The rivalry between the Longhorns and the Sooners started before Oklahoma was even an official state. In 1900, Oklahoma was a “territory” and neither school had a mascot. UT’s team was simply called Varsity. The first UT victory was a lopsided 28-2.
The Oklahoma men played a very good game, but they had weak points and the Varsity men found this out, and proceeded to take advantage of them. – Austin-American Statesman
In the late 1970s, the rivalry between schools was overshadowed by the intense rivalry between Barry Switzer and Darrell K. Royal. Switzer had become OU’s head coach in the 1973 season. That rivalry came to a head in 1976, when both coaches said the other had spied on practices (way before Spygate, though actually closer to Watergate). That 1976 game was also attended by U.S. President Gerald Ford. Ford made an appearance with Royal and Switzer before the game. Switzer and Royal both spoke to Ford, but not to each other. The game ended in a 6–6 tie. It was Royal’s final Red River Shootout.
Mack Brown’s very first Texas / OU game was as offensive coordinator – with OU! In 1984, Texas entered the game ranked #1, Oklahoma #3 (#2 in some polls). It had rained all morning. The field was so wet, members of the Texas Longhorn Band used it like a giant Slip-and-Slide. From wild weather to wild endings, that game was one for the ages. With 10 seconds remaining, trailing by 3, Texas was driving, and was within field goal range, but decided to take one more shot at the end zone. The ball was intercepted in the end zone, but ruled as an incompletion by officials. Texas kicked the field goal with the final seconds, leading to a 15-15 tie. The Texas quarterback that year was none other than Todd Dodge, current coach of Westlake High School, former coach of Southlake Carroll and the University of North Texas football.
- The game has changed names several times over its history, starting with the Red River Shootout, then the impossible to say Red River Rivalry, to its current title the AT&T Red River Showdown (as of 2014).
- The Texas BBA program was founded in 1916, one year before OU’s business college was established – so UT has been beating OU on and off the field for over 100 years!
- The Texas BBA program is older than the Golden Hat Trophy, the Hook ’em Horns hand sign, Big Tex, and Big Bertha.