Kyler Murray had some other Heisman Trophy-worthy efficiency, Oklahoma’s much-maligned protection made some huge key performs and the fifth-ranked Sooners gained but some other convention identify.
Now the 12-time Giant 12 champions wait to determine if all this is just right sufficient to get again into the School Soccer Playoff.
“There is no doubt now we have a playoff-worthy workforce, however I remember that there is different components there too that we will’t keep an eye on,” trainer Lincoln Riley stated. “Now we have completed all we will.”
Murray was once 25-of-34 passing for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns because the Sooners beat No. Nine Texas 39-27 within the Giant 12 championship sport Saturday, avenging their best loss and making their case for his or her 0.33 playoff look in 4 years.
Two of Murray’s TD throws have been to Grant Calcaterra, who had an outstanding one-handed grasp for an 18-yard rating on a third-and-10 play with two mins left.
“That catch will survive in Oklahoma historical past ceaselessly,” Riley stated.
The Sooners (12-1, No. Five CFP) gained their 7th consecutive sport — and turned into the primary Energy 5 workforce to win 4 outright convention titles in a row since Florida within the SEC within the mid-1990s. Clemson (13-Zero, No. 2 CFP) matched them by way of successful its fourth ACC identify in a row later Saturday with a win over Pittsburgh.
Additionally Saturday, Alabama (13-Zero, No. 1 CFP) rallied from a two-TD deficit for a 35-28 win over Georgia (11-2, No. Four CFP) for the SEC identify. Ohio State (12-1, No. 6 CFP) beat Northwestern 45-21 within the Giant Ten championship sport .
Sam Ehlinger was once 23-of-36 passing for 349 yards with two touchdowns and likewise ran for 2 rankings for Texas (Nine-Four). However his ultimate go was once picked off by way of Tre Norwood on the 1 within the ultimate minute, and there was once additionally a essential protection.
Two performs after Oklahoma’s best turnover, when receiver CeeDee Lamb fumbled throughout the 10 after a 54-yard catch-and-run with 9 mins left, the Sooners were given issues anyway. Cornerback Tre Brown blitzed and sacked Ehlinger finally zone for a security that made it 32-27.
“Our protection did a super task getting the ball again to us. Offensively we did not handle our a part of the cut price,” Ehlinger stated. “That is on us, that is on me. I can make it my undertaking to by no means let this workforce or this faculty really feel this unhappiness once more.”
That was once an enormous play for a Sooners protection that had allowed no less than 40 issues in each and every of the former 4 video games — 3 of the ones being OU victories by way of a blended 9 issues.
Requested if the Sooners’ protection is just right sufficient to win a countrywide identify this season, Riley briefly replied sure.
“In accordance with we beat everyone on our agenda. You have to win by way of one level, those video games, the remaining time I checked,” Riley stated. “Now we have had a few of our very best performances right here the remaining couple of weeks, in large, large video games, large moments in opposition to dynamic offenses.”
Lamb stuck the ball close to midfield, minimize inside of, and spun round some other defender towards the center of the sphere when he was once beaten from in the back of by way of linebacker Gary Johnson, knocking the ball unfastened. Lamb did have six catches for 167 yards, together with a 28-yard landing within the first part.
The 114th assembly between the Purple River opponents was once their first in a championship sport — and the primary time since 1903 that they had performed two times in the similar season. Each sport since 1929 have been performed about 20 miles away on the State Truthful of Texas, the place the Longhorns beat Oklahoma 48-45 8 weeks in the past.
Oklahoma by no means trailed once more after Murray threw TDs on its remaining two drives sooner than halftime for a 20-14 lead, on Calcaterra’s 6-yard TD go within the ultimate minute when the Sooners have been out of timeouts however went 80 yards in 5 performs.
The Sooners have been up 27-21 till Ehlinger threw a Five-yard TD to Lil’Jordan Humphrey with 2:44 left within the 0.33 quarter. However the additional level that will have put Texas forward was once partly blocked and bounced off the crossbar no just right.
Texas: The Longhorns have come some distance in two seasons underneath trainer Tom Herman. They have been coming off 3 consecutive shedding seasons for the primary time because the 1930s when he turned into trainer. Herman stated it’s tricky after a loss, and with nonetheless a sport to play, to replicate at the season and simply how a lot growth has been made.
“We earned the correct to play in a big-time bowl sport,” Herman stated.
Oklahoma: The Sooners are the one Giant 12 workforce that has made it into the four-team playoff, entering into 2015 and once more remaining season with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield. They have not made it to a CFP identify sport.
Texas WR Collin Johnson set a Giant 12 championship sport file with 177 yards receiving on his 8 catches. He had a 27-yard TD within the 0.33 quarter on a force when he additionally had catches of 25 and 21 yards.
Texas will move to its first Sugar Bowl since 1995 if Oklahoma will get into the School Soccer Playoff. If now not, the Longhorns are most likely headed to the Alamo Bowl.
Oklahoma may well be enjoying in the similar stadium in 4 weeks for the Cotton Bowl, if the Sooners make the playoff. In a different way, the Sooners move to the Sugar Bowl to play an SEC workforce.
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