ARLINGTON, Texas, Sporting Alert – Baker Mayfield threw four touchdown passes and No. 2 Oklahoma punched its College Football Playoff spot with a 41-17 win over No. 10 TCU in the Big 12 championship game Saturday.
“I’m really proud of our group for not listening to all the noise on the outside and we’ve played pretty good ball here at the end,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said.
“We knew there was going to be a championship game and that was just going to be part of our journey if we wanted to get to this place.”
The Sooner (12-1) raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and then scored 17 more unanswered in the third quarter to seal the win after the Horned Frogs (10-3) made it 17-14 midway through the second quarter.
TCU trailed 24-17 at the break, but Oklahoma scored twice early to start the second half and pulled away.
“Big plays, we gave up a couple. … Two plays basically in the second half,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said.
“The worst thing that could happen in the third quarter happened.”
Mayfield, the leading Heisman Trophy candidate, went 15 of 23 for 243 yards without an interception and ran for another 65 yards on six carries for Oklahoma, which got 93 yards on the ground from Rodney Anderson.
Mark Andrews caught two scoring passes, while Marquise Brown had three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown and Mykel Jones also caught a pass for a score for the Sooners.
“The reason I came back was to play for a national title,” Mayfield said. “The most exciting thing about today is we control our destiny. … That’s all out in front of us.”
Kenny Hill was 27 of 37 for 234 yards and threw touchdown passes to John Diarse and Jalen Reagor, while adding 51 yards on the ground on 13 carries for TCU.
The Sooners are now waiting to find out who will be their next opponent and in which college football playoff semifinal game they will contest.
Will it be the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl?