SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016
Photos by Matthew Postins
FORT WORTH, Texas — Oklahoma sputtered, dominated and then escaped with a 52-46 win over TCU on Saturday night, as the Horned Frogs rallied from a nearly insurmountable 49-24 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to push the Sooners to the brink of a two-game losing streak.
Instead, Oklahoma (2-2, 1-0 in the Big 12) goes into next Saturday’s Red River Rivalry game with Texas with a bit of momentum. No. 19 TCU (3-2, 1-1) goes into next Saturday’s road trip to Kansas wondering what might have been.
The game wasn’t settled until the final 90 seconds, as TCU quarterback Kenny Hill’s fourth-down pass to Emmanuel Porter fell harmlessly to the ground about 5 yards ahead of the receiver. The Sooners celebrated like the game meant much more than a Big 12 season opener. Perhaps that’s because the Sooners survived a fourth-quarter blitzkrieg by TCU’s offense, which spent much of the second and third quarters of the game in lockdown after jumping out to a 21-7 lead. Hill — who threw for 449 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception — jump-started the Horned Frogs early in the fourth quarter with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Taj Williams to cut the lead to 49-31.
The Horned Frogs’ defense then finally got a foothold and some conservative calls on offense by OU’s offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley, helped. The Sooners were forced to punt on their next possession and Hill directed a 75-yard scoring drive, capped by Kyle Hicks’ 2-yard touchdown run with 8:08 left.
The Horned Frog defense forced a three-and-out on the next possession, and it only took one play for Hill to connect with Williams again, this time on a 74-yarder with 5:36 left in the game, cutting the Sooners’ lead to just three, 49-46, after Hill threw a 2-point conversion to Emanuel Porter.
Williams ended up with 201 yards receiving on just five catches, two of them for scores. OU took advantage of a couple of TCU penalties to get into position for an Austin Seibert field goal from 35 yards out with 1:55 left. TCU’s last offensive sequence saw Hill called for intentional grounding, putting the Horned Frogs in a difficult position to convert a first down on the drive.
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