Shake-up Satur­day

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By Cliff Brunt

Auburn blasts No. 1 Ge­or­gia; OU rips TCU.

NOR­MAN, Okla. — Baker May­field threw three touch­down passes, Rod­ney An­der­son had 290 yards from scrim­mage and four touch­downs, and fifth-ranked Ok­la­homa rolled past No. 6 TCU 3820 on Satur­day night to take sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the Big 12.

An­der­son ran for 151 yards and two touch­downs and caught five passes for 139 yards and two scores for the Soon­ers (9-1, 6-1 Big 12). They have won five in a row.

May­field strength­ened his Heis­man Tro­phy ré­sumé by pass­ing for 333 yards and rush­ing for 50 against a Horned Frogs de­fense that en­tered the night ranked sixth in the na­tion in scor­ing de­fense and to­tal de­fense. He did it in front of a crowd of 88,308, the largest home crowd in school history.

“He was a lit­tle amped up early,” Ok­la­homa coach Lin­coln Ri­ley said. “He missed a cou­ple of throws that he nor­mally makes. He was re­ally spe­cial in scram­ble sit­u­a­tions, and then re­ally set­tled in there mid-first quar­ter, and re­ally in the sec­ond quar­ter.”

Kenny Hill passed for 270 yards for TCU (8-2, 5-2), but he com­pleted just 13 of 28 passes.

The Horned Frogs are tied for sec­ond place in the Big 12 and still have a chance to reach the con­fer­ence ti­tle game.

After un­leash­ing a 62-point, 785-yard on­slaught against Ok­la­homa State the pre­vi­ous week, the Soon­ers sim­ply kept it go­ing in the first half Satur­day, cruis­ing to a 38-14 lead.

“They’re pretty good de­fen­sively,” Ri­ley said. “We’re pretty good of­fen­sively. We knew it was go­ing to be a bat­tle. We made some of the plays when it counted. It was a good bat­tle against those guys.”

May­field passed for 299 yards and three touch­downs in the first half, and An­der­son had 117 yards and two touch­downs re­ceiv­ing and 86 yards and two touch­downs rush­ing be­fore the break.

An­der­son ran for more than 100 yards for the fourth con­sec­u­tive game.

“He was tremen­dous tonight,” Ri­ley said. “He was awe­some. He’s got a unique skill set in that he can kind of do it all. He can bring the power, ran through a lot of tack­les and made a cou­ple tremen­dous catches. He’s been awe­some for us here sev­eral weeks in a row.”

The poor start for the Horned Frogs gave coach Gary Pat­ter­son flash­backs to a 35-10 loss at Nor­man in 2008. TCU trailed 28-3 at half­time that night.

“It was like 2008 with Sam Bradford,” he said. “We spot­ted them too many points, and fi­nally when we woke up, it was too late. We have to give Ok­la­homa credit. They got out and out­played us. We didn’t do a great job of tack­ling in the first half.”

Brett Deering / Getty Im­ages

Ok­la­homa’s Rod­ney An­der­son had 290 yards from scrim­mage and four touch­downs as the Soon­ers de­feated TCU to take over first place in the Big 12.

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