Red River Rivalry Week, Day 1 – Stonie Clark’s Goal Line Stop

“With old rivalries come new traditions.” Not sure if any coach or fan has ever said that phrase before, or if I just made it up myself, but for the sake of this article, let’s just say it’s true.

For this week, Tradition Tuesday is becoming OU week where a new video will be posted each day highlighting an incredible play that lead to a Texas victory in one of the nation’s longest and most heated rivalries.

October 8, 1994 – (No. 15) Texas 17 vs. (No. 16) Oklahoma 10

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In a match-up where rankings were eerily similar to the upcoming 2012 showdown, the Longhorns faced much adversity before the game even began. Redshirt freshman James Brown made the first start of his career after Shea Morenz was injured the week before in a 34-31 loss to No. 4 Colorado.

The first half saw little action as OU took a 7-0 lead into the locker room, but after halftime, Brown made his statement. After a Phil Dawson field goal, Brown rushed for a 9-yard TD to take the lead. Soon after, he hurled a 2-yd pass to Pat Fitzgerald to take a 17-7 lead in the beginning of the fourth quarter and put the Sooners on their heels.

However, there’s a reason OU recruits 85 percent of its team from the state of Texas. Oklahoma settled for a chip-shot 22-yarder to cut the ‘Horn’s lead to a mere touchdown, and then with hardly anytime left, they saw themselves in a first and goal situation from the 5 with less than two minutes left.

After the first three plays stalled, OU was faced with a fourth-and-goal from UT’s 3-yard line. Quarterback Garrick McGee started to option right but instead handed the ball on a reverse to 5’ 10,” 190 lb. RB James Allen, who met 6’ 1,” 343 lb. (yes, 343 lb.) Stonie Clark. Needless to say, size won the battle.

In other words, if a Chevy Tahoe were to get in a head-on with a Chrysler PT Cruiser, we’d imagine that the burnt orange, classier, higher academic standard Tahoe that leads the all-time series by almost 20 games would win. But hey, not all Gamedayrs are physics majors.

Nevertheless, Texas would win this defensive struggle, 17-10. The Longhorns would then go on to lose to Rice the next week on a Sunday and beat future-coach Mack Brown’s North Carolina Tar Heels in the ’94 Sun Bowl to end the season.

A lot of weird elements in that last sentence but honest to God, they’re all true.

For James Brown, though, this was just the beginning of his story, as he would go on to be Texas’ all-time leading passer and take part in some other heroics, like the 1996 Roll Left play (but that’s a Tradition Tuesday for another week).

Video: The Complete Goal Line Stand

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