Monday, December 10, 2012
Top 5 moments: OU holds on vs. TCU
By Jake Trotter
SoonerNation is counting down the top five moments of Oklahoma’s 2012 season this week.
Play No. 5
The Sooners broke up a 4th-and-13 heave to beat TCU.
After outplaying TCU all afternoon, yet another game was coming down to the final seconds. This time, a shared or even outright Big 12 title was on the line. Maybe a BCS bowl berth, too.
After Mike Hunnicutt missed a 42-yard field goal that would've put the Sooners up by two scores, the Frogs had the ball at the OU 12 with a 46-yard completion. Two plays later, it seemed as if TCU would send the game to overtime. Trevone Boykin broke loose on a scramble into the end zone. Fortunately for the Sooners, officials didn’t miss an obvious holding penalty that cleared the path for Boykin to slash into the end zone.
After a short completion, TCU faced fourth-and-13 from the 15 with less than 30 seconds. Boykin lofted a pass in the end zone to favorite target Josh Boyce. But Tony Jefferson and Julian Wilson read the play all the way. As the ball drifted toward Boyce, the two Sooners collapsed on the ball to slap it away, preserving the Sooners’ hard-fought, 24-17 victory.
In the end, OU didn’t earn the outright conference title or the BCS bowl. Kansas State hammered Texas, and Northern Illinois slipped into the top 16 in the final BCS standings, automatically giving the Huskies the BCS bowl at-large spot.
But the Jefferson/Wilson pass deflection sealed a successful regular season for the Sooners, whose only blemish was the losses to top-ranked Notre Dame and fifth-ranked Kansas State.