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Oklahoma's football team scored touchdowns on four straight possessions in the second quarter, and after apparently taking control, held off a late TCU rally to beat the Horned Frogs 52-46 on Saturday, October 1, at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Sooners got the ball first and turned it over on the first play, as Baker Mayfield had the ball knocked loose by Denzel Johnson, and Travin Howard recovered for the Horned Frogs at the OU 18-yard line.

It took TCU just one play to capitalize, as Kenny Hill passed over the middle to Jaelan Austin for a touchdown and a 7-0 TCU lead less than a minute into the game.

The Sooners defense responded with their own big play later in the quarter, as Steven Parker intercepted Hill, returning it 12 yards to the TCU 18.

It set up OU in great field position and the Sooners converted, with Mayfield scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:39 to play in the first quarter.

TCU responded to regain the lead.

Kenny Hill found Taj Williams deep for a gain of 40, setting up a 3-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Cole Hunt, giving the Frogs a 14-7 lead with 5:29 to play in the first quarter.

TCU added to the lead when Hill threw to Kyle Hicks, who broke several tackles on his way to a 61-yard touchdown and a 21-7 Frogs lead with 2:42 to play in the first quarter.

The Sooners moved the ball late in the first quarter, and on the first play of the second quarter, Mayfield kept for a 9-yard touchdown, cutting the TCU lead to 21-14.

Oklahoma tied it up on their next possession, with Samaje Perine scoring on an 8-yard touchdown run with 11:18 to play in the first half.

Perine had 98 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns.

The Sooners next drive produced their third straight touchdown, with Mayfield passing to a wide open Dede Westbrook on a flea flicker for a 67-yard touchdown to put OU on top 28-21 with 7:21 to play in the first half.

After another OU defensive stop, the Sooners added to the lead.

Mayfield zipped a pass over the middle to Westbrook for a 40-yard touchdown and the OU lead was 35-21 with 3:30 to play in the second quarter.

Mayfield was 23 of 30 passing for 274 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Westbrook had 7 catches for 158 yards.

Oklahoma got the ball back with under two minutes to play, but Mayfield was sacked and fumbled, with Tipa Galeai recovering for the Horned Frogs at the OU 35-yard line.

That set up a Brandon Hatfield 23-yard field goal to end the first half, making it 35-24 Sooners.

OU running back Joe Mixon got in on the act early in the second half, gaining 65 yards on a run to the TCU 2-yard line, then scoring from there on the next play to extend the Sooners' lead to 42-24 with 12:20 to play in the third quarter.

Mixon led OU with 105 yards on 16 carries.

The Oklahoma running game ground out the next score, going 58 yards in 13 plays, with Perine scoring from a yard out to make it 49-24 Sooners with 4:11 to play in the third quarter.

TCU finally got their first second half points early in the fourth quarter on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Taj Williams, cutting the OU lead to 49-31 with 14:29 to play.

Williams had 5 catches for 210 yards and 2 scores.

After a stop on defense, the Horned Frogs got the ball back and drove to another score.

Hill passed to Emanuel Porter for a gain of 37 to the OU 2-yard line, then two plays later, Hicks scored on a 2-yard run to make it 49-38 Sooners with 8:08 to play.

The Frogs defense forced an OU punt after just three downs, then the offense took one play to score.

Hill went deep to a wide open Williams for a 74-yard touchdown, and then TCU got the 2-point conversion on a pass from Hill to Porter to make it 49-46 Oklahoma with still 5:36 to play.

Hill finished 26 of 44 passing for 449 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The Sooners ate up some clock on their next possession, but had to settle for a 35-yard field goal from Austin Seibert to extend the lead to 52-46 with 1:55 to play.

When they needed a stop, the OU defense responded, as TCU could not make a first down and the Sooners ran out the clock to win 52-46.

The Sooners improve to 2-2 on the season, and next up will face Texas next Saturday at 11:00 am in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.