TCU Falls Short of Upset, Lose 24-17 to OU

The TCU Horned Frogs came into the game riding high after knocking off the Texas Longhorns on Thanksgiving day. Oklahoma wouldn't share the same fate as they prevailed 24-17 over the Frogs.

The Oklahoma Sooners rolled into Ft. Worth Saturday with a chance to win a share of the Big 12 title, or, with a little help from the Texas Longhorns of all people, win the conference outright with a victory over TCU. Sitting at 9-2 and 7-1 in conference play, Oklahoma came to town on a mission. TCU came in with a record of 7-4 and 4-4 in conference play with hopes of knocking off the conferences two heavyweights in back to back games. In the end, the Sooners won a hard fought defensive battle, 24-17.

TCU's defense was up to the challenge early as they held OU to 71 total yards and allowed only one touchdown to trail 7-0 after one quarter of play. TCU's run defense was key as they held the Sooners to just 16 yards on the ground.

In the 2nd quarter, TCU would answer after Sam Carter picked off a Landry Jones pass and returned it 42 yards down to the Oklahoma 6 yard line. One play later, Redshirt Freshman quarterback, Trevone Boykin, ran it in for the touchdown to tie the score 7-7.

The Frogs looked like they would hold OU and force a 7-7 tie at halftime but a conversion on 3rd and 23 by Oklahoma produced a 24 yard touchdown to put the Sooners up 14-7.

Starting the second half, Oklahoma raced to a 21-7 lead with a 66 yard scoring run from Damien Williams. The talented Sooner running back finished the game with 115 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.

TCU came right back after forcing Oklahoma to punt as Boykin hit Brandon Carter on an 80 yard touchdown strike on the first play of the drive to pull TCU closer at 21-14. Boykin, who struggled throughout the first half, throwing for only 34 yards, bounced back to complete 12 of 20 passes for 197 yards in the second half. He made multiple big throws to keep the Frogs in the game.

With 2:19 left in the 3rd quarter, Mike Hunnicutt hit a 34 yard field goal to give the Sooners a 24-14 lead. TCU continued to fight into the 4th quarter as they had a shot for a 32 yard field goal. Jaden Oberkrom's kick appeared to bend inside the right side of the goal post but the referees said the kick sailed wide right. Video replay appeared to show the kick to be good but ultimately, Oklahoma came away from the possession still leading 24-17.

The TCU defense then took over as they shut Oklahoma down until the Sooners had a shot at a 42 yard field goal. Strong winds inside Amon G. Carter stadium pushed the ball wide left and TCU had a chance to drive the field to tie the game. TCU looked to score after Boykin hit Cameron White on a beautiful 46 yard pass but the Frogs came up short as Boykin's pass into the endzone for Josh Boyce fell incomplete on 4th and 13.

Oklahoma made more plays when it counted and in doing so, secured at least a share of the Big 12 title. TCU ends the regular season 7-5 and now awaits their bowl destination that will be revealed sometime tomorrow afternoon.

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