The Sooner defense once again held firm, forcing a punt in time for one last up-tempo drive before halftime. Bell, who had 54 rushing yards by the midway point, stretched his legs in open field for a 15 yard gain to set up another Hunnicutt field goal as the clock expired.
To put in perspective just how totally dominant the Sooner defense was in the first half, the Horned Frogs had six possessions with not a single first down. That was extended to seven in the third quarter, but the eighth time was the charm with Waymon James waking from a quiet night to run eight yards for the first down. It led to TCU’s first points of the night with a 25 yard field goal by Jaden Oberkrom.
If that didn’t wake up the traveling purple faithful, the ensuing kickoff did. A pooch kick to about the OU 30 yard line careened off a Sooner leg and was pounced on by the TCU coverage team. That set the Horned Frogs up on the 35 yard line.
“It was big,” Stoops said. “They put the defense right back out there in positive field position, and then we have a few penalties to get them down there closer. That was it; it put them right back in the game.”
A pass interference call got TCU inside the red zone where Boykin did the honors, running two yards for the touchdown to make the score 13-10 at the end of three.
After racking up 200 yards of offense in the first half, Oklahoma only had four in the third, demonstrating a shift in momentum in the third frame. With 11 minutes left in the game, Oklahoma had the ball on their own 13 yard line and an important drive ahead. They managed to get the ball down to the opposition’s 44, but the drive stalled there, forcing a punt.