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