Sooners Hold Off TCU To Stay Perfect
Brennan Clay broke a 76-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter and No. 11 Oklahoma held off TCU 20-17 on Saturday night.
Trey Millard had a touchdown run for the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and Michael Hunnicutt hit field goals of 39 and 32 yards. Oklahoma and Texas will meet next Saturday in the annual Red River Rivalry in Dallas with first place in the conference on the line.
Oklahoma opened with seven straight defensive 3-and-outs, after finishing a 35-21 win at Notre Dame last Saturday with three. The 10 straight 3-and-outs was the longest such streak recorded by the Sooners since at least the 2003 season.
Oklahoma has won 10 straight Big 12 games, its third-longest streak in conference play since the league formed in 1996. The Sooners have won their last three against TCU (2-3, 0-2) since the Horned Frogs won in Norman in 2005.
TCU was expected to be a contender in the Big 12 this year but the Horned Frogs have struggled offensively in losses to Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Against the Sooners, TCU managed only 210 yards of offense, including only 44 yards rushing.
TCU had entered the game having won 16 of its last 18 conference road contests.
The Horned Frogs didn't cross midfield in the first half and didn't record a first down until the 8:34 mark of the third quarter. They managed a 25-yard field goal by Jaden Oberkrom on that series, which lasted for 12 plays and 7:17.
That seemed to energize TCU, which recovered a subsequent onside kick and drove 35 yards for a touchdown, with Trevone Boykin scoring on a 2-yard run to pull the Horned Frogs within 13-10.
The Sooners ran only eight plays for 4 yards in the third quarter and didn't record a first down in the second half until the 10:54 mark of the fourth quarter, after their defense had stopped TCU in Oklahoma territory.
That proved to be TCU's last, best chance. After the teams traded punts, Oklahoma took over at its own 18. Clay carried for a 6-yard gain, then broke into the open and outran everyone for his career-long 76-yard touchdown run with 4:37 left. Clay finished with 111 yards on nine carries.
TCU quickly answered, as a 45-yard pass from Boykin to David Porter and a 21-yard screen pass from Boykin to B.J. Catalon led to an 8-yard touchdown scramble by Boykin with 2:26 left. But the Horned Frogs' deep kickoff went out of bounds and Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell ran out the clock, running for a pair of first downs.
After strong showings in his first two starts -- wins over Tulsa and Notre Dame -- Bell completed 20 of 31 passes for 152 yards. He didn't throw an interception (for the third straight game) but also didn't throw a touchdown pass. Bell finished with 61 yards rushing on 14 carries.
The Sooners, who had averaged 256.8 yards rushing per game during a 4-0 start, had 203 yards against TCU.