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'Horns down' could jeopardize big game for Sooners

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Oklahoma players will risk a big penalty if they flash the "horns down" sign that fan Barry Bowker displays. (KTEN) Oklahoma players will risk a big penalty if they flash the "horns down" sign that fan Barry Bowker displays. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- What kind of age are we living in where you can't poke fun at the competition?

Well, there will be no more "horns down" hand signs permitted at Texas-OU football games... at least Oklahoma players will be prohibited from making the tried and true gesture at Saturday's rematch for all the marbles -- a Big 12 championship.

It will be the first time these two teams have played each other twice in the same season in more a century.

"It's strange to have it this time, particularly at this time of the year anyway, and particularly where it's at, too -- down at Dallas stadium," said Ardmore resident Ralph Hodges.

The first matchup in October was one for the ages -- a 48-45 thriller with the Longhorns coming out on top.

You didn't have to look far to see both Sooner fans and players putting the horns down that day. But OU players are now on notice that a replay of that gesture on Saturday could cost OU an unsportsmanlike penalty.

"The two teams have played each other for a long time. It's part of the game," Ardmore resident Barry Bowker said. "The flip side of it? I wonder if there will be celebration penalties when the Texas players hold the 'hook 'em horns' sign up?"

"If they give the horns down, you know, it's football and it's all in fun," added Ardmore resident Doug Rose.

In a game where just a few key plays could decide the final score, some believe a penalty for a hand gesture could make the difference.

"You would hate to see that affect the outcome of the game, especially since there's been a long rivaled tradition," Bowker said. "I'm sure the coaches will handle that with the players, and they'll be well aware of it."

While the Sooners failed to nab the Golden Hat in October, Oklahoma fans are hoping for some different hardware this weekend: A Big 12 championship trophy.

Not surprisingly, the fans we found in Carter County have a singular vision of the outcome.

"I'm going to say 50-20 OU," Rose said.

"Sooners all the way!" Bowker added.

If you can't make it to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, you can watch the big game on ABC Texoma, Channel 10.3, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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