Oklahoma tops Texas, wins Big 12
ARLINGTON, Texas — Kyler Murray threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Oklahoma beat No. 9 Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, with the Sooners avenging their lone loss and making their case for a return to the College Football Playoff.
Murray, the Heisman Trophy-contending dual-threat quarterback, threw two of his TDs to Grant Calcaterra. That included an impressive 18-yard score on third-and-10 with two minutes left as the Sooners (12-1) won their seventh consecutive game despite being held to fewer than 40 points for the first time in nine games.
Sam Ehlinger was 23 of 36 passing for 349 yards and two TDs and ran for two scores for Texas (9-4), but his final pass was picked off by cornerback Tre Norwood at the Oklahoma 1 in the final minute.
Oklahoma is the first Power Five team to win four consecutive outright conference titles since Florida in the Southeastern Conference in the mid-1990s.
■ No. 6 Ohio State 45, No. 21 Northwestern 24
— At Indianapolis, Dwayne Haskins was 34 of 41 passing for 499 yards and five touchdowns, topping 400 yards for the fifth time this season for the Buckeyes (12-1), who won their fifth straight game and third league title in five years.
Clayton Thorson threw for 267 yards and a TD with two interceptions for the Wildcats (8-5), who trimmed a 24-7 halftime deficit to 24-21 midway through the third quarter but got no closer.
■ No. 2 Clemson 42,
Pittsburgh 10 — At Charlotte, N.C., Travis Etienne ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers (13-0), who totaled 301 yards and four TDs on the ground en route to becoming the first team to win four straight ACC titles.
The Panthers (7-6) committed three turnovers, including two in the first half that gave Clemson the ball inside the Pitt 10 and led to 14 points. The Tigers amassed nine tackles for loss on a raindrenched evening.
■ No. 7 Central Florida 56,
Memphis 41 — At Orlando, Fla., Darriel Mack overcame two lost fumbles in the first quarter to run for three second-half touchdowns, and the freshman also threw for 348 yards and two TDs without an interception for the Knights (12-0), who trailed 38-21 at intermission.
Darrell Henderson ran for 210 yards on 16 carries for the Tigers (8-5), scoring on first-half runs of 62, 12 and 82 yards and throwing a 4-yard TD pass. But he gained only 3 yards on six second-half rushes.