Even though the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners will play for a second time in the same season for the first time since 1903 in Saturday’s Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington at AT&T Stadium, the Golden Hat won’t be on the line, according to Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte:
The winner of the Red River Showdown traditionally keeps the Golden Hat until the next game between the two rivals in the Cotton Bowl the following year. The golden replica of a 10-gallon cowboy hat was created in 1929 when the two schools signed a 10-year deal to play at the State Fair of Texas. Originally known as the Bronze Hat, it came out gold when it was reworked in the 1970s.
Texas earned possession of that Golden Hat at least until October 12, 2019 with a 48-45 victory over Oklahoma courtesy of a late field goal by freshman kicker Cameron Dicker. The iconic moment by the local product came after the Sooners erased a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Regardless of what happens next Saturday, however, the Golden Hat will remain in Austin.