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OU gets by TCU with a roller coaster win

OU gets by TCU with a roller coaster win

Oklahoma traveled down to Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon to face the Horned Frogs of TCU. Coming into the game, most “experts” picked TCU to claim victory after everything was said and done, and the game did start out that way.

In the first quarter, TCU capitalized off an early Baker Mayfield miscue, and their offense was moving the ball effectively when they had it. At the end of the first 15 minutes, TCU lead the Sooners, 21-7.

The following 2 quarters would have TCU fans scratching their heads though, as OU bounced back with their first interception on the year, by Steven Parker (who saved the day on what would have been a game-winning 2-point conversion in 2015), and turned it into a Mayfield touchdown to cut the lead to 7. The Sooner defense then forced a punt, and Samaje Perine would punch in a TD to tie the game up with just under 12 minutes to play in the half. Concluding another Horned Frogs drive by stopping them on fourth down, the Sooners then responded with a 67-yard flea flicker from Mayfield to Dede Westbrook to take the lead! OU would then take another empty TCU possession and turn it into points when Mayfield found Westbrook again for a long touchdown pass of 40 yards. TCU would counter with a field goal before the half, but OU went into the locker room ahead by a score of 35-24.
After halftime, the Sooners proceeded to take their next to drives into pay dirt, and ballooned the lead to 49-24 with just over 4 minutes left in the third quarter. Despite being up by 25 points, the Horned Frogs didn’t give up a lick, and their defense would force 3 consecutive punts by the Sooners. TCU’s offense would respond by scoring after each of those punts to cut their deficit to just 3, at 49-46 with just over 5 minutes left in the game. OU needed to score, period, in order to try and cushion their squandered lead and leave with a win in Fort Worth, but also run the clock. The Sooners moved methodically down the field, but after a drop by A.D. Miller on third down inside the TCU red zone, Oklahoma settled for a field goal. With the score showing 52-46 in favor of OU, the Frogs needed to a touchdown to win, but only had 2 minutes to do so, After getting into Sooner territory, TCU cost themselves some yards on a false start and intentional grounding call. Backed up and out of time, Horned Frogs quarterback, Kenny Hill, couldn’t connect with a wide-open Taj Williams on fourth and long, and OU took over on downs with under a minute to go in regulation. Following the TCU turnover, Mayfield kneeled the ball twice, and OU escaped with a victory, 52-46.
“We played the best, worst game,” stated Sooner cornerback, Steven Parker, when asked what he thought about the game. OU will travel to Dallas next Saturday to take on rival, Texas at 11AM CT.
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