Jordan Shipley took the kickoff, started up the middle of the field and broke right to find open space.
Behind the Texas receiver, 45,000 fans in burnt orange rose to
their feet in unison and the roar from the crowd seemed to push him
forward. Ahead of him, about 45,000 screaming Oklahoma fans gasped
and went quiet by the time he reached the end zone.
The touchdown return jump-started a big Texas rally as the
Longhorns rolled to a 45-35 victory over their border rivals last
season. It also started Shipley on a play-making streak that's
still running strong going into Saturday's Longhorns-Sooners
rematch at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
The sixth-year senior has excelled at catching passes, returning
kicks and coming up with game-changing plays at the most crucial
time for No. 3 Texas (5-0, 2-0 Big 12).
The No. 20 Sooners (3-2, 1-0) have seen just about enough of
Shipley's Superman routine. But opponents haven't found a way to
stop him yet this season.
His 47 catches put him on pace to smash the school single-season
record of 100 set by Kwame Cavil in 1999. He's also returned two
punts for touchdowns.