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Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners: Mike Leach, Red River

Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach is a good football coach, who can be tough on his players.

The former coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders can also be funny, candid and clever.

On Wednesday, a story published by ESPN’s Jake Trotter proves that last characteristic very well.

Back in 1999, Leach was an assistant coach at Oklahoma. That year, the Sooners were underdogs heading into the Red River Showdown against Texas.

So, Leach decided to try and level the playing field with a bit of trickery. What started as a joke became a reality when Leach decided to have one of his players leave a fake offensive play sheet on the field before the game.

Leach has mentioned the anecdote before, but Trotter’s story reveals that Longhorns defensive coordinator Carl Reese and his staff really bought the rouse.

The result?

A very confused Longhorns’ defense went down 17-0 in the first quarter before the team ultimately rallied back for a 38-28 win.

Seth Littrell, who is currently the head coach at North Texas, played fullback for the Sooners and was one of the few players who knew about the plan.

Meanwhile, Texas head coach Tom Herman was actually a graduate assistant for the Longhorns at that time.

Will we see more trickery on Saturday when the Longhorns and Sooners play for the 113th time in the Red River Rivalry’s history?

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