No. 5 Oklahoma beats No. 9 Texas for Big 12 title
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.
Conference championship games
American Athletic, No. 7 UCF 56, Memphis 41: Darriel Mack shrugged off two early turnovers to rush for three second-half touchdowns and rally UCF to a 56-41 victory over Memphis.
Conference USA, UAB 27, Middle Tennessee 25: Spencer Brown ran for 156 yards and a touchdown, and the Blazers, who reinstated their program last season after a two-year hiatus, beat Middle Tennessee at Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Sunbelt, Appalachian State 30, Louisiana-Lafayette 19: Zac Thomas had two long touchdown runs, and Appalachian State defeated LouisianaLafayette at Boone, N.C.
No. 24 Iowa State 27, Drake 24: David Montgomery ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa State barely survived a near-upset by non-scholarship FCS school Drake
at Ames, Iowa. NC State 58, East Car
olina 3: Reggie Gallaspy Jr. ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns to set a program single-season TD record and help North Carolina State beat East Carolina at Raleigh, N.C. Virginia Tech 41, Marshall 20: Ryan Willis threw touchdown passes to four different receivers in the first half and Virginia Tech won at Blacksburg, Va.
Stanford 23, California 13: Cameron Scarlett caught a short pass from K.J. Costello and raced 46 yards for one of his two touchdowns, Paulson Adebo intercepted two passes and Stanford relied on its defense to win its ninth straight Big Game, this one at Berkeley, Calif.
No. 10 Washington 10, No. 17 Utah 3: Byron Murphy returned a deflected interception 66 yards for the game’s only touchdown to lead No. 10 Washington to a victory over No. 17 Utah in an offensively challenged Pac-12 championship game at Santa Clara, Calif.