Saturday, 01 December 2012 17:55

Oklahoma holds off TCU, claims share of Big 12 title

Written by Jay Beck
Tony Jefferson (#1) had another big day for OU finishing the day with eight solo stops. Tony Jefferson (#1) had another big day for OU finishing the day with eight solo stops. Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

It wasn't easy and it took a defensive stand with TCU in the red zone during the game's final minute, but Oklahoma prevailed, 24-17, giving the Sooners at least a share of the Big 12 crown.

Oklahoma will now - believe it or not - have to cheer on Texas tonight. If the Longhorns can find a way to end their four game losing streak to Kansas State, the Sooners will claim the Big 12 title outright guaranteeing them a spot in a BCS bowl.

"In the end, it's just great to be in this position - to be a winner again - and for these guys to at least be either Big 12 champs or co-champs. Either way, they're recognized as champions and these group of players deserve it," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said following the victory.

As for the game, OU got their running game going averaging 5.5 yards per carry with Damien Williams leading the way with 115 yards on 18 carries including a 66 yard TD gallop through the Horned Frog defense.

Jalen Saunders continued his stellar late season play with seven catches for 108 yards. Over the final three games of the season, the Fresno State transfer hauled in 24 balls for 393 yards providing a huge spark the second half of the season.

During his post game press conference, Stoops offered no apologies for potentially having to share the title, nor should he. "There seemed to be a little confusion about it, but there isn't. In the end, it isn't anybody's fault here that we're in a ten team league. It's just how it is when you're in a ten team league. Nobody here made those rules. At the present time, that's where we're at. That's how it will be."

"I told the players the bottom line is this is our championship game," Stoops added. "We don't go to Atlanta or Dallas to play it, it's here, so let's do our best to put ourselves in position to win it and fortunately we did."

 

The Oklahoma defense, outside of a few big plays, did what they had to do holding TCU to 350 total yards and just 119 on the ground. Those big plays included TCU quarterback Trevon Boykin hitting Brandon Carter on a 80 yard touchdown in the third quarter to bring the Horned Frogs within a touchdown.

Boykin also hit Cam White for a 41 yard gain on the game's final drive setting up TCU at the Oklahoma 12 yard line with just two minutes to play. Two plays later, Boykin scrambled for an apparent game tying touchdown (pending PAT) but TCU was called for holding penalty pushing them back to the 22 yard line.

Boykin's fourth down pass in the end zone was then knocked away by the OU defense giving the Sooners their 34th 10-win season in school history which is more than any team in the country.

Now, the Sooners wait to see what happens with Kansas State and Texas.

Just think how exciting a Kansas State, Oklahoma rematch would have been in a Big 12 title game. Hey, maybe someday, right? But as Stoops said after the game, "at the present time, that's where we're at."

Yes, yes we are.

Now please excuse me why I get back to watching the SEC title game.

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