It doesn’t really matter if Texas is involved in a game at this point. If Oklahoma is playing, you’re probably going to see someone throw a “Horns Down” at some point.
The celebration/taunt of Texas has transcended the Red River Rivalry, where it was born. West Virginia and its fans now throw it up with glee. LSU players got in on it during their game at Texas in September. Sooners in the NFL make it part of their on-field reunions. Even athletes in completely different sports love the Horns Down.
It became something of a controversy over the off-season, as the Big 12 struggled to articulate how Horns Down may play into the league’s taunting rules. It hasn’t stopped the proliferation of the gesture.
At today’s Big 12 Championship Game between Oklahoma and Baylor, one excited Sooners fan is going viral for his use of Horns Down in the stands.
Oklahoma is playing Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game. pic.twitter.com/NJBvjmmN2M
— Bob Ballou (@BobBallouSports) December 7, 2019
Again, it doesn’t particularly matter that Texas went 7-5 this year, or that Oklahoma, and not Texas, has been the dominant team in the conference since the mid-2000s. Everyone loves to hate on Texas, especially Oklahoma.
Of course, Texas fans try and argue this just points out their outsized importance in the sport.
college football is a great sport because this is a thread of Texas fans gleefully pointing out that their team is not currently playing in the championship game their rival is playing in, as evidence that they are the bigger team in the rivalry https://t.co/gR725tenCy
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) December 7, 2019
Try as Texas and, at times, the Big 12 may, Horns Down isn’t going anywhere. This may not even be the final instance we see on camera today, especially if Oklahoma holds on to win this game.
OU is up 20-13 on Baylor at the start of the fourth quarter.