DALLAS (AP) -- A couple bad quarters wasn't about to rattle Oklahoma freshman Sam Bradford -- and neither were the Texas Longhorns.
Facing a tough foe in a hostile setting, Bradford looked as at ease as he did in his record-setting first few games against outmatched teams, throwing for three touchdowns and hardly making a mistake to steer No. 10 Oklahoma past No. 19 Texas 28-21 in their annual grudge match Saturday.
Bradford was 21-of-32 for 244 yards with plenty of poise and patience, helping the Sooners (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) rebound from a second-half meltdown against Colorado and end a two-game losing streak against the Longhorns (4-2, 0-2).
Because both teams were coming off losses, the stakes of this 102nd meeting were a little different than usual. National title hopes took a back seat to survival in the conference race. Oklahoma left with both a leg up in the Big 12 South and the satisfaction of dropping Texas to 0-2 in conference play for the first time since 1956, the year before Darrell Royal arrived.
The Longhorns -- who were ranked seventh before a 20-point loss to Kansas State last weekend -- could be in jeopardy of ending a 114-week stint in the AP poll, the longest in the country.
The Sooners have to be thinking they're in for a long stay in the poll considering Bradford is only six games into what may be a special career.
Updated on Saturday