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Oklahoma has historic offensive day against Texas

October 8, 2016: Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the game between Oklahoma and Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire)
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The Oklahoma Sooners had a historic Saturday afternoon for reasons beyond knocking off the Texas Longhorns, 45-40, avenging their only regular season loss from the 2015 season. For the first time in school history, they had a 300-yard passer, a 200-yard receiver and a 200-yard rusher all in the same game. It was also the fifth such instance in FBS history.

Junior quarterback Baker Mayfield went 22-for-31, throwing for 390 yards – an Oklahoma record for the Red River Showdown game – and three touchdowns in the Sooners’ victory.

All three of the touchdowns tossed by Mayfield were caught by senior wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who caught 10 passes for 232 yards in the Oklahoma win. Entering the game, Westbrook had just 312 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the team’s first four games. Stepping up in place of departed wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who is often to a strong start with the New York Giants in the NFL, Westbrook was the only Sooner to reel in more than three catches on Saturday.

On the ground, junior running back Samaje Perine carried the load for the Sooners. Normally splitting carries in some capacity alongside Joe Mixon, Perine was the bell cow on Saturday, carrying the ball 35 times for 214 yards as well as two touchdowns. Entering the game, he had rushed for only 247 yards all season through the team’s first four games.

The Sooners have now scored at least 45 points in each of their three wins to start the season. Up next, they will return home to take on Kansas State on Oct. 15.

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