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Oklahoma stakes playoff spot with win over TCU

04 December 2017
Oklahoma stakes playoff spot with win over TCU

If the Sooners win, they'll be in the College Football Playoff.

Their national semifinal opponent will be revealed Sunday at 11 a.m. and the game will be played January 1 at either the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans or the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.The College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be staged a week later on January 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

"I'm going to enjoy this next week". "Sometimes you've got to do it in different ways, and you need everybody on the team to do it in November and December". The Heisman Trophy will nearly certainly belong to Mayfield next Saturday, too. He finished fourth for the award in 2015, third a year ago and will become the fifth player to finish in the top four in voting for three straight seasons. They also improved their record to 8-1 in Big 12 title games with six straight victories and have won 11 conference crowns in the last 18 seasons. He also moved ahead of former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman victor for the FBS record for passing efficiency rating in a career. If it happens, Mayfield will beat out Bradford for the top spot.

The Sooners are now 12-1 in Lincoln Riley's first season as head coach.

National Football League scouts who are still wondering how Mayfield's talents will translate to the next level had to like what they saw when the Sooners QB broke off a career-long 54-yard run in the first half.

In Saturday's game, Oklahoma ran for 218 yards on 43 carries, averaging more than five yards per carry. I knew how he was going to approach me with it being the second time we played.

"I feel like if we keep working the way that we've been working, everything is going to play out just how we want it to". The senior is second in the nation with 4,097 passing yards and 37 passing touchdowns and his 71.4 completion percentage and 203.3 passer efficiency rating are the top marks in the country. Mayfield also connected with sophomore wide receiver Mykel Jones on a 55-yard score (the first of Jones' career) and with sophomore Marquise Brown on a 52-yard score (Brown's sixth of the year).

"The reason I came back was to play for a national title", Mayfield said. "We have all the pieces". "The most exciting thing about today is we control our destiny".

For the second time in less than a month, the Sooners' offense shredded the Big 12's top-ranked defense.

Kenny Hill threw two TD passes to get the Horned Frogs within 24-17 at halftime, but Oklahoma scored twice on its first three offensive plays after the break.

TCU cut the lead to seven at halftime but opened the second half with three incomplete passes.

"I didn't really appreciate that they were trying to say that we were in the wrong because that was OK to let a quarterback throw a ball and hit a guy in the head that hasn't played for two weeks", Patterson said Tuesday in a long rant about the situation.

The Sooners continue tapping into their talent - most of it unknown to outsiders before the season - in ways they dreamed of back in July and August.