Oklahoma State 49 — Texas 31
Welcome to the wild Big 12. The Cowboys and Longhorns exchanged scores for the first three quarters, before the Cowboys finally found separation and beat Texas, in Stillwater, for the first time since 1997.
Both teams combined for 62 points in a back and forth first half. Mason Rudolph passed for over 300 yards in the half for the second time this season, to go along with three touchdowns. The Longhorns stayed step-for-step through the running game, but it was special teams that cost Texas points. Longhorn kicker, Trent Domingue, missed one field goal, and had three extra points blocked. The first was returned by Tre Flowers for a safety, spotting the Cowboys an early 16–12 lead.
The second half saw defensive adjustments, which limited both team’ opportunities. Oklahoma State was able to keep two scores ahead throughout the third, and two Ben Grogan field goals locked the game in for the Cowboys.
Mason Rudolph performed well, but the game ball has to go to running back Justice Hill. The true freshman had his second consecutive 100 yard game, finished with a career-best 135 yards and one touchdown. This week, however, he had no fumbles, proving that last week was a valuable learning experience.
Oklahoma 52 — TCU 46
Welcome to the wild Big 12, part two. Oklahoma found themselves down 21–7 in the first quarter, before ripping off 28 consecutive in the second to take a 35–24 lead into the locker room. The Sooners built a 49–21 lead after three, before TCU and QB Kenny Hill came storming back in the fourth, pulling to within 49–46. The game remained in doubt at 52–46, until linebacker, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo picked up two huge sacks on the Horned Frogs final drive.
Baker Mayfield played his best game of the year, with four touchdowns (two run, two pass), throwing for 274 yards on 23–30 attempts. Joe Mixon ran for 105 yards, also receiving for 70, while Samaje Perine finished with 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Neither team showed a great ability to stop the other, each finishing with over 500 yards of total offense. It was the Sooner run defense and pass rush that proved to be most effective, as Hill finished with 449 yards through the air.
Dede Westbrook played big in a game where the Sooners desperately needed to stretch the field. Westbrook finished with seven catches, 158 yards and two touchdowns. Oklahoma needs a reliable big-play threat out of the receiving corp, and this might be the breakout performance they were looking for.