Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

How to Watch Oklahoma vs. TCU

How to Watch Oklahoma vs. TCU

"Like I told them, I have a lot of respect for the University of Oklahoma and their football team and for Baker Mayfield". The Sooners, however, had arguably their best game of the season.

"I don't think either side is going to come in and just totally scrap what they do and change it completely up", Riley said. "The most exciting thing about today is we control our destiny". At 11-1, a win would likely clinch a playoff berth for Oklahoma for the second time in three years. Oklahoma is a Big 12 champion that was more explosive and efficient in almost every offensive metric than a year ago.

Leading up to Saturday, there were some nerves around the league - and in Norman - about the Big 12 potentially playing its way out of the playoff if Oklahoma lost. "We knew there was going to be a championship game and that was just going to be part of our journey if we wanted to get to this place". Oklahoma's star quarterback threw a pass during warmups three weeks ago that hit a TCU player in the head. Sooners linebacker Caleb Kelly scooped it up, presumably thanked Hicks for the early Christmas present and raced 18 yards to put Oklahoma up 10-0 just nine seconds after it went up 3-0.

Even TCU coach Gary Patterson acknowledged, when asked this week, that "probably the best (outcome) for the Big 12 is Oklahoma to win". The senior is second in the nation with 4,097 passing yards and 37 passing touchdowns and his 71.4 completion percentage and 203.3 passer efficiency rating are the top marks in the country.

The much-maligned OU defense forced TCU into a three-and-out on the Horned Frogs first possession of the second half.

Mayfield also passed another Sooner Heisman victor, Sam Bradford, in career passing efficiency. Big defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo chased him toward the sideline before Parnell Motley delivered the crushing blow that kept TCU's quarterback from getting a first down. Mayfield also connected with sophomore wide receiver Mykel Jones on a 55-yard score (the first of Jones' career) and with sophomore Marquise Brown on a 52-yard score (Brown's sixth of the year). Heading into Saturday's game, TCU's defense ranked first in the Big 12 in total defense (317.5 yards per game) and opponent rushing yards (90 yards per game) - both of which Oklahoma exceeded.

The Sooners roared to a 17-0 lead and left the Horned Frogs - and TCU's top-tier defense - in the dust for the second straight time this season, even after TCU closed the score to 24-17 at halftime. TCU managed just 95 total yards over the final 30 minutes and no points. Their 11th Big 12 title overall was the first without Bob Stoops, the coach for their last national title in 2000 who resigned unexpectedly last summer. The 34-year-old Riley, previously an offensive coordinator for the Sooners and East Carolina, is the youngest head coach in the FBS.

Title game history: The Big 12 championship game is back for the first time since 2010, before TCU joined the conference.

"Like I told Baker and Lincoln after the ball game, last week in my press conference I tried to divert it, tried to put all the pressure on me so everybody got off of it", Patterson said.

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