Oklahoma found out early that in order to leave Knoxville with a victory, it would have to fuel the largest home collapse in Tennessee school history. Later, it would need the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in the past 30 years to avoid a damaging loss.
Behind quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma scored on its final two drives of regulation after not reaching the Volunteers’ side of the field in the second half.
Sooner Magic made its appearance as a resilient Sooners’ team knocked off No. 23 Tennessee with a 31-24 overtime victory.
"It’s one of the more special wins. Maybe my favorite of all of them," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "A little Sooner Magic came back out."
Oklahoma (2-0) scored twice in overtime, finding the end zone the last four times it touched the football.
Tennessee (1-1) scored on the opening drive of overtime on an eight-yard run by Jalen Hurd, who finished with 106 yards on the ground. Mayfield countered with a one-yard plunge on fourth-and-one.
Mayfield found Sterling Shepard, who caught the game-tying touchdown in the final minute, on an 18-yard touchdown connection on the Sooners’ second possession.
The Sooners defense, which allowed just eight yards in the fourth quarter, picked off Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs on the Volunteers’ second possession in overtime. Cornerback Zack Sanchez stepped in front of an out route for his first interception of the season to secure the victory.
The Sooners shot themselves in the foot to fall behind by 17 early in the second quarter – committing self-inflicted miscues on the first five drives. After starting the game 1-for-11 on third down, Oklahoma went 7-for-8 to close the game.