What looked to be a comfortable OU win over an injury-riddled TCU team turned out to be a heart-stopping battle for Big12 title and playoff survival.
The #7 Sooners beat the #18 Horned Frogs 30-29 Saturday night in Norman, but this was anything but easy street for Oklahoma.
OU safety Steven Parker played the role of former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo and batted down a potential 2-point pass from TCU third-team quarterback Bram Kohlhausen to preserve the victory.
Frogs coach Gary Patterson chose to go for 2 and the road win when TCU had scored to pull within one point with :51 left.
A questionable decision at best.
Normal logic says go for 2 and the victory on the road.
However, this game was totally illogical. And Patterson’s team had all the momentum going into a potential overtime with Sooner QB Baker Mayfield knocked out of the game and Trevor Knight struggling in his place.
Bad chess move by Patterson.
The Sooners appeared to be in decent shape up 23-7 at halftime, but Mayfield was held out of the second half after taking a cheap hit from TCU’s Ty Summers in the second quarter.
Summers was ejected for targeting, but Mayfield stayed in the game for 29 more offensive snaps after enduring the helmet-to-helmet hit.
OU trainers checked Mayfield’s status at that time and cleared him to play, later ruling him out for the second half after he complained of headaches in the locker room at intermission.
Still, the Sooners appeared in good shape up 30-13 after Samaje Perine scored on a 72 yard touchdown run with 7:55 left in the third quarter.
That’s when the Norman Horror Story began.
The Sooners offense sputtered with Knight in the game and TCU’s offense got a few big scores and all of a sudden it was game and season on the line.
Luckily, the Sooners survived.
OU fans expecting a smooth sailing Saturday night ended up sweating this one out and just avoiding heart attack status.
The potential greatest Bedlam matchup this week also took a hit Saturday night when OSU lost at home to Baylor.
The Sooners will be in for a tough matchup this week with the Cowboys.
If Mayfield can’t play, Oklahoma will need Alabama Knight to show up in Stillwater.
OU’s chances rely mostly on the health of Baker Mayfield’s brain. The Sooners will be hard pressed to beat the Pokes on the road with Knight at QB.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.