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Oklahoma 39 – Texas 27 | Big 12 Championship Notes & Quotes

M. Hofeld

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Quotes

“Yeah, we’re thrilled by the victory. I mean, it’s been a challenging year, which they all are. None of the previous three here were easy by any stretch. This one certainly wasn’t either, but to sit here now as the fourth time defending Big 12 champion, man, that sounds good. It took a lot from these guys here and the players and the coaches in that room. When the rest of the world didn’t believe in them they believed in themselves and that’s why we’re sitting here with this trophy right down here.

That’s part of the program. That’s the expectations of this program with the great players and coaches before us built and it’s just in every fiber of this program. You can feel it. It’s a great place to be. I want to congratulate Coach Herman and Texas. What a tremendous year they had. They did a phenomenal job. We had two really hard-fought games with them, including the one today. It’s surreal right now. I think everybody expected that we would be here. This is where we felt like we would be at the end of the year, but when you’ve got to go through the ups and downs, you’ve got to believe in yourselves. Our players did it, our coaches did and another big year for the Big 12, extremely competitive week-in and week-out. I think our conference right now is doing nothing but continuing to get stronger, and I think you can see that across all the improvements these teams are all making and how good the games are every single week. This is great football. This was a great football game today and we got a great football team behind us here at OU.” – Lincoln Riley opening statement

“It’s something we talked about last night at our meeting behind closed doors, but we felt like we played together on all sides of the ball. That’s a good team up there in West Virginia, but I feel like we found ourselves. Defense came up big last week and this week. When we weren’t scoring they got stops and that’s how football is supposed to be played. In think it was a great team win today, tonight, this morning, yeah.” – Kyler Murray on the impact of the defense

“We threw the ball well. If they’re going to stack the box, we got guys on the outside we can throw the ball. I thought we played well when we needed to, as far as running the ball. That one drive where we wasted a lot of clock, it’s not easy when everybody knows you’re going to run the ball and we still did it. Hats off to the linemen and the guys in the backfield that ran the ball well.” – Kyler Murray on Texas focusing on stopping the run

“Yeah, it’s a route I’ve thrown a million times. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown that route since I got to this school. Something we work on every day, one-on-one’s, routes on air and with this guy, I trust him, I thrust anybody in the receiving room we got. They all-out blitzed us, and I was taking my chance when I saw the match-up and Grant made a great catch.” – Kyler Murray on his game-clinching touchdown to Grant Calcaterra 

“There is not much I can say about it. It’s something we do every Tuesday, one-on-one’s, inside fade and all I had to do was make the play. The play call was there. It was up to me to make the competitive play.” – Grant Calcaterra on the final touchdown

“Everything went like, I don’t know, I just see lights. Especially when I saw him do play-action pass, I was like, wow, I can’t believe he just faked the ball, I got a green light and I took my shot and delivered.” – Tre Brown on sacking Sam Ehlinger for a safety

“Yes, yes, I do.” – Lincoln Riley on if he thinks his defense is playing good enough to win a national championship right now. 

Notes

• Oklahoma won its fourth consecutive Big 12 Championship. OU is the first Power Five program to win four straight outright conference titles since Florida (1993-1996 SEC). The last time the Sooners won four consecutive conference championships was 1984-87 under head coach Barry Switzer.
• The Sooners improved to 58-33-2 (.634) in AP top-10 matchups and 39-20 (.661) as the higher ranked team.
• Eight of Oklahoma’s 11 takeaways this season have come in the fourth quarter or overtime.
• Oklahoma held Texas scoreless in the fourth quarter (ended third quarter tied 27-27), forcing a punt and recording a safety and an interception on the Longhorns’ three possessions in the final period.
• In 10 games against Big 12 opponents this season, the Sooners averaged 602.3 yards of offense.
• OU gained at least 500 yards of total offense (508 today) for the ninth straight game and for the 11th time this season.
• Oklahoma has a 4,000-yard passer this season (Kyler Murray [4,053]), two 1,000-yard receivers (Marquise Brown [1,318] and CeeDee Lamb [1,049] and a 1,000-yard rusher (Kennedy Brooks [1,021]).
• Oklahoma did not score a touchdown in the first quarter for the first time since playing at Ohio State on Sept. 9, 2017 (snapped a streak of 24 games).

Kyler Murray

• Set the OU single-season record with 4,945 yards of total offense (4,053 passing, 892 rushing), breaking Baker Mayfield’s record set last year (4,938 in 14 games to Murray’s 13).
• Finished 25 of 34 passing for 379 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. It was his eighth game this season with at least 300 passing yards.
• Also rushed 10 times for 39 yards, totaling 418 yards of offense in the game.
• Has multiple passing touchdowns in 12 games this season, and at least three passing TDs 10 times.
• Has accounted for 51 total touchdowns this season (40 passing, 11 rushing).

Amani Bledsoe

• Blocked an extra point attempt after Texas scored a touchdown to tie the game at 27 in the third quarter. It was Oklahoma’s first blocked PAT since Devante Bond registered one against Clemson in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl.

Curtis Bolton

• Tallied a team-high 10 tackles (three solo, seven assists) in the game. It was his sixth game this season with double-digit tackles.

Tre Brown

• His fourth-quarter sack for a safety was Oklahoma’s first safety since the 2013 season when LB Dominique Alexander recorded a sack for a safety at Baylor.

Grant Calcaterra

• Scored two touchdowns on receptions of 6 and 18 yards. It was his first career game with multiple touchdowns.
• Gave Oklahoma the halftime lead with his 6-yard touchdown reception from QB Kyler Murray. It was his fifth receiving TD of the season and the eighth of his career. His second TD catch came with 2:00 remaining in the fourth quarter and represented the final score of the game. He has scored at least one touchdown in three straight outings.

CeeDee Lamb

• Tallied a career-high 167 receiving yards and a touchdown on six catches (27.8 average). It was his sixth career 100-yard receiving game and fourth this season (first since Kansas State game on Oct. 27).
• Caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season on a 28-yard strike from QB Kyler Murray in the second quarter. It was his 17th career TD reception.
• Now has 1,049 receiving yards for the season.

Tre Norwood

• Sealed the game with his first career interception with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Austin Seibert

• Has moved into second place in NCAA career scoring among kickers. He scored 13 points in the game, and now has 489 career points. The career scoring record by kickers is 494 points by Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez (2013-16).
• Connected on field goals of 20, 27 and 31 yards to tie a career high for makes in a game. He is now 15 of 17 on field goals this season, including 15 for 15 in games against Big 12 opponents.
• Increased his OU and Big 12 career scoring record to 489 points with his 13 points.
• Now has 306 career extra-point makes in 311 attempts, upping his NCAA records for both.

 

 

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