The Norman Transcript

October 5, 2013

Sooners survive

OU holds off TCU, 20-17, to remain undefeated

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Just because a team knows it’s heading toward a trap doesn’t mean it avoids it. Oklahoma walked right into one Saturday night at Owen Field, but managed to squeak by TCU, 20-17, and remain undefeated.

The victory lifted the 11th-ranked Sooners to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference.

The Sooners never trailed but were in a dogfight the entire second half. TCU (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) didn’t have a first down in the first half, but came alive after halftime. That was when OU flatlined offensively.

The Sooners were in serious trouble until Brennan Clay erupted for a 76-yard touchdown run with 4:37 to go to give them a 10-point lead.

Outside of that one run, it was OU’s worst offensive night of the season. Trey Millard had an 8-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and there were a pair of Michael Hunnicutt field goals.

The Sooners only had 355 yards of total offense. Only 155 yards came in the second half and nearly half the total came on Clay’s touchdown run.

Defense was the main reason the Sooners survived. It held TCU to 44 rushing yards and 210 overall.