Williams Starts at QB and Leads Sooners to Win Over TCU

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NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Caleb Williams #13 of the Oklahoma Sooners points to tight end Jeremiah Hall after throwing a pass to connect for the second touchdown of the game against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

With Caleb Williams starting at quarterback, Oklahoma’s football team at halftime at Owen Field in Norman on Saturday night.

Williams received loud cheers when he was introduced as a starter, and he made OU fans happy from the start.

Williams was for 18-for-23 for 295 yards passing and four touchdowns, plus had 66 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Spencer Rattler did not take a snap.

The Sooners got the ball first and marched 75 yards in 7 plays to score.

Kennedy Brooks gained 32 yards on one run, then finished the drive with a 2-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 OU with 12:01 to play in the first quarter.

Brooks finished with 153 yards on 20 carries.

The Sooners forced a punt after three downs on TCU’s opening possession, then OU’s offense got back to work and put together another touchdown drive.

Williams passed to Trevon West for a gain of 35 yards, and then capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Hall to make it 14-0 Oklahoma with 5:40 to play in the first quarter.

TCU responded with a five-play, 75-yard drive, with Max Duggan passing to Kendre Miller, who raced down the sideline for a 53-yard touchdown to cut OU’s lead to 14-7 with 3:43 to play in the first quarter.

Oklahoma got into field goal range on their next possession, but the drive bogged down in part due to a penalty, then Gabe Brkic missed a 46-yard field goal attempt off the right upright.

TCU was in OU territory early in the second quarter, but on 4th and 2 from the OU 30-yard line, Max Duggan was tackled by Brian Asamoah for no gain and the Horned Frogs turned the ball over on downs.

Two plays later, Oklahoma got another big offensive play with Williams passing to Michael Woods for a gain of 59 yards to the TCU 4-yard line.

OU had to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Brkic to make it 17-7 Sooners with 11:13 to play in the second quarter.

The Horned Frogs responded with a 13-play, 69-yard drive, with Duggan passing to Quentin Johnston, who made a leaping catch in the back right corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 17-14 OU with 4:27 to play in the first half.

The two teams exchanged punts after three-and-out possessions, then Oklahoma added to their lead.

The Sooners went 76 yards in five plays, with Williams passing to Eric Gray for 28 yards, then finding Jadon Haselwood for an 11-yard touchdown, giving OU a 24-14 lead with 20 seconds left in the first half.

Oklahoma forced a TCU punt after three downs to start the second half, then it took the Sooners just three plays to score on their first second half possession.

Kennedy Brooks ran for 45 yards, then on the next play, Williams passed to Haselwood for a 16-yard touchdown to extend the Sooner lead to 31-14 with 11:48 to play in the third quarter.

It took TCU just two plays to answer, as Duggan went deep to Johnston for a 75-yard touchdown to make it a 10-point game again at 31-21 with 11:01 to play in the third.

TCU tried an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but were called for catch interference, and OU took over on the Horned Frog 33-yard line.

It took the Sooners just three plays to score, with Williams passing to Haselwood again for a 7-yard touchdown to make it 38-21 OU with 9:21 to play in the third quarter.

TCU responded with a drive to get a 22-yard field goal from Griffin Kell to cut the OU lead to 38-24 with 4:38 to play in the third.

Oklahoma responded with a five-play, 75-yard drive, with Williams running for 22 yards, then finishing the drive with a 41-yard touchdown run to make it 45-24 Sooners with 2:20 to play in the third quarter.

Oklahoma got a turnover on the next TCU possession, with Latrell McCutchin stripping the ball from Derius Davis, and Dashaun White returned it 37 yards, to just shy of the goal line.

On replay review, it was ruled White fumbled the ball while trying to reach for the goal line, and the ball went through the end zone for a touchback.

Both teams exchanged punts, then TCU went 47 yards in four plays to score.

Duggan passed to Johnston for a 25-yard touchdown to cut the Sooner lead to 45-31 with 11:16 left.

After an exchange of punts, OU clinched it with a nine-play, 68-yard drive, all by running the ball and capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Eric Gray to make it 52-31 OU with 1:09 to play.

OU has won eight in a row over TCU and six straight meetings in Norman, and has now 15 straight games overall.

The Sooners improved to 7-0 overall, 4-0 in Big 12 play, and will visit Iowa State next Saturday.

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