Russell Erxleben kicked a field goal for Texas and von Schamann had one, too, with one second to go in the half, making it 17-3. But more indicative of Oklahoma's superiority was the 116-yard bulge it held in rushing yardage, 174-58.
In the third quarter, Linebacker Daryl Hunt picked off a Little pass and the Sooners scored again on the subsequent 11-play, 53-yard drive when Lott threw another strike. This one went for 24 yards to Bobby Kimball in the end zone. It was further evidence that Lott, who was wearing a bandanna depicting a Colonial horseman—one of 70 he uses to keep his hair from getting dirty and the ends from being split—is coming of age as a wishbone passer. The rap on Lott for more than two years has been that he can't throw, which causes Switzer to grump, "That's not true. Besides, they never complain when a passing quarterback can't run." Lott ran for 32 yards and passed for 77 before he had to leave the game with a sprained ankle.
Later in the third quarter, Johnny (Lam) Jones got Texas' only touchdown when he went 25 yards on a flanker around. But Texas was finding life without Earl Campbell most difficult. Addressing that problem on the eve of the game, Texas Coach Fred Akers had said, "Well, not having Earl means we're balanced. That's one advantage. But there's no way any coach would say he's better off without an Earl Campbell." In truth, Texas was better balanced. That is, more people shared in not getting much of anything. Little carried 17 times for 33 yards; Johnny (Ham) Jones carried 17 times for 34 and LeRoy King nine times for 42.
Oklahoma scored for the last time in the fourth quarter after another interception, this one by Linebacker George Cumby. But, as in Kenny King's opening-quarter run, the price for six points was high. J. C. Watts, who had come in for the injured Lott, threw a 22-yard pass to Split End Steve Rhodes, who made a brilliant catch on the one—and severely bruised his shoulder. Three plays later, Overstreet ran the ball in with the aid of the block by Sims. That block may just personify the Sooners' new all-out style, because Sims rates the thrill of running interference somewhere below being run over by a bus.
On the way back to Norman, Switzer was lauding his defense, praising his offense, fretting about injuries and observing, "We played just as hard against Texas last year when we lost as we did this year when we won. In this game, you have to realize that occasionally you're going to lose again." But for the Sooners that dreadful time looks to be a good way down the field as they continue to fill the lives of Oklahoma football fans with wins.