After the coach accepted the Golden Hat trophy that came with their 36-20 win Saturday over the 12th-ranked Sooners, Case McCoy and these Texas seniors especially enjoyed passing around the prize and taking turns putting it atop their heads for the first time.
“I didn’t think I was very emotional at all. I thought I did a great, great job,” Brown said. “Besides that, you all wanted me to be more emotional than I was in the past. I had 97 cameras in my face. ... I thought I was appropriately really happy.”
McCoy threw two touchdowns, 295-pound defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score and the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) ended Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak in the rivalry to give Brown at least a temporary reprieve from all the gloomy talk about his future with the Longhorns.
Brown insisted this victory was special for what it was – finally a win for this senior group over Oklahoma, a 3-0 start in Big 12 play and the possibility of a league title and BCS game still in their future.
NO. 2 OREGON 45, NO. 16 WASHINGTON 24
In Seattle, Marcus Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, added another 88 yards and a TD rushing, and Oregon won its 10th in a row over its rivals to the north.
Mariota completed 24 of 31 passes, and ran another 13 times.
He threw touchdowns of 4 yards to Bralon Addison and a 65-yarder to Josh Huff on the first possession of the second half for the Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12).
Bishop Sankey ran for 167 yards and touchdowns of 60 and 25 yards for Washington (4-2, 1-2), but had a costly first-half fumble.
The Huskies closed to 21-14 on the first drive of the second half when Sankey burst 60 yards on fourth-and-1, but Mariota answered by dropping his long TD pass to Huff.
UTAH 27, NO. 5 STANFORD 21
In Salt Lake City, Utah’s defense made a goal-line stand in the final minute and Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes to their biggest upset at home.
This marked the first time in school history the Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) have knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
It also ended a 13-game winning streak by Stanford.
NO. 15 BAYLOR 35, KANSAS STATE 25
In Manhattan, Kan., Bryce Petty threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns, Ahmad Dixon made a critical interception late in the fourth quarter and No. 15 Baylor held on to beat Kansas State 35-25 on Saturday.
PENN STATE 43, NO. 18 MICHIGAN (4OT)
In State College, Pa., Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past Michigan in maybe the biggest win in coach Bill O’Brien’s two seasons with the Nittany Lions.
WISCONSIN 35, NO. 19 NORTHWESTERN 6
In Madison, Wis.,Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon ran for a 71-yard touchdown and Chris Borland led a fierce defense that figured out Northwestern’s high-octane offense in a Badgers’ victory.
The Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had seven sacks before a raucous homecoming weekend crowd.
NO. 20 TEXAS TECH 42, IOWA STATE 35
In Lubbock, Texas, backup quarterback Davis Webb threw for three touchdowns and 415 yards in place of the injured Baker Mayfield to lead Texas Tech to victory.
NO. 23 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 27, AKRON 20
In De Kalb, Ill., Jordan Lynch threw for two TDs and ran for another as Northern Illinois ran its home winning streak to 23 games.