Freshman Caleb Williams takes over at QB, ignites Oklahoma offense in 'epic' Red River Showdown comeback

In the fourth quarter, Texas and Oklahoma go back-and-forth. The Sooners win the game with just seconds remaining. (1:59).
Lincoln Riley's switch to quarterback was another Texas-Oklahoma landmark that propelled the sixth-ranked Sooners into a historic comeback.

Texas won the game despite being in a deep hole by the end of the second quarter. Spencer Rattler, OU's quarterback, fumbled while trying to make a play. The No. Three plays later, the No. 21 Longhorns took a lead of 35-17 with 6:41 remaining in the second quarter. After an intercept in the first quarter, Rattler had his second turnover. Foster.

Caleb Williams, a freshman from Oklahoma, was previously used as spot duty. He led the Sooners to a win of 55-48 that marked the first loss by the Longhorns in Texas football's history.

Riley stated that Spencer was seeing things early on that were not on him. "The most important thing for me were the turnovers. The first [interception] was a mental mistake. And the second, the fumble.

Rattler was also dismissed in the Red River Showdown last year, but he returned to lead the Sooners to a win of 53-45 and four overtime. He returned to the Sooners for only one play this year. It was a two-point conversion pass from Drake Stoops to Rattler that tied the game at 41:41 with 7 minutes remaining. This was the first time the Sooners had beaten Texas.

Riley stated that it was similar to the previous year, and that he went with his gut when Williams' offense became hot. "I expected to put him back in. It would have to be the most crucial play of the game.

One year after breaking the record for most points in a match between rivals, the teams set a new record (103), in which a capacity crowd of over 92,000 cheered.

Riley described the scene to be "epic."

He said, "That's why college football has the best rivalry." It was the best setting. It was amazing, man. It was as good as anything I have ever seen."

Williams, who was used in Oklahoma's short-yardage situations, entered the game on fourth-and-1 in the second quarter. He ran for a touchdown of 66 yards on his first carry. Rattler was back for the Sooners during their next drive.

When Williams returned, Riley's offense was rekindled by his explosive play. Williams' 300 total yards of offense against Texas was the highest by a true freshman. OU's 662 yards total were its third-highest against the Longhorns. Kennedy Brooks ran for a record-breaking 217 yards and three touchdowns. This was the fourth-best individual rushing performance against Texas ever recorded by OU.

Williams was unavailable for interviews and finished the game with 15 of 24 passing for 211 yards, two touchdowns, and four carries for the 88 yard and one score. Rattler was 9 of 16 for 112 yards with an interception and a loss 9 yards on five carries.

Riley stated that he isn't ready to name a starter next week against TCU.

Riley stated that it wouldn't be difficult to give it back Spencer [Saturday]", and Rattler is "unflappable."

He said, "I'm proud their insides, and their guts, and their dedication to this team." "I am proud of the way they handled it."

The Sooners made a remarkable comeback, overcoming a deficit of 28-7 after the first quarter. This was the second largest in program history.

Texas led 38-20 at the halftime. This was its highest score in a regulation half against Oklahoma. It also had 214 yards and 28 point in the first quarter. The Longhorns only managed 171 yards and 10 point in the second period.

Riley stated, "It was a helluva fight." "I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder to be part of a team."

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.