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Late defensive stand ensures OU victory over TCU

A defensive stand ensured Oklahoma escaped Fort Worth with a 52-46 win over TCU Oct. 1.

The victory gives the Sooners (2-2, 1-0) some momentum as they turn their attention to Red River rival Texas next weekend.

The Horned Frogs (3-2, 1-1) had a chance. After OU kicker Austin Seibert connected on a 35-yard field goal with two minutes left in the game, TCU took over at its 28. But a false start and intentional grounding on back-to-back plays to start the series sealed the Horned Frogs’ fate. And Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was simply unblockable as he sacked quarterback Kenny Hill twice during the series.

The game began, however, with TCU taking a 21-7 lead only to have OU respond with 28 unanswered points in the second quarter. That would have stood had it not been for a 23-yard field goal by TCU kicker Brandon Hatfield to end the first half to trim the deficit 35-24.

The Sooners began the third quarter by scoring two touchdowns and shutting down the Horned Frogs for a 49-24 advantage headed into the final period.

But the Horned Frogs responded and outscored OU 22-3 in the final 15 minutes.

Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 23 of 30 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns and had 12 carries for 55 yards and two scores. Receiver Dede Westbrook had seven catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine combined for 33 carries for 203 yards and three scores.

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill completed 26 of 44 passes for 449 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Taj Williams caught five passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. As a team TCU had 29 rushes for 65 yards and a score.

The Horned Frogs play Kansas at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 on ESPNU.

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