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The newly minted Red River Conference saw its first games played on the weekend – a 57-12 win for Oklahoma over Baylor and a 27-0 defeat of TCU for Texas. The new league was scheduled to kick off earlier this month, but the first two games were either rescheduled or canceled.
In Waco, the Sooners dominated the day, and senior center Michael Al-Jiboori led the way with three tries. Grant Clancy dotted down two more, and Trevon Barnes another. Thomas Chinellato converted all six tries.
“The team we took to Waco was probably the greenest we have had all season,” said OU coach Jason Horowitz.
“However, the work in the preseason and camp certainly paid off for the guys today. We still need some work in the set piece and decision making in the open field, but the freshmen and new players performed well. Overall happy with the performance. Our backs were on point and followed up the possession transition well.”
Up next for the Sooners is a meeting with Texas A&M in Norman, Okla. Saturday.
In Fort Worth, Texas, the Longhorns led 15-0 at halftime and piled up 12 more points around the 60-minute mark to beat the Horned Frogs. Scoring was a team effort, with five different players dotting down tries.
The TCU game was the first of the season for the Longhorns’ first side, as an earlier meeting with Texas Tech was canceled, so they were a little rusty, but still managed to get the job done.
“As far as what we’re trying to do, we were at 30- or 40-percent. The guys played hard,” said Texas coach Chris Hopps.
“We didn’t keep shape very well. We got lucky they didn’t spread the ball a couple of times, but when there was contact, we did a good job of being aggressive and making our tackles and really digging in. As far as us doing things, it was just a gritty, grimy win. It was just a case of us going at them really hard and kind of giving them consistent effort, even if it was imprecise, and that led to points throughout the game.”
Standing out in the tackling department was Robert Gilmore, an Irish addition to the team. Gilmore played front row growing up, but finds himself in the centers after weight loss.
“He was able to get through a lot of work in the midfield. He made a lot of tackles, was really physical, and he ran pretty hard,” said Hopps of Gilmore. “I was pleased and encouraged by his performance.”
The Red River Conference is essentially the old Big XII-South, minus Oklahoma State and plus Texas A&M, so it presents students the opportunity to play the same schools their varsity colleagues do, which is an exciting development in Texas.
“Down in Texas everything’s a rivalry, so every time we play a team from Texas it’s going to be a big rivalry, and obviously Oklahoma is a rivalry as well,” said Hopps, “so there’s no weeks off, and I think we get everybody’s best shot, so the guys are excited about the challenge for sure.”
Up next for Texas is a tussle with Baylor Friday in Austin. Oct. 10 is the date of the conference’s namesake rivalry game in Dallas between the Sooners and Longhorns.