Oklahoma’s football team scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to come from behind and beat UCF 31-29 at Owen Field in Norman on Saturday.
After four straight empty possessions to start the second half, OU got back-to-back scoring drives to take the lead, then extend the lead.
OU’s defense then gave up a UCF touchdown, but got a stop on the two-point conversion that could have tied the game.
Former UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel was 25-for-38 for 253 yards and three touchdowns against his former team.
The first three possessions ended in punts after three downs.
Oklahoma then got into field goal range, but Zach Schmit missed a 38-yard field goal wide left to keep the game scoreless with 9:40 to play in the first quarter.
After another three-and-out by UCF, the Knights got just a 25-yard punt, leaving Oklahoma with a shror field.
OU went 45 yards in three plays, with Dillon Gabriel passing to Nic Anderson for a 29-yard touchdown to put the Sooners up 7-0 with 7:48 to play in the first quarter.
Anderson caught five passes for 105 yards and two scores.
UCF went three-and-out again and had just a 34-yard punt.
Oklahoma’s drive stalled and Schmit missed a 43-yard field goal wide right to keep the score 7-0 with 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
UCF finally got the ball moving on their next possession, getting their initial first down of the game, and then a big play from R.J. Harvey, who ran for 54 yards to the Sooner 1-yard line.
On third and goal from the one, OU’s Rondell Bothroyd made a tackle for no gain to apparently force a fourth and goal, but Jaren Kanak was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, and UCF got an automatic first down.
On the next play, John Rhys Plumlee kept for a one-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7 with 11:49 to play in the second quarter.
Oklahoma had to punt on their ensuing possession, and UCF drove to a go-ahead score.
Colton Boomer kicked a 21-yard field goal to put the Knights up 10-7 with 4:01 to play in the first half.
The Sooners responded by going 75 yards in eight plays, with Gabriel passing to an open Anderson down the left sideline for a 42-yard touchdown, giving OU a 14-10 lead with 1:51 to play in the second quarter.
It took UCF just two plays to answer, as Plumlee passed to a wide open Javon Baker for an 86-yard touchdown to put the Knights back on top 17-14 with 1:24 left in the first half.
Baker had five catches for 134 yards.
Oklahoma got down to the UCF 11-yard line, then Schmit kicked a 25-yard field as time expired in the first half to tie the game at 17.
The Sooners got the ball to start the second half, and on the fifth play of the possession, Gabriel had a pass over the middle dropped by Drake Stoops as he was about to get hit, and the ball popped into the hands of UCF’s Quadric Bullard, who returned the interception 27 yards to the OU 33-yard line.
UCF was only able to gain two yards, and settled for a 48-yard field goal by Boomer to regain the lead 20-17 with 11:51 left in the third quarter.
OU’s next possession resulted in a punt, and UCF added another field goal, this one from 46 yards out from Boomer to extend the lead to 23-17 with 5:28 to play in the third quarter.
The two teams exchanged punts on four straight possessions, then Oklahoma marched to the go-ahead score, going 65 yards in nine plays.
The drive was finished off with an 11-yard touchdown from Gabriel to Drake Stoops to put OU on top 24-23 with 9:16 to play.
Stoops had seven catches for 60 yards.
Oklahoma forced a Knights punt on the next possession, with Peyton Bowen sacking Plumlee on 3rd and 6 from the UCF 42-yard line.
Oklahoma then added to their lead, going 80 yards in nine plays, with Gavin Sawchuk scoring on 30-yard touchdown run to put OU on top 31-23 with 3:13 left.
UCF answered with a clutch drive, going 75 yards in nine plays, with Plumlee passing to Javon Baker for a 12-yard touchdown with 1:16 to play, cutting OU’s lead to 31-29.
The Knights went for two points to tie it, but a lateral pass to Xavier Townsend did not work, as Kendel Dolby made the tackle for a loss to keep OU on top.
On the onside kick, Austin Stogner recovered for the Sooners to seal th win.
The game was played one day after the 100th anniversary of the first game played at Owen Field.
This was the first meeting between the Sooners and Knights.
OU improves to 7-0 on the season, 4-0 in Big 12 play.
The Sooners will visit Kansas next Saturday for an 11:00 am kickoff.