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

The State (Sunday) - - College Football -

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

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