No. 5 Ok­la­homa beats No. 9 Texas for Big 12 ti­tle

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - Sports -

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 only loss and mak­ing their case for a re­turn to the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off.

Mur­ray, the Heis­man Tro­phy-con­tend­ing du­althreat quar­ter­back, threw two of his TDs to Grant Cal­caterra. That in­cluded an im­pres­sive 18-yard score on a third-and-10 play with two min­utes left as the Soon­ers (12-1, No. 5 CFP) won their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive game de­spite be­ing held to fewer than 40 points for the first time in nine games.

Sam Eh­linger was 23of-36 pass­ing for 349 yards with two touch­downs, and he also ran for two scores for Texas

(9-4), but his fi­nal pass was picked off by Tre Nor­wood at the 1 in the fi­nal minute.

Ok­la­homa is the first Power Five team to win four con­sec­u­tive out­right con­fer­ence ti­tles since Flor­ida in the SEC in the mid-1990s.

The Soon­ers went ahead to stay on Austin Seib­ert’s third field goal, a 31-yard-er with 12:37 left that was good af­ter ric­o­chet­ing off the top of the left up­right to make it 30-27.

Two plays af­ter Ok­la­homa’s only turnover, when re­ceiver CeeDee Lamb fum­bled in­side the 10 af­ter a 54-yard catc­hand-run with nine min­utes left, the Soon­ers got points any­way. Cor­ner­back Tre Brown sacked Eh­linger in the end zone for a safety. pro­gram last sea­son af­ter a two-year hia­tus, beat Mid­dle Ten­nessee at Murfrees­boro, Tenn.

The Blue Raiders, who beat UAB in Murfrees­boro 27-3 last week­end in a reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale, were set to get a fi­nal chance with 1:21 to play but were flagged for hav­ing 12 men on the field as the Blaz­ers pre­pared to punt, and UAB took a knee twice to run out the clock.

Sun Belt, Ap­palachian State 30, LouisianaLafayette 19: Zac Thomas had two long touch­down runs, Dar­ryn­ton Evans set up an­other score with a 97-yard kick­off re­turn and Ap­palachian State de­feated Louisiana-Lafayette at Boone, N.C.

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