Oklahoma outlasts West Virginia to advance to Big 12 championship

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Not once, but twice.

Unlike after his first fumble-six, Grier did not lead WVU to an immediate touchdown. Grier attempted to get away from the OU defender but was unable to and was dropped for a 12-loss.

In the first Red River Rivalry, UT's Cameron Dicker connected on a 40-yard field goal with nine seconds left to shock the Sooners at the Cotton Bowl. Gaskin rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, a year after running for 192 yards and four scores against the Cougars. "But I'll be ready to go".

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier was 32 of 49 for 539 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, but had two critical fumbles, both returned for touchdowns by the Sooners' defense, and that turned out to be the difference. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. It was two touchdowns in as many possessions for West Virginia's offense.

The Sooners led 35-28 at halftime.

In the fourth quarter, OU fifth-year senior linebacker Curtis Bolton returned a fumble forced by defensive end Kenneth Mann for a touchdown. This time, WVU went 80 yards in nine plays, pulling back within 59-56 on Martell Pettway's 17-yard run with 4:20 left in the game.

"The defense isn't going to shut people out", Lehman said. But in big moments, they've shown they can get the stops they need to win. "If anyone on their defense has anything to say, they can have fun playing Kyler next week".

"Yeah it was a little nerve wracking, but hey, we're going to the Big 12 Championship!" exclaimed Rathke.

On this night, the Sooners' defense surrendered 704 total yards and eight touchdowns, yet undeniably was still a key component to the victory. They rely heavily on the veteran arm of Will Grier, a sure-fire National Football League quarterback for years to come.

Grier and West Virginia's offense would not get back on the field.

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Once again, the Sooners' offense was overpowering.

The highlights from the game were nearly enough to fill a season's reel. He played Saturday against Kansas but was not efficient as a passer, completing just 16 of 28 passes for 154 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. It was his second game of 350 yards passing and 100 yards rushing.

This score tied the game up.

"He's awesome", Riley said of Murray for the umpteenth time this season. We did it enough tonight. "And if we don't get it, we've got three timeouts to use". Like I said, I don't understand it. "He had the trust in me to call the play".

Carson Meier had two receptions for 46 yards. "Honestly, there's no other way to describe it". Here it is in a downtrodden end of meaningful play in The Day After. "So there were nerves and excitement and passion-everybody was really alive for it being an 11 o'clock game". Since 2015, OU leads the nation with 22 games of scoring at least half-a-hundred. For Oklahoma, wide receiver Marquise Brown, offensive tackles Bobby Evans and Cody Ford and guard Ben Powers. It was Brown's second career 200-yard receiving game (career-high 265 against Oklahoma State last year), joining Ryan Broyles and Dede Westbrook as the only OU players with multiple 200-yard career receiving games.

Oklahoma linebacker Caleb Kelly had a 12-yard TD return in the second quarter.

"We didn't make our goal", Holgorsen said. If Texas were to lose that game, these two teams would battle it out again in a week in the championship game.

Washington State (10-2, 7-2) carried the Pac-12's last remaining hope of finding a way into the College Football Playoff, but the Air Raid was mostly grounded by a combo of blowing snow and Washington's sticky secondary.

The Sooners and Longhorns kickoff at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Arlington.

But first things first, the 'Horns have to play in the Big 12 Championship.