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No. 3 OU vs. No. 11 TCU observations: Sooners’ Big 12 run is the best ever

December 3, 2017 GMT

The Sooners’ Big 12 run is the best ever

Oklahoma posted a 26-2 mark against Big 12 competition (including Saturday’s league championship game) over the past three years. It’s only the second time that OU has won three consecutive Big 12 titles and that successful record outweighs the 2006-08 run by the Sooners (23-4 including three championship game victories). Oklahoma will now try to do something that those mid-2000 teams never did — win a national championship.

Beginning Heisman Trophy week with a bang

Baker Mayfield began breaking away with the Heisman Trophy race in early November. On Saturday, he cemented things by tying a Big 12 Championship game record with four touchdown passes and also had a career-long 54-yard run down the right sideline. Opponents go into games planning to stop him and it hasn’t happened. “He comes out every week and he balls,” said Travin Howard. “You can’t take anything away from him. He’s a good football player.”

Defense comes up big in second half

Oklahoma’s Caleb Kelly set the tone with an 18-yard scoop-and-score on TCU’s first play from scrimmage. The defense did have a second-quarter lapse (allowing 17 points on three consecutive scoring drives) but settled after halftime. TCU only managed four first downs and 95 yards of offense after intermission. “Second half came, we made adjustments, what we need to do, came out with a great mentality and shut those boys out in the second half,” cornerback Parnell Motley said.

— Eric Bailey, Tulsa World