Billy Sims restated his priorities today after the University of Texas fenced him in and the Longhorns showed Oklahoma how to play offense with a 16-7 victory in the Cotton Bowl.
To a question as to whether he thought he had hurt his chances of winning a second straight Heisman Trophy, Sims replied: "I don't care. I have one already. We still have a chance to win the Big Eight Conference and the Orange Bowl -- that's what matters."
Sims, who came into the game leading the nation with 66 points, committed a costly fumble and was held to 75 yards on 20 carries in the battle of unbeatens watched by a crowd of 72,032 and a national TV audience.
Sims' string of 13 straight 100-yard-plus rushing games was also ended. A. J. (Jam) Jones of Texas gained 127 yards on 31 carries and caught a pass for 37 yards as the Longhorns rolled up 350 yards to 158 for the Sooners.
Sophomore John (Mr. Goodfoot) Goodson kicked three field goals for the fourth time this season as No. 4-ranked Texas made its bid to move past No. 3-ranked Oklahoma.
Quarterback Donnie Little of Texas passed two yards to tight end Steve Hall for a touchdown in the second quarter after Oklahoma's J. C. Watts threw an 11-yard pass to fullback Stanley Wilson in the first quarter.
Texas then turned over the job to its defensive unit, tops in the nation in fewest yards allowed.
The Sooners scored their touchdown after Johnnie Johnson of the Longhorns fumbled a point and caught a foot in the artificial surface when he tried to recover the ball. Ken Sitton of Ohlahoma pounced on the ball and ran to the Texas 10-yard line.
Sooner fullback Wilson broke loose on a quick-opener 47 yards to the Texas 28-yard line in the third period, but the Longhorns held Sims to a yard on third and three at the Texas 21 and John Hoge missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt.
Sims had his longest gain in the fourth quarter, 16 yards on a pitchout to the right. But on the next play, a pitchout to the left, Sims was tackled vigorously by linebacker Chuck Holloway and fumbled, and defensive end Tim Campbell recovered for Texas on the Oklahoma 30.
Jam Jones of the Longhorns exploited the error by Sims on the next play be rambling 19 yards, and Goodson kicked his first field goal for Texas.
The Longhorns had a big opportunity in the third quarter when Watts was intercepted by defensive tackle Bill Acker at the Oklahoma 22.
But when it came up fourth and one at the Sooners' 13, the Sooners stopped running back LeRoy King for no gain and Oklahoma took over on downs.
Texas got off 66 running plays to 40 for Oklahoma and maintained possession of the ball for 38 minutes 54 seconds to 21 minutes 6 seconds for the Sooners.
The Longhorns averaged 4.9 yards on first-down plays, the Sooners 1.8 yards, and Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer said, "The Texas offense placed too much pressure on our defense all day, and kept our backs against the wall. Our defense gave up too much on first down, which let to a lot of seconds-and-fives."
Jam Jones said, "It was a hell of a game. I felt like we would be able to control the ball on them, and we did."
Added Texas defensive tackle Steve McMichael, "I think the big thing was the fact that they were playing with an inexperienced offensive line. We were running around their blocks, trying to disrupt them. That was our defense today. God almighty, our offense might not have scored much, but they held the ball an awfully long time. We were rested on defense and ready to go because of that."
Texas Coach Fred Akers commented, "We're out to win and improve, not put up high scores. Our offense today wasn't an accident. We'ew been moving the ball well all year. I would rather have touchdowns than field goals, but weren't those nice today?"
Goodson, who kicks soccer style and barefooted, was a walk-on candidate for the team as a freshman but was given a scholarship and his nickname of "Mr. Goodfoot" after the second this season.