Moment of truth
OSU struggles inside when the junior gets in foul trouble, like against Tulsa
Cameron McGriff fought for leverage down low on one of Oklahoma State's first possessions when he was whistled for an offensive foul.
Moments later, he was fighting for a defensive rebound when he bumped a Tulsa player and was called for foul No. 2.
Ninety seconds into Wednesday's 74-71 loss at TU, McGriff took a seat on the bench. Mike Boynton began to try and maneuver his way through a half
NEW YORK — There will be some anxious moments before the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner is revealed.
ESPN's cameras will shift from Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins to catch an emotional reaction on Saturday night.
For the first time in three years, there will be some intrigue when the announcement is made. In 2016 (Louisville's Lamar Jackson) and 2017 (OU's Baker Mayfield), the unveiling was more ceremonial.
In the past week, oddsmakers made Murray the favorite over Tagovailoa to win the 84th Heisman Trophy.
“I think it's fun for us as the guys who can win it, I think it's a little anxious, you know, to see who's going to win,” Murray said during a Friday news conference at the New York Stock Exchange. “But I think this has been one of the best years in college football in a while as far as offenses and the numbers that those guys put up are crazy. For me to be leading one of the most — I think we're the most explosive Heisman Trophy ceremony offense to ever be a part of college football I think — for me it's pretty crazy. “It's been a fun year.” The trio arrived in the New York City on Friday morning. They met with media during a 30-minute session before ringing the NYSE's closing bell together.
The quarterback was asked what it would be like to follow former teammate Mayfield and win the Heisman Trophy.
“That'd be pretty crazy. Him being from Texas and me being from Texas, he's one of my boys,” Murray said. “It'd be ... a great, great deal for me. I know he wants to see me win it. I know Sooner Nation wants to see me win. For us to go back-to-back would be pretty amazing.”
Murray said he's spoken with Mayfield much of the week.
“I asked him if I should start him on my fantasy team,” Murray said, drawing laughter. “He told me yeah. We were just talking.”
The football-baseball narrative continued with questions coming from national media.
Murray, of course, was a first-round selection by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. The player was asked often about leaving the door open for a return to football.
“I'm just taking it one day at a time. I don't really — I'm not really thinking about baseball right now,” Murray said. “My focus is solely on, you know, just playoffs.”
made his first four shots to ignite the Hurricane and help deliver a 74-71 win.
“When we were struggling scoring, he came in off the bench and made some big shots and got us going a little bit,” Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. “He's an important guy for us. He's starting to get his rhythm.”
Horne, a transfer from Nebraska who sat out last season, has scored 31 of his 74 points this season in the past two games while earning more playing time. He provided many of the TU highlights in last week's loss at Utah, producing 15 points in the second half.
“I'm trusting in my teammates to find me,” Horne said. “Whether I get no minutes or a lot of minutes, I'll do whatever it takes to win. Scoring is something that I've been blessed to do.”
On a team filled with veterans, including a starting lineup of upperclassmen, Horne has taken on the largest role of the team's five newcomers.
“They've all had moments,” Haith said. “We've got to continue to grow those guys and to continue to develop them to where they're consistent. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
“I think Jeriah is starting to hit his stride a little bit. We need him to hit his stride. I think we've seen him playing a lot better, and we've got to bring those other guys along and get them more consistent.”
On Saturday afternoon, TU hosts No. 16 Kansas State, a team it defeated 61-54 last year in Wichita, Kansas. The Wildcats went on to have a recordsetting season that concluded with a trip to the Elite Eight.
“Because of what they did in the postseason, obviously that was (among TU's best wins) ... and we didn't have Quan (leading scorer DaQuan Jeffries, who was injured),” Haith said. “It was a great win for us last year.”
Against Kansas State, which returned all five starters and was picked to finish second in the Big 12, the Hurricane has won six of seven meetings in the series — including all three games in Tulsa. TU has prevailed in 12 consecutive home games, moving to 6-0 this year with the victory against OSU.
“I think it's a big win for us especially going into (a game against) another Big 12 team this weekend,” Jeffries said Wednesday night. “I think there's a lot of motivation for us.”
New York7 p.m. Saturday ESPN Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray shakes hands with fans after his team's win over West Virginia Nov. 23 at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Murray is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded Saturday night in New York.