The Oklahoma Sooners entered the Big 12 Championship Game with a spot in the College Football Playoff on the line. Hoping to play the role of spoiler, the TCU Horned Frogs looked to prove the first meeting was nothing but a fluke. However, it was Lincoln Riley’s offense proving too much to handle for the Gary Patterson defense. Behind Baker Mayfield, the Sooners hummed along to secure a 41-17 victory.
With adrenaline pumping, a few throws from OU’s senior signal caller went long. The result was a 13 play, 51 yard drive that ended in a field goal. Up 3-0 early in the game, the defense came up with first touchdown of the afternoon. As TCU handed the ball off, Oklahoma forced a fumble. Moments later, Caleb Kelly scooped up the ball and scored to put the Sooners up 10-0 in the first quarter. After fifteen minutes of play, OU led 17-0.
But, the Horned Frogs came roaring back just before the half. Behind a couple of accurate throws from Kenny Hill and an incredible catch, TCU pulled to within striking distance at 24-17 to end the half. Hoping to overcome the early woes, Texas Christian received the kick to open the final thirty minutes of action.
Needless to say, the second half was all Sooners as TCU failed to find an offensive rhythm. Thank the defense for coming up with two turnovers to rattle Hill. Showing that the first meeting wasn’t a mishap, this OU defense deserves quite a bit of credit. If this group continues to play with a tenacity and chip on the shoulder, they’ll be a difficult draw in the CFP.
Of course, it was Mayfield stealing the show. Attempting just 23 passes on the afternoon, the senior connected on 15 of those. Racking up 243 yards, Mayfield and his receivers found paydirt four different times. Two of the touchdown passes went to Mark Andrews who proved to be uncoverable from a small but speedy secondary. In addition to the success through the air, Mayfield also recorded a career long 54-yard run.
The Heisman front runner now awaits the final CFP Rankings along with the rest of the program. Securing the Big 12 Championship, Okahoma now has three in a row.