Facts about the 109th AT&T Red River Showdown
The Texas Longhorns will meet the Oklahoma Sooners for the 109th time Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. The Red River Showdown will air nationally on ABC at 11 a.m. Central.
Jerseys: The two teams alternate as hosts of the game and the Sooners are the home team this year. Texas will wear white jerseys and be seated on the visitor bench (east/opposite press box side).
Big-Time Rivalry: There is no rivalry quite like the Texas/Oklahoma series. The series, which began in 1900, has been played in Dallas since 1912 and at the Cotton Bowl since 1929. Dallas’ Cotton Bowl is located an equal distance from Austin and Norman, Okla. The stadium is split evenly among Longhorn and Sooner fans at the 50-yard line. It is the second-oldest UT series and tied for the 19th most-played rivalry in NCAA history. Only Texas A&M has met Texas on more occasions (117 times). Since 1900, the only years Texas and Oklahoma have not met were 1918, ‘20, ‘21 and 1924-28. The series resumed in 1929 at the State Fair of Texas and has remained a fixture since. This is the 92nd meeting in Dallas between the teams.
The Texas-OU Series: Texas and Oklahoma first met in 1900 in Austin with the Longhorns registering a 28-2 victory. Texas holds a 60-43-5 series lead, including a 48-39-4 edge in Dallas. The teams have split the last 10 meetings. UT is the only Big 12 Conference team that holds an all-time series lead against the Sooners.
Traditional Powers: Texas and Oklahoma are two of the seven winningest programs in NCAA history based on total wins and winning percentage. The Longhorns rank seventh in all-time winning percentage (.714), while Oklahoma is fourth (.720). Texas currently ranks third in all-time wins (see chart below) and Oklahoma stands sixth. Texas has played in 52 bowl games and Oklahoma has made 47 bowl appearances.
Sold Out: This year’s game is expected to be the 69th consecutive sellout at the Cotton Bowl (92,100).
Lights, Camera, Action: ABC is broadcasting this year’s game, which marks the 62nd time the Texas/Oklahoma matchup will be televised. ABC will be carrying the game for the 23rd time in the past 24 years. FOX Sports Southwest’s telecast of the 1998 game snapped a string of seven consecutive contests carried by ABC. Forty-three UT/OU games have been network telecasts. The first-ever television appearance came in 1948 when a Fort Worth station carried the game live. Excluding OU television probation years (1974-75 and ‘89), the game is being televised for the 38th year in a row.
Off to the Fair: The Texas/Oklahoma game is once again a part of a state festival with the State Fair of Texas surrounding the event. That continues a tradition which began in 1929. That year, the game was played in an old wooden structure called Fair Park Stadium, which was located on what is now a parking lot at Fair Park. A new stadium, also named Fair Park Stadium, was built in 1930 and renamed in 1936 as the Cotton Bowl. The name change came about because, at the time, Dallas was the largest interior spot cotton market in the world.
The Golden Hat: To the victor goes the Golden Hat, a rotating trophy representing the winner of the Texas/Oklahoma contest. It’s a gold cowboy hat mounted on a large block of wood and it has been a part of the series since the State Fair of Texas donated it in 1941. The only change has been the actual color. When it first arrived, it was known as the “Bronze Hat” and actually was bronze. When that hat was reworked in the 1970s, it came out gold, hence it is now officially known as the Golden Hat.
Governor’s Cup: The Governor’s Cup is exchanged by the Governors of Texas and Oklahoma following the AT&T Red River Showdown. The tradition started when Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe donated the trophy, and each year it is transported from the office of the previous year’s winning Governor to Dallas. It is displayed in the Hall of State on game day and then transported to the office of that year’s winning Governor after it has received its engraving.
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