DALLAS -- They were visibly hanging their heads, the young, embarrassed members of the Texas secondary. They weren't just beaten time after time Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, they became unwilling witnesses to the phenomenon known as style points.
That's what it's down to now, right? Alabama is getting magazine covers. LSU is getting compared to Alabama. All Oklahoma has done since debuting at No. 1 in both polls is drop to No. 3 in AP and lose the media war.
So why not take advantage of a secondary that isn't ready for prime time, much less an 11 a.m. start in the Red River Shootout. Oklahoma's Landry Jones made sure the two sophomores and one true freshman who populate the regular defensive back rotation had their self-confidence sawed in half.
Then the third quarter started.
Yes, it was that bad in an Oklahoma victory that should at least keep it in the running for the national championship (sarcasm added). It should also have those Longhorns questioning how much real progress they've made this season. After a gutty one-point win over BYU and a fulfilling win at UCLA, found itself in the top 10.
Oklahoma punched more holes in the comeback attempt than it forced turnovers. And there were more than a few of them.
Last year at this time Quandre Diggs was at Angleton (Texas) High School. On the game's first play, OU's Ryan Broyles caught a sideline pass, turned and breezed past Diggs, now a Texas freshman corner, for a 40-yard gain.
With 31 seconds left in the first half, Oklahoma's Kenny Stills caught his second touchdown after bewildering Texas sophomore Adrian Phillips.
This secondary may be good someday. It wasn't Saturday. Perhaps there is consultant work in its future for LSU or Alabama on how to beat Oklahoma. Paid or unpaid, ask Ohio State.
Even in the second week of October, the season seems to be coming down to that. Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma have separated themselves from the college football pack. You better believe Sooners veteran coordinator Brent Venables wanted to make a statement with his defense. It took apart Texas' two-headed quarterback (David Ash and Case McCoy) enough to make you wonder if the Longhorns have made that much progress at all from last season's 5-7 debacle.
At least you could catch all the highlights on the Longhorn Network.