What happened and what mattered in the Oklahoma 52-27 win over TCU?
Oklahoma 52, TCU 27
That’s the College Football Playoff-level Oklahoma that had the energy and the offense to roll past a rough date against a fired up team. Kyler Murray was brilliant, completing 19-of-24 passes for 213 yards and four scores, and with 51 rushing yards. More importantly on offense, the line got nasty.
The Texas O line got the love for being more physical a few weeks ago, but this week, the Sooner front five was amazing. Kennedy Brooks ran for 168 yards and a score, Trey Sermon added 110 yards and two touchdowns, and the OU ground game outgunned TCU’s 323 to 112.
Even more importantly than all of that, the defense did its job. There was a rocky run at the end of the first half, but the Sooners attacked and clamped down in the second. The Horned Frog running backs had nowhere to move.
The TCU offense showed a little explosion, but not nearly enough consistency. And now there’s a quarterback issue to deal with the rest of the way. The Horned Frogs couldn’t keep the chains moving, managed just a second half field goal, and couldn’t control the clock.
Michael Collins came in for an ineffective Shawn Robinson and couldn’t do a whole lot more. Robinson completed 3-of-8 passes as the Horned Frogs got down early, and while Collins threw two touchdown passes, he couldn’t move the chains in the second half.
Oklahoma is back on track. It has Kansas State up next to start a run of three road games in the next four dates before closing out at West Virginia. TCU has to go on the road for three of its next four games, and now it has to win three of its last five games. With the way this offense is playing, that’s not a guarantee.