FORT WORTH, Texas —
“We’ve won a Big 12 championship,” OU defensive end Chuka Ndulue said. “If Kansas State wins, we’re sharing it with them, so it doesn’t matter.”
Fans can argue over that. How the Sooners got the victory was a testament to their ability to win in tough environments and when one side of the ball is sputtering.
Landry Jones, who had thrown for more than 1,000 yards in the previous two games against West Virginia and Oklahoma State, threw for just 244 against TCU. He did throw two touchdown passes, but they were accompanied by a disastrous interception.
Conversely, the same Sooner defense that was run ragged in the last two games was the difference. They held TCU to 350 total yards and out of the end zone on that last drive.
“Offense has been pulling our weight, and it was great to go out there and win the game on the defensive side,” said OU defensive end R.J. Washington. “It shows that we’re a balanced team. If the offense is off, the defense can pick us up; if the defense is off, the offense is gonna pick us up.”
It was evident early this wasn’t going to be a shootout. The temperature was unseasonably warm, but a blustery south wind affected every ball that went in the air.
TCU (7-5, 4-5) punted on seven of its first eight possession, but cashed in on every mistake OU made. Both of its touchdowns came on one-play drives. The first was Boykin’s 6-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. It was set up Sam Carter’s 42-yard interception of a Jones pass. The second was Boykin’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter early in the third quarter.
Neither player, however, gave the Horned Frogs the lead.
OU running back Damien Williams rushed for 115 yards and scored two touchdowns. The first — an 11-yard pass from Jones — gave the Sooners a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. The second — a 66-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter — proved to be the game winner.