What’s up, Sooner Nation? Today’s the final day of June, which means there are 63 days left in our Countdown to Kickoff! Now, most of us have a favorite game or moment from years of following the Oklahoma Sooners. One of those magical moments that many OU fans recollect fondly happened on October 7th, 2000. On that day, the Oklahoma Sooners blew out, beat down, and straight up massacred the Texas Longhorns in a 63-14 Red River Rout.
In Bob Stoops’ second year at the helm, Oklahoma was on a mission when it stepped foot inside the Cotton Bowl that day. Quarterback Josh Heupel and the No. 10 Sooners were 4-0 on the season but largely untested, and the guys knew Oklahoma hadn’t beaten Texas since 1996. That’s far too long, but the wait only made the result that much sweeter.
Meanwhile, Mack Brown was in just his third season as the Texas head coach, and his No. 11 Longhorns came into the meeting with a 3-1 record after losing a close one to Stanford in Week 2. Still, the epic showdown at the Texas State Fair was highly anticipated with the college football world watching.
It didn’t take long for this one to get ugly, as the scoreboard read 42-0 in the first half before UT finally discovered the end zone. In fact, Oklahoma’s six touchdowns were one more than the number of Texas first downs. It was a complete nightmare for UT QB Major Applewhite and the Longhorn offense. Linebackers and team captains Rocky Calmus and Torrance Marshall led the way for the stifling Sooner defense, and Calmus even joined the scoring festivities with a 41-yard pick-six in the second quarter.
The Longhorn faithful were sick to their stomachs, and it wasn’t because of the delicious fried food.
In games like this, every Sooner has to play well, but if there was one player who shined as brightly as anybody, it was fan-favorite running back Quentin Griffin. Griffin, the diminutive tailback with the heart of a lion, put on a scoring clinic when Oklahoma reached the red zone. In the first half, Griffin toted the rock over the plane on three separate occasions.
It might as well have been an instant replay after the half, because Griffin found the end zone three more times for a grand total of six TD’s. That mark still stands today as the most rushing touchdowns in a single game in program history.
There were just some many memorable plays in this one, many of which occurred while the Sooners were on defense. Rocky Calmus’ one-armed pick-six was obviously glorious, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Michael Thomson’s strip at about the 5:30 mark of the above video. That one just sort of encapsulated how dominant OU was that day.
The win would prove to be the start of Oklahoma’s longest winning streak over Texas since the ‘71-’75 stretch. At the time, 63 points was the highest mark either team had ever scored in the history of the rivalry. In 2003, Oklahoma broke that record with 65 points, and scored 63 once again in 2012.
This memorable Bevo bludgeoning was also the beginning of Oklahoma’s ‘Red October’. The Sooners faced No. 11 Texas, No. 2 Kansas State, and No. 1 Nebraska in succession. As the story goes, Oklahoma would make it through October unscathed with total control of the nation’s No. 1 ranking. From that point on, the 2000 Sooners would never relinquish their top spot en route to the program’s seventh national championship.
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