This year's Red River Rivalry holds different significance for Longhorns, Sooners

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on October 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 12 at 9:16 AM

DALLAS -- This year’s Texas-OU game has taken on a different dimension as Longhorns Head Coach Mack Brown needs to win to keep fans and boosters off his back.

At 3-2, Brown is on a mission to win and maybe even save his job.

“It’s really more about us right now and getting things fixed then it is about OU this weekend,” Brown said. “We've got to play better. They've proven they're going to play well and play well in this ball game, and we've got a lot of things we've got to get fixed."

Not so in Oklahoma, where the Sooners are off to a perfect 5-0 start and ready to build on their three-game winning streak over Texas, a mental edge that Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops insists does not exist.

“I don't look at that at all,” Stoops said. “One game, one year to the next, to be they're totally different teams. They are, we are. That's a long time ago now, so in the end, you earn it year to year with what you're doing now.”

There have been some lopsided stretches in this series before.

Oklahoma was very dominant back in the late 80s, but nothing like this recent three-game stretch where the Sooners have outscored the Longhorns by a combined total of 88 points.

“Sometimes you lose a game [and] it brings a little bit more hunger, so we know that guys are going to be hungry to give us their best shot,” said Oklahoma defensive back Aaron Colvin. “We'll be ready as well.”

Oklahoma's senior class is trying to become the third group under Stoops to post a perfect 4-0 record against the Longhorns.

“Obviously, going 4-0 against Texas is very important to all of us,” said Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard. “What it comes down to is, the most important thing is going 6-0 [so far] this year.”

“There is no doubt we're tired of losing to these guys," said Texas quarterback Case McCoy, "and that's something we hear about all year round."

A win on Saturday would change that.

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