By Matthew Girard
Killeen Daily Herald
DALLAS – Oklahoma wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias' final Red River Rivalry game didn't exactly end up the way he would have liked, but the former Killeen High standout did what he could to give the No. 1-ranked Sooners a chance in their 45-35 loss to No. 5 Texas at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.
Iglesias finished the day with seven catches for 92 yards, with two of his catches setting up Oklahoma (5-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) scores.
"It was exciting," Iglesias said after the game. "You have to cherish every game you play because there are only so many that you get to play. We played hard, but they (Texas) did a good job and you have to give all the credit to them."
The 6-foot-1, 201-pound senior had just three catches in the first half, but his 18-yard reception with 13:28 left in the second quarter gave the Sooners the ball at the Texas 8-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Sam Bradford's pass was tipped and wound up in the hands of receiver Ryan Broyles, who made a circus catch in the end zone to give Oklahoma a 14-3 lead.
Iglesias was shut out in the third quarter by Texas defensive back Justin Tucker, but Bradford found him again with 12:19 left in the game and Texas leading 30-28.
On third-and-14 from the Texas 40, Bradford found Iglesias cutting across the middle. Iglesias made the reception and wound up on the Texas 14 for the first down to keep the Sooners' drive alive.
On the next play, Bradford hit Manuel Johnson for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Sooners the lead again, 35-30.
Although the Sooners wouldn't score again, Iglesias said he was just trying to make a play every time he touched the ball.
"We just try to make the plays that come to us and whereever the ball goes, it goes," Iglesias said. "We have a lot of playmakers on the team and we have to spread the ball around, and the catches I had were good."
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said the Longhorn defense was the difference in the Sooners' passing game.
"I think they are awfully good," Wilson said. "Defensively, they did some stuff that got us into some more one-back sets. We tried to take advantage of some of their man-to-man in the passing game and didn't run it well and probably didn't run it enough."
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