OU film review: Game 5

The five plays that help tell the story in OU's hard-fought 20-17 victory against TCU.

Every play matters but some stick out more than others. Each week Sooners Illustrated will look at the five plays that stood out in Oklahoma's performance. This week it's OU's 20-17 victory against TCU to remain undefeated.

Play No. 1: The BellDozer – for real

Facing a fourth-and-two from the TCU 28 yard line late in the first quarter, the real BellDozer formation was back on the field. Not a similar version to what we've seen the last two years, but the real thing.

With fullbacks Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski leading the way, junior quarterback Blake Bell waited for the hole to develop, attacked it and ran four yards to pick up the first down.

The drive would stall there and Michael Hunnicutt would nail a 39-yard field goal to become OU's all-time leader in field goals made. Hunnicutt would add another in the first half and is now 50-of-58 for his career.

Play No. 2: Neal converts fourth down

It became the Durron Neal show toward the end of the first half as he rattled off three straight completions in the second quarter.

The biggest one came on a fourth-and-three when Bell found Neal on a quick slant for six yards to move the chains.

Neal caught an 18-yard reception on the following play and the drive resulted in a Trey Millard touchdown run.

"That drive was big for my confidence, but it was big for the team," Neal said. "It led to a score, and it was something we really needed."

Play No. 3: Tapper runs down Boykin

This was a huge game for sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper, who finished the game with two sacks. Nothing was more impressive than seeing Tapper track down TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin late in the second quarter.

OU linebacker Eric Striker came free, flushing Boykin out of the pocket. It appeared he had a lot of running room and could pick up the first down when Tapper got him from behind, made sure he didn't horse-collar tackle him and brought him down.

There aren't a lot of defensive backs with the speed to bring down Boykin let alone a defensive end. That would be TCU's last play of the half and guarantee the Sooners would hold the Frogs without a first down. Eighteen plays, 16 yards in the first 30 minutes.

Play No. 4: TCU recovers kickoff

It wasn't quite a squib kick, but it wasn't an onside kick. It was somewhere in between, but it played a huge role in the game.

TCU had just completed a 12-play, 45-yard drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock and narrowed the gap to 13-3.

OU had a chance to recover the lofted kick, but the Frogs got it at OU's 35. Six plays later, and it was 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter.

The third quarter was dreadful for the OU offense. Eight plays for four yards, and the OU defense was wearing down from being on the field so much.

Play No. 5: Clay takes it to the house

OU needed a big play, and senior running back Brennan Clay came through with a 76-yard touchdown run to give OU a 20-10 lead with five minutes left in the game.

The play was designed to go left, but Clay saw the hole to the right and made the cutback. Clay's not the fastest, but he outran everybody into the end zone.

"I was looking at the jumbo tron to see what was happening," Clay said. "I saw Jalen Saunders chasing me but that was it."

Clay finished with 111 yards on nine attempts.

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