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

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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 dual-threat 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 23-of-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-yarder 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 catch-and-run with nine min­utes left, the Soon­ers got points any­way. Corner­back Tre Brown sacked Eh­linger in the end zone for a safety.

Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship games

Con­fer­ence USA, UAB 27, Mid­dle Ten­nessee 25: Spencer Brown ran for 156 yards and a touch­down, Nick Vo­gel put UAB ahead with a field goal with 3:23 re­main­ing and the Blaz­ers, who re­in­stated their 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.

Sun­belt, 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 LouisianaLafayette at Boone, N.C.

No­table

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 Carolina 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 ex­tended its na­tion’s-best bowl streak to 26 years with a 41-20 win over Mar­shall at Blacks­burg, Va. Stan­ford 23, Cal­i­for­nia 13: K.J. Costello threw for 237 yards and a touch­down as Stan­ford beat Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley, Calif. Late Fri­day 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.

JEF­FREY MCWHORTER AP

Ok­la­homa re­ceiver CeeDee Lamb makes a key re­cep­tion over Texas de­fen­sive back Da­vante Davis dur­ing Satur­day’s first half of the Big 12 Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

CHRIS SE­WARD AP

North Carolina State’s Da­mon­tay Rhem (5) hur­dles over East Carolina’s Ger­ard Stringer as he runs up­field dur­ing the sec­ond half.

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