NCAAF Game Recap - Texas at Oklahoma
Sat Dec 1, 2018 12:00 PM EST

Ala
35
UGA
28
F
Clem
42
Pitt
10
F
Tex
27
Okla
39
F
NW
24
OHSt
45
F
Mem
41
UCF
56
F
Utah
3
Wash
10
F
Fres
19
Boise
16
F OT
Drak
24
IASt
27
F
NIU
30
Buff
29
F
ULLaf
19
App
30
F
Marsh
20
VaTec
41
F
Akr
3
SCar
28
F
ECU
3
NCSt
58
F
UAB
27
MidTN
25
F
Norf
17
Lib
52
F
Stan
23
Cal
13
F

Oklahoma 39, Texas 27

Dec 1, 2018, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(9) Texas (9-4)

7

7

13

0

27

(5) Oklahoma (12-1)

3

17

7

12

39

CFP hopeful No. 5 Oklahoma beats No. 9 Texas for Big 12
Sun Dec 2, 2018 10:40 AM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kyler Murray had another Heisman Trophy-worthy performance, Oklahoma's much-maligned defense made some big key plays and the fifth-ranked Sooners won yet another conference title.

Now the 12-time Big 12 champions wait to find out if all that is good enough to get back into the College Football Playoff.

"There's no doubt we have a playoff-worthy team, but I understand that there's other factors there too that we can't control," coach Lincoln Riley said. "We've done all we can."

Murray was 25-of-34 passing for 379 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners beat No. 9 Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, avenging their only loss and making their case for their third playoff appearance in four years.

Two of Murray's TD throws were to Grant Calcaterra, who had an impressive one-handed grab for an 18-yard score on a third-and-10 play with two minutes left.

"That catch will live on in Oklahoma history forever," Riley said.

The Sooners (12-1, No. 5 CFP) won their seventh consecutive game - and became the first Power Five team to win four outright conference titles in a row since Florida in the SEC in the mid-1990s. Clemson (13-0, No. 2 CFP) matched them by winning its fourth ACC title in a row later Saturday with a win over Pittsburgh.

Also Saturday, Alabama (13-0, No. 1 CFP) rallied from a two-TD deficit for a 35-28 win over Georgia (11-2, No. 4 CFP) for the SEC title. Ohio State (12-1, No. 6 CFP) beat Northwestern 45-21 in the Big Ten championship game .

Sam Ehlinger was 23-of-36 passing for 349 yards with two touchdowns and also ran for two scores for Texas (9-4). But his final pass was picked off by Tre Norwood at the 1 in the final minute, and there was also a critical safety.

Two plays after Oklahoma's only turnover, when receiver CeeDee Lamb fumbled inside the 10 after a 54-yard catch-and-run with nine minutes left, the Sooners got points anyway. Cornerback Tre Brown blitzed and sacked Ehlinger in the end zone for a safety that made it 32-27.

"Our defense did a great job getting the ball back to us. Offensively we didn't take care of our part of the bargain," Ehlinger said. "That's on us, that's on me. I will make it my mission to never let this team or this school feel this disappointment again."

That was a huge play for a Sooners defense that had allowed at least 40 points in each of the previous four games - three of those being OU victories by a combined nine points.

Asked if the Sooners' defense is good enough to win a national title this season, Riley quickly answered yes.

"Based on we beat everybody on our schedule. You've got to win by one point, these games, the last time I checked," Riley said. "We've had some of our best performances here the last couple of weeks, in huge, huge games, huge moments against dynamic offenses."

Lamb caught the ball near midfield, cut inside, and spun around another defender toward the middle of the field when he was crushed from behind by linebacker Gary Johnson, knocking the ball loose. Lamb did have six catches for 167 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown in the first half.

The 114th meeting between the Red River rivals was their first in a championship game - and the first time since 1903 they had played twice in the same season. Every game since 1929 had been played about 20 miles away at the State Fair of Texas, where the Longhorns beat Oklahoma 48-45 eight weeks ago.

Oklahoma never trailed again after Murray threw TDs on its last two drives before halftime for a 20-14 lead, on Calcaterra's 6-yard TD pass in the final minute when the Sooners were out of timeouts but went 80 yards in five plays.

The Sooners were up 27-21 until Ehlinger threw a 5-yard TD to Lil'Jordan Humphrey with 2:44 left in the third quarter. But the extra point that would have put Texas ahead was partially blocked and bounced off the crossbar no good.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas: The Longhorns have come a long way in two seasons under coach Tom Herman. They were coming off three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1930s when he became coach. Herman said it is difficult after a loss, and with still a game to play, to reflect on the season and just how much progress has been made.

"We earned the right to play in a big-time bowl game," Herman said.

Oklahoma: The Sooners are the only Big 12 team that has made it into the four-team playoff, going in 2015 and again last season with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield. They haven't made it to a CFP title game.

RECEIVING RECORD

Texas WR Collin Johnson set a Big 12 championship game record with 177 yards receiving on his eight catches. He had a 27-yard TD in the third quarter on a drive when he also had catches of 25 and 21 yards.

UP NEXT

Texas will go to its first Sugar Bowl since 1995 if Oklahoma gets into the College Football Playoff. If not, the Longhorns are likely headed to the Alamo Bowl.

Oklahoma could be playing in the same stadium in four weeks for the Cotton Bowl, if the Sooners make the playoff. Otherwise, the Sooners go to the Sugar Bowl to play an SEC team.

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Passing

Tex Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Ingram 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
S. Ehlinger 36 23 63.9 2 349 32 1 102.7
Okla Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Murray 34 25 73.5 3 379 54 0 139.2

Rushing

Tex Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Ehlinger 15 42 2.8 16 2
T. Watson 13 39 3.0 9 0
Okla Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Sermon 18 65 3.6 9 1
K. Murray 10 39 3.9 15 0

Receiving

Tex Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Johnson 8 177 22.1 32 1
D. Duvernay 3 56 18.7 28 0
Okla Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Lamb 6 167 27.8 54 1
M. Brown 5 54 10.8 24 0

Fumbles

Tex F FL
T. Watson 1 0
Okla F FL
C. Lamb 1 1

Returning

Tex KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
L. Humphrey 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
Okla KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Lamb 0 - 0 0 1 -1.0 0 0
T. Brown 1 26.0 0 26 0 - 0 0

Punting

Tex Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Bujcevski 4 149 37.3 46
Okla Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Seibert 2 81 40.5 46

Takeaways

Okla Int Yds InTD
T. Norwood 1 5 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tex Okla
Points For 27 39
Total Yards 437 508
Rushing Yards 88 129
Passing Yards 349 379
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/37 25/34
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/1
First Downs 23 29
Penalties - Yards 13/128 5/60
Time Of Possession 0:00 0:00
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/13 8/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/37 2/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tex Okla
Tex 3:22 TD Sam Ehlinger 16 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 7 0
Okla 7:23 FG Austin Seibert 20 yd FG 7 3
2nd Quarter Tex Okla
Okla 0:10 FG Austin Seibert 27 yd FG 7 6
Tex 3:38 TD Sam Ehlinger 3 yd run (Cameron Dicker kick) 14 6
Okla 9:59 TD CeeDee Lamb 28 yd pass from Kyler Murray (Austin Seibert kick) 14 13
Okla 14:42 TD Grant Calcaterra 6 yd pass from Kyler Murray (Austin Seibert kick) 14 20
3rd Quarter Tex Okla
Okla 2:59 TD Trey Sermon 6 yd run (Austin Seibert kick) 14 27
Tex 6:13 TD Collin Johnson 27 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick) 21 27
Tex 12:16 TD Lil'Jordan Humphrey 5 yd pass from Sam Ehlinger (blocked XP) 27 27
4th Quarter Tex Okla
Okla 2:23 FG Austin Seibert 31 yd FG 27 30
Okla 6:33 SF Team safety 27 32
Okla 13:00 TD Grant Calcaterra 18 yd pass from Kyler Murray (Austin Seibert kick) 27 39

Game Information

Stadium: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Attendance: 83,114
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