in a flapjack, chicken fried bacon and fried bubblegum. Many new food vendors will make their debuts at the fair this year. Options range from fried cotton candy stalls, fried samosa and chocolatecandy coated bacon. Chances are, if you want something full of butter and thousands of calories deepfried, you can find it at the State Fair of Texas.
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Aside from the multiple vendors who increase your chances of having a heart attack, there also are many different sites for entertainment at the fair this year. At the Chevrolet Main Stage, performances will feature Kevin Fowler at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and the band Kansas at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. But let’s get serious. The questionably safe rides are definitely a major focal point of attraction at the fair. One favorite in this category is the Texas Star. This is the tallest Ferris wheel in the western hemisphere, standing 212 feet tall. The State Fair of Texas also features a unique attraction aptly called The Skyscraper. The ride places a pair of riders at either end of what looks like a really long red beam. Controlled in the center, the beam begins to rotate its entirety in a 360-degree fashion at incredible speeds both forward and backward. For those who desire an easier ride, there is the Crazy Mouse or the Zillerator, neither of which go upside down or terribly fast. OU-Texas ticketholders receive free admission to the State Fair of Texas and its rides, vendors and other activities, although they will have to pay for rides, food and drinks. The fair is sure to deliver great fun and potentiallyclogged arteries. Colby Frederick is a University College freshman.
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After coming off a decisive win against Texas Tech last weekend, No. 13 Oklahoma now turns its sights on No. 15 Texas in a pivotal contest that could determine the team’s fate this season when the archrivals square off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Both teams come into the matchup with a conference loss, and both are ranked just outside the top 10 in the national polls. The winner of the 107th edition of the Red River Rivalr y will make an important step toward regaining momentum in the race for the Big 12 title. The loser most likely will find itself two games behind No. 5 West Virginia and No. 6 Kansas State with a much harder road to travel in order to become a league and national contender for the respective title games. Although this game is always important to both programs for series bragging rights, senior quarterback Landr y Jones said not car r ying the Sooners’ current momentum into this rivalry game keeps the team from learning from its past mistakes and taking care of
business in practice. “You can’t ride the wave because there’s a lot of emotion that goes into the (OU-Texas) game,” Jones said. “It’s just a different type of game because there is so much tradition playing in a neutral location.” One area of concern the Sooners said they need to improve in the game against the Longhorns is working to limit third down conversions, something that hurt OU in the home loss to Kansas State on Sept. 22. “Lately, a lot of teams have been getting third downs against us, and that’s not good,” senior defensive end R.J. Washington said. “But I think it’s just tightening up the screws more and just keep working on the little things and getting even better than last week. For great teams, it’s not how they started and what they were doing in the beginning; it’s did they get better each and every weekend.” And the S o oners w ill have to make those changes against a Texas team that has a lot of offensive weapons that are going to figure out a way to avenge the disappointing, 48-45, home loss to league newcomer West Virginia last weekend. Although the Longhorns have the sixth-ranked offense in the nation averaging 46.8 points per game and are currently second in offensive
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Former Sooner linebacker Ronnel Lewis (56) tackles Texas sophomore quarterback David Ash (14) in last year’s Red River Rivalry. The Sooners won, 55-17.
third-down efficiency with a 58.1 completion percentage, the Sooners said regardless of what Texas brings to the matchup, they need to take care of the football in order to win the turnover battle against a defense that has pro duce d 10 turnovers already this season. “Every year, Texas is going to have a lot of good players on their team and a lot of different guys that can make a lot of plays,” Jones said. “So, we are going to be on our toes, and we are going to be ready for it and hopefully go
out there and execute it like we want to.” Coach Bob Stoops said he wanted his team to continue LANDRY giving Jones JONES the added protection he and the rest of the coaches saw last Saturday while working on the defensive side of the ball to shut down the Longhorns’ sophomore running back Joe Bergeron, who leads the Big 12 with nine rushing
touchdowns. “All (of the Texas) running backs run the ball well, find seams, have excellent speeds and make good cuts,” Stoops said. “They are in that Wildcat a fair amount, so that’s something we’ll have to spend some time on.” After having just one takeaway prior to forcing three turnovers against Te ch, t h e S o o n e rs n ow boast the nation’s 17thranked defense going into the game, giving up 303 yards per game after facing its first four opponents of
the 2012 season. Senior safety Javon Harris leads the Sooner defense with two interceptions, while junior corner back Aaron Colvin came up big for OU against the Red Raiders with his first career interception. Being able to force the turnovers, while also finding plays that can produce points through the air and on the ground allows the Sooners to go into this year’s Red River Rivalry game knowing they are capable of making big plays on both sides of the ball that the team lacked in games earlier in the season. “It builds a little bit of confidence being that we were struggling a little bit t w o w e e k s ag o,” ju n i o r wide receiver Kenny Stills said. “It’s good to have our confidence back and be able to prepare this week without that monkey on our back.” Tobi Neidy firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the three victories, Oklahoma averaged 225 rushing yards per game with the lowest game total being 121 rushing yards against Texas Tech on Saturday. Many factors go into these numbers — the Jono Greco opponent’s quality, the email@example.com banged up offensive line, how the game is going or f I’ve learned anything which running back is in from Sooner fans the game — but they tell since 2009, it’s that everyone one main thing: No. 13 OU lives or dies with When OU runs the ball senior quarterback Landry effectively, it wins. Jones. The same has to be true if After defeating Texas the Sooners want to defeat Tech, 41-20, OU fans live No. 15 Texas this weekend because of him. After losing EVIN MORRISON/THE DAILY to Kansas State, 24-19, they Senior running back Dominique Whaley (8) breaks away from the in Dallas. The Longhorns (4-1, 1-1 die because of him. defense in a game against Florida A&M on Sept 8. Big 12) have allowed 182.4 What a vicious circle. rushing yards per game, Maybe there’s another meaning the Sooners could yards per game — 137.7 running game produced party on offense who do something they have rushing yards per game just 92 yards, which is a should receive more credit when excluding FCSsomewhat skewed number — or blame — than it considering the Sooners currently does: the running opponent Florida A&M — which is good for the 36thhad to abandon the running game. best rushing attack in the game and throw the ball to In four games, the nation. play catch-up in the fourth Sooners (3-1, 1-1 Big 12) In OU’s only loss, the quarter. averaged 190.5 rushing
done only once since the 2007 Red River Rivalry Game: rush for at least 100 yards. Since 2007, OU has averaged 60.5 rushing yards per Texas game, including one game in which it totaled -16 yards on the ground. Although these numbers point toward the need to attack through the air, don’t be deceived. OU needs to be able to run the ball simply because it becomes too easy to defend and too easy to beat if opponents force Jones to be the primary playmaker. Kansas State took that approach, and look how that game ended. Senior running back Dominique Whaley — who rushed for 83 yards in last year’s game against Texas
— and junior running back Damien Williams need to be productive just to take off some pressure from Jones. The Longhorns have scored at least 37 points in each game this season, so the two, along with junior fullback Trey Millard, need to help control the clock, gain some yards and put some points on the board if the Sooners want to be able to contain or keep up with Texas’ stout offense. If they don’t, and Jones has to win this game on his own, then winning a third straight Red River Rivalry game is going to be a much harder feat to accomplish. Jono Greco is a journalism graduate student and the copy chief for The Daily.
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The sports staff ranked the best meetings between the Sooners and Longhorns. Texas leads the overall series, 59-42-5, but OU has won the last two.
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efense wins championships. Coaches say it all the time, and it’s true. For this reason, my favorite OU-Texas game came in the 14-7 Sooner victory in 1985 that is considered one of the best defensive performances in the program’s history. Texas had only 70 yards of total offense and only 17 rushing yards. The Longhorns passed the 50-yard line only three times the entire game, and one of them followed an OU fumble. Coach Barry Switzer called it the best defensive performance he had seen in his 20 years in Norman. The game’s hero was sophomore linebacker Brian Bosworth, who recorded 14 tackles, 11 unassisted. A message was sent that day. It was clear, plain and simple: Defensively, we will dominate you, and we’ll win a national championship because of it. And the Sooners did.
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ou have to understand the atmosphere of the 2004 OU-Texas game to appreciate the low-scoring 12-0 Sooner victory. OU ended its 2003 campaign with losses to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game and LSU in the national title game. If there was one way to get confidence back into the program, it would be a win against the Longhorns. The offense returned several playmakers, including quarterback Jason White and wide receiver Mark Clayton, and introduced the world to freshman running back Adrian Peterson. But the Sooners lost three AllAmericans on defense. Texas would come into the same game with a chip on its shoulder. The Longhorns had been outscored, 177-54, in the previous four meetings, but with dual-threat quarterback Vince Young under center and the best running game in the country featuring Cedric Benson, the team was out for revenge. The Sooners stacked the box and limited Texas’ powerful running game, led by Cedric Benson, and dual-threat quarterback, Vince Young, to keep the Longhorns out of the end zone and snap Texas’ 281-game shutout streak. No team had done what the 2004 Sooners did to Texas in more than 20 seasons, making that defensive slugfest one for the ages.
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Former OU linebacker Travis Lewis throws the “hang ’em horns” during OU’s 28-20 win against Texas on Oct. 2, 2010, in Dallas.
oming off a decade characterized by squandered talent and disappointment, OU entered the new millennium with a renewed confidence because of its new coach, Bob Stoops, in 1999. The following year, the Sooners entered the Cotton Bowl undefeated for the first time since 1993. They were fresh off four convincing victories and had earned a No. 10 ranking, but they had yet to face a true test. That test would come from the No. 11 Texas Longhorns, who had won eight of the last 11 rivalry games. But on that wet and chilly autumn afternoon, the Sooners passed with flying colors, blowing out Texas, 63-14, and picking up their first win against the Longhorns since 1996. The win was Stoops’ first against Texas after falling to the ’Horns, 38-28, the year before and sparked three consecutive wins against ranked teams (No. 3 Kansas State and No. 1 Nebraska). That month would come to be known as “Red October.” It also marked the emergence of running back Quentin Griffin — a key player on the Sooners’ national championship team — who ran for 87 yards from 23 carries and an OUrecord six touchdowns. OU jumped out to a 42-0 lead with four-and-a-half minutes left in the second quarter, effectively ending the game before it reached the half. OU posted 534 total yards to Texas’ 154.
n the history of the Red River Rivalry there have been multiple games that stick out in the minds of fans. But the game that always stands out in my mind is the “Superman Play” in 2001. The game was a defensive standoff with both teams holding their opponents to under 100 yards rushing and both kickers squandering opportunities to give their teams points. Running back Quentin Griffin scored the only offensive touchdown of the day for the Sooners, and the Longhorns answered with a field goal at the end of the half. Late in the fourth quarter the Sooners drove the ball to the Texas 21-yard line and appeared to be ready to go up by a score or more. However, three plays later, the Sooners faced a 4th-and-16 at the Texas 27-yard line but were bailed out by their special teams, which pinned the Longhorns at the Texas 3-yard line. On first down, OU safety Roy Williams leaped over blocker and hit Texas quarterback Chris Simms as he was throwing, causing the ball to float into OU lineman Teddy Lehman’s hands as he walked into the endzone for the score.
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he Sooners had one more in a line of seasons below expectations in 2011, but the Red River Rivalry wasn’t part of the disappointment. OU and Texas traded small blows in the first quarter, with the Sooners leading, 6-3, at the beginning of the second quarter. It looked like it could be another shootout south of the Red River... and then the levees broke. The Sooners scored four thouchdowns in the second quarter. Junior wide receiver Kenny Stills caught two touchdown passes; former Sooner Ryan Broyles caught another; and, not to be outdone by the offense, senior cornerback Demontre Hurst struck for the Sooner defense, returning an interception for a touchdown. The Longhorns finished the game with a 100-yard kickoff return for a score and a garbage-time touchdown, and Texas went home to Austin with its tails between its legs. Despite what became of the rest of the season for OU, it was one of the more gratifying victories in recent memory for the Sooners.
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BY THE NUMBERS
BY THE NUMBERS
Total rushing yards so far this season
Total rushing yards so far this season Average yards per rush for Williams this season
Average yards per rush for Bergeron this season
Number of rushing touchdowns for Williams, four of which came against Florida A&M
Number of rushing touchdowns for Bergeron, four of which came against West Virginia
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Terrific trios to tussle at Cotton Bowl Both teams have premiere backs with solid backups ROSS STRACKE Sports Reporter
Oklahoma and Texas have a lot of things in common coming into Saturday’s game: same record, historic c o a c h e s, q u e s t i o n a b l e quarterbacks and, most importantly, a trio of explosive running backs. B o t h t e a m s’ r u n n i n g games depend on a threeback rotation. OU’s surprise star running back is junior Damien Williams, followed by senior Dominique Whaley and junior Brennan
Clay. Te x a s ’ t r i o i s a b i t younger, with sophomore Jo e B erg eron re ceiving most of the carries. Fellow sophomore Malcolm Brown is second in line, and superstar freshman Jonathan Gray has been raising eyebrows as of late. The main difference between these two combinations is the frequency in which these teams utilize them. Texas has been dependent on the run thus far in the season, whereas Oklahoma has favored the pass. Don’t expect Saturday’s game to be any different. Texas is going to run the
ball as often as possible. Considering what Kansas State was able to do to Oklahoma’s defensive line and West Virginia was able to do to the Longhorns’ secondary, assume OU will stick to the air. However, when looking at the running back rotations both schools have, they are quite similar. Te x a s h a s a s t a r i n Bergeron, and the other two aren’t far off. Oklahoma is witnessing another hardworking, under-the-radar superstar find by OU coach Bob Stoops in Williams, who is well-complemented by Whaley. Williams and Bergeron are
both teams’ feature backs, and both have more than 300 rushing yards, as well as five touchdowns or more. Whaley and Brown are the complementary backs, but with Brown’s recent injury, look for Gray to step into this role Saturday. Against the Mountaineers, G ray l e d Te x a s w i t h 8 7 rushing yards, but Bergeron brought the power in red zone situations, scoring four touchdowns. Williams provides the same home-run threat for the Sooners that Gray does for the Longhorns, while Whaley and Bergeron supply the wear-and-tear linear running meant to tire
out defenses. Clay is used strategically to give Williams and Whaley a rest, as well as being used in the second half to catch a tired defense off guard with a fresh set of legs. Texas has a bit more of a balanced distribution, but because it runs the ball twice as much, this is to be expected. Gray and Brown almost have identical numbers, except that Gray has yet to carry the ball into the end zone. That is subject to change with his talent. The better trio between the two teams is definitely Te x a s ’ b a c k s . W h i l e Oklahoma’s running backs are premiere backs, the
offens e is more reliant on the pass, even though Stoops seems to be trying to balance out the offense and run more. The Longhorns’ trio gets the upper hand because Texas’ offense is anchored by the run. Its run game is dominant, which has opened up the passing game and is the key to its success. Those three running backs are the source of Texas’ game plan against Oklahoma, and if the Sooners can shut them down, OU will win Saturday. Ross Stracke firstname.lastname@example.org
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