NORMAN — The old adage that football is a game of two halves was played out in Norman Saturday night, but the Sooners escaped with a flawless record in their 20-17 win over TCU.
In a game where the offense sometimes didn’t show, it was the defense that did the bulk of the work for Oklahoma (5-0), containing a Horned Frogs (2-3) attack that had a few tricks up its sleeve and somehow managed to hold on until the end. A late touchdown by run-and-gun quarterback Trevone Boykin, who ended the game with 18 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, added a few more nerves to the finale, but efficient running when it counted saw this game out for the Sooners.
“If we weren’t playing that strong of a defense, it would have been tough,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “It shows character. It’s still a young season, but it feels great to win close games.”
The Oklahoma defense left no doubts they wanted to come out strong. Defensive end Charles Tapper fought his way around the corner early on to sack an under-pressure Trevone Boykin, forcing a punt. But the Horned Frog defense also held firm, and it looked like the first quarter may end in stalemate.
Sooners quarterback Blake Bell stepped up to deliver more. A trademark Belldozer run on fourth and one kept the OU drive going. He was later sacked, but managed another run, this time for eight yards, to get the Sooners back in field goal range. Michael Hunnicutt took the 39 yard field goal to give OU the 3-0 lead with just under three minutes left in the opening frame.
Midway through the second quarter, the Sooner offense opened up a little more. An 11 yard pass to Jalen Saunders was followed up by a Bell run of 12 yards while avoiding three tacklers. The up-tempo drive even included another fourth down conversion before Trey Millard ran eight yards for the touchdown and put Oklahoma up 10-0.