Sooners Hold On To Beat TCU

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Oklahoma's football team had a great start, then had to hold on for dear life to beat TCU 28-24 at Owen Field in Norman on Saturday night.

The Sooners clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game against Baylor, and won their 20th straight game in the month of November.

Each team's first three possessions went perfectly for the Sooners, with the defense forcing three three-and-outs and the offense scoring three touchdowns.

Jalen Hurts had a spectrum-covering night, accounting for 318 total yards and four touchdowns, but also committing two critical turnovers that put the outcome of the game in doubt.

Hurts had 173 yards rushing on 28 carries and had two scores, plus was 11-for-21 passing for 145 yards.

Kennedy Brooks added 149 yards rushing on 25 carries, part of OU's rushing total of 366 yards.

OU's defense held TCU to 204 total yards, but the Sooners' three turnovers kept the Horned  Frogs in the game.

OU's defense forced a TCU punt after three plays on the opening possession, then the  Sooner offense went right to work.

Oklahoma went 52 yards in 10 plays, with Jalen Hurts scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run to put OU up 7-0 with 9:20 to play in the first quarter.

After another 3-and-out by TCU, the Sooners doubled their lead.

OU went 65 yards in 5 plays, with Hurts passing to Brayden Willis, who made a leaping catch at the TCU 2-yard line and reached the ball to the pylon for the 20-yard touchdown and it was 14-0 Sooners with 4:35 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma's defense forced their third straight three-and-out on the next series, and then marched to another score early in the second quarter.

OU capped an 81-yard drive in 10 plays with a Hurts 5-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb and it was 21-0 Sooners with 12:56 to play in the first half.

The two teams traded punts, then TCU finally got going on offense.

Max Duggan ran for a gain of 62 yards, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Sewo Olonilua to make it 21-7 OU with 8:31 to play in the second quarter.

Oklahoma's offense then turned the ball over, as Trevon Moehrig knocked the ball away from Sooner receiver Jadon Haselwood and Vernon Scott recovered at the TCU 45-yard line.

That set up a 24-yard field goal by Jonathan Song to cut Oklahoma's lead to 21-10 with 2:41 to play in the first half.

Oklahoma opened the second half by turning the ball over on downs when Hurts slipped while setting up to pass.

TCU then drove 49 yards in 6 plays, with Duggan keeping for an 11-yard touchdown, dragging several Sooners into the end zone to cut the OU lead to 21-17 with 10:15 to play in the third quarter.

The Oklahoma offense responded with their first points since early in the second quarter.

OU went 66 yards in six plays, all of them rushes, with Hurts scoring on a 8-yard touchdown run, also dragging defenders into the end zone to make it 28-17 Sooners with 7:11 to play in the third quarter.

Oklahoma forced a TCU punt and was at the Frogs' 24-yard line when the third quarter ended.

The Sooners were at the TCU 7-yard line threatening to score when Scott intercepted Hurts and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown to cut the Sooner lead to 28-24 with 12:43 to play.

OU was driving and Hurts gained 32 yards, but had the ball stripped out of his hands as he was going down by Nick Bradford, who recovered at the TCU 7-yard line.

Oklahoma's defense responded with a punt after three downs, and the Sooners got the ball back.

On 4th and 1 from the TCU 41-yard line, Rhamondre Stevenson was stopped short and TCU took over.

The Horned Frogs faced 4th and 6 from the OU 40, and Brendan Radley-Hiles intercepted Duggan at the Sooners' 32-yard line.

Oklahoma's offense ran out the clock, getting a spot that seemed to be short of the first down but was ruled good enough for the first to essentially end the game.

Hurts has joined elite company becoming the third quarterback in FBS history to pass for at least 3,000 yards and run for at least 1,000 yards in the first 11 games of the season, joining Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.

Hurts also became the third OU quarterback to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season, joining Jack Mildren in 1971 and Kyler Murray last season.

Oklahoma has won six straight games over TCU and five in a row over the Horned Frogs in Norman.

The win was Oklahoma's 400th all-time win at home.

OU's win clinches their third straight trip to the Big 12 Championship  Game, giving the Sooners a chance at a fifth straight conference title.

OU will next play Bedlam rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater next Saturday at 7:00 pm, before facing Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game on December 7th at 11:00 am at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

(photo courtesy @OU_Football)

 

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