While it was the Sooner offense that was the hero that past three weeks, it was the Sooner defense that saved the day in Fort Worth. The Oklahoma “D” held TCU on downs inside the OU 20 yard line to hold onto a 24-17 win today to wrap up the Big 12 regular season.
"I want to say congratulations to TCU on a hard fought game; I am really proud of some of our players who have fought through adversity to come out with the win,” said Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops. “It was just a hard-fought game and in the last game the offense was on the field to get the win, and this week the defense was on the field to get the win."
With the win, the Sooners claim at least a share of the Big 12 title. They’ll watch Saturday night’s K-State – Texas game to see who get the automatic bid to the BCS. And also with the win, the Sooners beat all five Texas teams that they faced.
"I guess I never look at anything like that. It's great to do that, but when you're in a league with most of the teams from Texas, you've got to go beat them in Texas,” said Stoops. “They're all good teams, and this is a tough league. It isn't easy to do. I feel fortunate."
While he didn’t put up the amazing numbers of the past two weeks, it was still a workman’s effort from Landry Jones. The Sooner senior was 22-40 for 244 yards and two TDs. Damien Williams rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. One was an 11 yard pass from Landry Jones and the second was on a 66 yards scoring run to open up the second half.
"TCU's defense is one of the top one or two defenses that we've played this season,” said Jones. “I credit those guys. They were playing hard and they were playing physical. We were a bit off here and there, but they did a great job of getting us off of our rhythm."
Defensively the Sooners held the Horned Frogs toe 350 yards of offense, 231 yards in the air and 119 yards on the ground.
For the Sooners, they scored on touchdowns of 11 yards to Damien Williams, a 24 yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones to Jalen Saunders just before half time and then on Williams 66 yard run. Michael Hunnicutt had a 34 yard field goal with 2:19 to go in the third quarter.