OCT 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin with Oklahoma Sooners players from left including lineman Lane Johnson (69) Tress Way (36) , center Gabe Ikard (64) , running back Trey Millard (33) , quarterback Landry Jones (12) and defensive end David King (90) pose with the golden hat trophy after the game against the Texas Longhorns during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners beat the Longhorns 63-21. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Red River Rivalry Trivia: Bob Stoops Set to Become Winningest OU Coach


If the Oklahoma Sooners beat the Texas Longhorns this Saturday in the Red River Rivalry, it will be the 10th win in the series. That would make Bob Stoops the winningest OU head coach in the series, which celebrates its 108th matchup this year.

Here is some interesting Red River Rivalry trivia heading into the 108th meeting between OU and Texas.

First Meeting: The Sooners and Longhorns first met on the football field in 1900, before Oklahoma was even a state. Texas won that game, 28-2 and then won seven of the first eight meetings, with the exception being 1903 when the two teams tied.

Red River Shootout: The OU vs. Texas yearly game was always referred to as the Red River Shootout, but changed its named in 2005 to the Red River Rivalry thanks to a new sponsorship with AT&T. Originally, it was always a non-conference game, with OU in the Big Eight and Texas in the Southwest Conference. That changed in 1996 when the Big Eight became the Big 12 and Texas joined.

The Golden Hat: The winning prize in the Red River Rivalry game is the Golden Hat. The two teams started playing at the Texas State Fair in Dallas in 1929 and the fair itself donated the Golden Hat to the teams as a trophy to play for. It is a golden replica of a 10-gallong cowboys hat. The first year it was used was 1941.

Overall Record: Texas holds the overall win-loss record in the Red River Rivalry, 59-43-5. Texas won 29 of the first 42 meetings (29-11-2). Since 1948, OU has led the series 32-30-3. Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops all have beat Texas nine times. If Stoops wins this year, he will sit at the top of the OU coaching chain with 10 wins. Former Sooners player turned Longhorns coach Darrell Royal holds the winningest record at 12-7-1. Mack Brown is 6-10.

 

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