Sooners’ Run Game Leads Way in Win at TCU

Oklahoma's football team used a powerful running game and some timely passing to beat  TCU 52-27 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday.

Oklahoma rushed for 323 yards and gained nearly 7 yards a carry, with two backs rushing for over 100 yards, as the Sooners bounced back from the loss to Texas with their 18th straight win in a true road game.

After forcing TCU to punt on the opening possession, the Sooners marched 84 yards in six plays, with Kyler Murray throwing to a wide open CeeDee Lamb for a 37-yard touchdown to give OU a 7-0 lead with 9:16 to play in the first quarter.

Lamb had 91 yards on 5 catches.

TCU immediately answered, with KaVontae Turpin returning the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 9:04 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma responded with a methodical drive, going 70 yards in 14 plays, with OU converting two fourth downs and Trey Sermon capping the drive with a four-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7 Oklahoma with 1:37 to play in the first quarter.

The Sooners added to the lead early in the second quarter, with Kennedy Brooks scoring on a 21-yard touchdown run off an option pitch from Murray to extend OU's lead to 21-7 with 10:46 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma's next possession was another touchdown drive, with Murray passing to Lee Morris for a 9-yard score to cap a 58-yard drive in four plays, highlighted by a 43-yard run by Brooks.

The touchdown made it 28-7 Sooners with 8:25 to play in the second quarter.

TCU finally got their offense going on the next possession, with Michael Collins passing to Turpin for a 43-yard touchdown to cut the OU lead to 28-14 with 7:55 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma had to punt from the end zone on their next possession, and a 25-yard punt return by Turpin gave TCU the ball at OU's 33-yard line.

It took the Horned Frogs just one play to score, as Collins passed deep to Jalen Reagor for the touchdown to cut the Oklahoma lead to 28-21 with 5:00 to play in the first half.

TCU forced another Sooner punt and got a 41-yard field goal from Cole Bunce with 9 seconds left in the first half to cut the Oklahoma lead to 28-24 at halftime.

OU got the ball to start the second half and Austin Seibert kicked a 37-yard field goal to make it 31-24 Sooners with 10:42 to play in the third quarter.

TCU responded with another 41-yard field goal by Bunce to draw within four again, 31-27 with 7:15 to play in the third.

Oklahoma finally got in the end zone again on their next possession, with Murray passing to Morris for a 27-yard touchdown to cap a 75-yard drive, giving the Sooners a 38-27 lead with 4:32 to play in the third quarter.

Murray was 19 of 24 passing for 213 yards, and rushed 9 times for 51 yards.

Bunce missed a 38-yard field goal wide right, then OU punted on their next possession.

Oklahoma started the fourth quarter with a four-play, 71-yard drive, all on the ground, with Brooks picking up 22, 2, and 14 yards, then Sermon finished the drive with a 33-yard touchdown run to extend OU's lead to 45-27 with 12:53 to play in the game.

Brooks finished with 168 yards on 18 carries.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Sermon had to leave the game with an apparent right knee injury.    He did not return.

Sermon had 110 yards on 17 carries.

Later in the quarter, Seibert punted to the TCU 2-yard line, and three plays later, Parnell Motley intercepted Collins, returning it 9 yards to the Frogs' 3-yard line.

Three plays later, Murray threw in the end zone to Carson Meier for a 1-yard touchdown to extend the Sooners' lead to 52-27 with 4:17 to play.

OU outgained TCU in total offense, 536 yards to 275.

The Sooners improved to 6-1 on the season, 3-1 in Big 12 play.

OU hosts Kansas State next Saturday at 2:30 in Norman.