Oklahoma’s —– win over TCU capped another undefeated home season for the Sooners as well as secured them a spot in the 2019 Big 12 championship game, but it didn’t come without a fare share of cringe worthy moments.
Oklahoma raced out to a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter thanks to three three-and-outs for the defense resulting in three consecutive scoring drives for the offense.
The fast start gave the Sooners just enough cushion to stave off a TCU team that came at them fast and heavy over the next three quarters. Aided by Oklahoma turnovers, the Horned Frogs outscored the Sooners 24-14 over the final three quarters of the game, setting up a dramatic conclusion that saw the OU defense come up with a big interception for the third week in a row.
The Defense Was On Point
Outside of the final score, the stats weren’t close at all. TCU had just 11 first downs to Oklahoma’s 30. The Frogs were 1-of-9 on third down and had just 204 total yards of offense. Oklahoma went 7-of-13 on third down and produced 511 total yards of offense.
TCU freshman quarterback Max Duggan was 7-of-21 for 65 yards.
Turnovers Were The Key
Take away Oklahoma’s three turnovers and this game isn’t close…and that’s been the problem for much of the season. Jadon Haselwood’s first quarter fumble turned into a TCU field goal. Jalen Hurts’ fourth quarter interception made it a 28-24 game, and his fumble at the TCU 7 undoubtedly took points off the board for the Sooners.
Kennedy Brooks had a quiet 149 yards on 25 carries and averaged 6.0 yards per carry. The number of carries and the total rushing yards were both season highs for the sophomore running back.
Saving The Day
For the third consecutive week the Sooners get bailed out by the defense. Parnell Motley had an interception on a late 2-point conversion against Iowa State, Nick Bonitto picked off Charlie Brewer on Baylor’s final position, and now Brendan Radley-Hiles had the interception off Max Duggan.
We hate to see Oklahoma coming down to the wire in these games but you gotta love the fact that it isn’t game over anymore when the defense is pressed to protect the lead.
Doing It The Right Way
Kudos to the football program and athletic department for recognizing Grant Calcaterra with the seniors prior to the game. Grant announced his retirement from football earlier in the week due to sustaining multiple concussions.
Ticket Punched For Arlington But First, It’s Time For Bedlam
The Sooners are heading to Arlington to compete for a fifth-consecutive Big 12 championship but you won’t hear a lot of talk about that this week. Oklahoma will face Oklahoma State in Stillwater next weekend and you can expect a lot of attention to be on Cuba Hubbard and the Cowboys before they even think about Baylor and the Big 12 title game.
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