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CFP hopeful No. 5 Oklahoma beats No. 9 Texas for Big 12

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kyler Murray had another Heisman Trophy-worthy performance, Oklahoma's much-maligned defense made some big key plays and the fifth-ranked Sooners won yet another conference title.

Now the 12-time Big 12 champions wait to find out if all that is good enough to get back into the College Football Playoff.

''There's no doubt we have a playoff-worthy team, but I understand that there's other factors there too that we can't control,'' coach Lincoln Riley said. ''We've done all we can.''

Murray was 25-of-34 passing for 379 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners beat No. 9 Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, avenging their only loss and making their case for their third playoff appearance in four years.

Two of Murray's TD throws were to Grant Calcaterra, who had an impressive one-handed grab for an 18-yard score on a third-and-10 play with two minutes left.

''That catch will live on in Oklahoma history forever,'' Riley said.

The Sooners (12-1, No. 5 CFP) won their seventh consecutive game - and became the first Power Five team to win four outright conference titles in a row since Florida in the SEC in the mid-1990s. Clemson (13-0, No. 2 CFP) matched them by winning its fourth ACC title in a row later Saturday with a win over Pittsburgh.

Also Saturday, Alabama (13-0, No. 1 CFP) rallied from a two-TD deficit for a 35-28 win over Georgia (11-2, No. 4 CFP) for the SEC title. Ohio State (12-1, No. 6 CFP) beat Northwestern 45-21 in the Big Ten championship game .

Sam Ehlinger was 23-of-36 passing for 349 yards with two touchdowns and also ran for two scores for Texas (9-4). But his final pass was picked off by Tre Norwood at the 1 in the final minute, and there was also a critical safety.

Two plays after Oklahoma's only turnover, when receiver CeeDee Lamb fumbled inside the 10 after a 54-yard catch-and-run with nine minutes left, the Sooners got points anyway. Cornerback Tre Brown blitzed and sacked Ehlinger in the end zone for a safety that made it 32-27.

''Our defense did a great job getting the ball back to us. Offensively we didn't take care of our part of the bargain,'' Ehlinger said. ''That's on us, that's on me. I will make it my mission to never let this team or this school feel this disappointment again.''

That was a huge play for a Sooners defense that had allowed at least 40 points in each of the previous four games - three of those being OU victories by a combined nine points.

Asked if the Sooners' defense is good enough to win a national title this season, Riley quickly answered yes.

''Based on we beat everybody on our schedule. You've got to win by one point, these games, the last time I checked,'' Riley said. ''We've had some of our best performances here the last couple of weeks, in huge, huge games, huge moments against dynamic offenses.''

Lamb caught the ball near midfield, cut inside, and spun around another defender toward the middle of the field when he was crushed from behind by linebacker Gary Johnson, knocking the ball loose. Lamb did have six catches for 167 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown in the first half.

The 114th meeting between the Red River rivals was their first in a championship game - and the first time since 1903 they had played twice in the same season. Every game since 1929 had been played about 20 miles away at the State Fair of Texas, where the Longhorns beat Oklahoma 48-45 eight weeks ago.

Oklahoma never trailed again after Murray threw TDs on its last two drives before halftime for a 20-14 lead, on Calcaterra's 6-yard TD pass in the final minute when the Sooners were out of timeouts but went 80 yards in five plays.

The Sooners were up 27-21 until Ehlinger threw a 5-yard TD to Lil'Jordan Humphrey with 2:44 left in the third quarter. But the extra point that would have put Texas ahead was partially blocked and bounced off the crossbar no good.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas: The Longhorns have come a long way in two seasons under coach Tom Herman. They were coming off three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1930s when he became coach. Herman said it is difficult after a loss, and with still a game to play, to reflect on the season and just how much progress has been made.

''We earned the right to play in a big-time bowl game,'' Herman said.

Oklahoma: The Sooners are the only Big 12 team that has made it into the four-team playoff, going in 2015 and again last season with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield. They haven't made it to a CFP title game.

RECEIVING RECORD

Texas WR Collin Johnson set a Big 12 championship game record with 177 yards receiving on his eight catches. He had a 27-yard TD in the third quarter on a drive when he also had catches of 25 and 21 yards.

UP NEXT

Texas will go to its first Sugar Bowl since 1995 if Oklahoma gets into the College Football Playoff. If not, the Longhorns are likely headed to the Alamo Bowl.

Oklahoma could be playing in the same stadium in four weeks for the Cotton Bowl, if the Sooners make the playoff. Otherwise, the Sooners go to the Sugar Bowl to play an SEC team.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:00
43-A.Seibert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
39
Touchdown 2:00
1-K.Murray complete to 80-G.Calcaterra. 80-G.Calcaterra runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
80
yds
06:32
pos
27
38
Safety 9:06
11-S.Ehlinger sacked at TEX End Zone for -7 yards to TEX End Zone for no gain safety (6-T.Brown).
plays
yds
pos
27
32
Field Goal 12:45
43-A.Seibert 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
51
yds
02:04
pos
27
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 2:44
17-C.Dicker extra point is no good. blocked by 72-A.Bledsoe.
plays
yds
pos
27
27
Touchdown 2:50
11-S.Ehlinger complete to 84-L.Humphrey. 84-L.Humphrey runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
93
yds
04:48
pos
27
27
Point After TD 8:47
17-C.Dicker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
27
Touchdown 8:57
11-S.Ehlinger complete to 9-C.Johnson. 9-C.Johnson runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
65
yds
03:04
pos
20
27
Point After TD 12:01
43-A.Seibert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
27
Touchdown 12:06
4-T.Sermon runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
80
yds
00:00
pos
14
26
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:18
43-A.Seibert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
20
Touchdown 0:23
1-K.Murray complete to 80-G.Calcaterra. 80-G.Calcaterra runs 6 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on TEX 19-K.Akkihal Holding declined.
5
plays
80
yds
00:43
pos
14
19
Point After TD 5:01
43-A.Seibert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
13
Touchdown 5:10
1-K.Murray complete to 2-C.Lamb. 2-C.Lamb runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
87
yds
02:43
pos
14
12
Point After TD 11:22
17-C.Dicker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
6
Touchdown 11:25
11-S.Ehlinger runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
65
yds
03:29
pos
13
6
Field Goal 15:00
43-A.Seibert 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
70
yds
04:48
pos
7
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:11
43-A.Seibert 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
57
yds
03:27
pos
7
3
Point After TD 11:38
17-C.Dicker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 11:45
11-S.Ehlinger runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
65
yds
03:15
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 29
Rushing 7 8
Passing 14 16
Penalty 2 5
3rd Down Conv 8-13 8-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 413 503
Total Plays 69 74
Avg Gain 6.0 6.8
Net Yards Rushing 88 129
Rush Attempts 32 40
Avg Rush Yards 2.8 3.2
Net Yards Passing 325 374
Comp. - Att. 23-37 25-34
Yards Per Pass 8.8 11.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-24 2-5
Penalties - Yards 13-128 5-60
Touchdowns 4 4
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-37.3 2-40.5
Return Yards 22 30
Punts - Returns 0-0 1--1
Kickoffs - Returns 1-22 1-26
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-5
Kicking 3/4 7/7
Extra Points 3/4 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 3/3
Safeties 0 1
1234T
15 Texas 9-4 7713027
4 Oklahoma 12-1 31771239
325 PASS YDS 374
88 RUSH YDS 129
413 TOTAL YDS 503
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.9% 349 2 1 158.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 3123 25 5 148.5
S. Ehlinger 23/36 349 2 1
K. Ingram 26 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
K. Ingram 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 42 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
143 418 13
S. Ehlinger 15 42 2 16
T. Watson 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
167 695 3
T. Watson 13 39 0 9
K. Ingram 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
133 683 3
K. Ingram 4 7 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Johnson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 177 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
65 945 7
C. Johnson 8 177 1 32
De. Duvernay 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 56 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 524 4
De. Duvernay 3 56 0 28
L. Humphrey 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 51 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
79 1109 9
L. Humphrey 7 51 1 18
K. Ingram 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 146 2
K. Ingram 3 23 0 15
J. Heard 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 110 0
J. Heard 1 22 0 22
A. Beck 47 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 276 2
A. Beck 1 20 0 20
T. Watson 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 137 3
T. Watson 0 0 0 0
B. Eagles 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 35 0
B. Eagles 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
G. Johnson 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
G. Johnson 8-3 0.0 0
A. Wheeler 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 1.0
A. Wheeler 7-4 1.0 0
B. Jones 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 2 0.0
B. Jones 6-1 0.0 0
D. Davis 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
D. Davis 6-0 0.0 0
B. Foster 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
B. Foster 5-1 0.0 0
P. Locke III 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
P. Locke III 5-1 0.0 0
C. Nelson 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
C. Nelson 3-2 0.0 0
C. Omenihu 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
C. Omenihu 3-0 1.0 0
J. McCulloch 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
J. McCulloch 3-0 0.0 0
C. Sterns 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 4 0.0
C. Sterns 3-0 0.0 0
K. Boyd 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 1 0.0
K. Boyd 2-3 0.0 0
M. Roach 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
M. Roach 1-4 0.0 0
B. Hager 44 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Hager 1-0 0.0 0
K. Boyce 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Boyce 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Dicker 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/4
SEASON FG XP
0/0 3/4
C. Dicker 0/0 0 3/4 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Bujcevski 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 37.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
58 40.2 1
R. Bujcevski 4 37.3 1 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Humphrey 84 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 21.5 22 0
L. Humphrey 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Ky. Murray 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.5% 379 3 0 196.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.9% 4053 40 7 205.7
Ky. Murray 25/34 379 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Sermon 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 65 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
155 928 12
T. Sermon 18 65 1 9
Ky. Murray 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
123 892 11
Ky. Murray 10 39 0 15
K. Brooks 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
113 1021 12
K. Brooks 10 28 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Lamb 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 167 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
57 1049 10
C. Lamb 6 167 1 56
M. Brown 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 54 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
75 1318 10
M. Brown 5 54 0 24
N. Basquine 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 99 0
N. Basquine 2 44 0 24
G. Calcaterra 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 38 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 378 6
G. Calcaterra 3 38 2 18
L. Morris 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 457 8
L. Morris 2 31 0 18
M. Tease 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 104 1
M. Tease 3 29 0 12
C. Meier 45 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 276 4
C. Meier 1 7 0 7
C. Rambo 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 51 0
C. Rambo 1 6 0 6
T. Sermon 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 181 0
T. Sermon 1 3 0 3
K. Brooks 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 36 0
K. Brooks 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Bolton 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
C. Bolton 8-2 0.0 0
T. Brown 6 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
T. Brown 7-0 1.0 0
Ke. Murray 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
Ke. Murray 6-1 0.0 0
C. Kelly 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
C. Kelly 6-1 0.0 0
N. Gallimore 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
N. Gallimore 5-0 0.0 0
R. Barnes 20 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 1 0.0
R. Barnes 4-3 0.0 0
P. Motley 11 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 3 0.0
P. Motley 4-1 0.0 0
K. Mann 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
K. Mann 3-1 0.0 0
T. Norwood 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
T. Norwood 2-1 0.0 1
A. Bledsoe 72 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
A. Bledsoe 2-0 1.0 0
R. Perkins 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
R. Perkins 1-3 1.0 0
P. Fields 10 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
P. Fields 1-1 0.0 0
T. Lott 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Lott 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Seibert 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
15/17 83/84
A. Seibert 3/3 31 4/4 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Seibert 43 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 40.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
29 41.1 0
A. Seibert 2 40.5 0 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Brown 6 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
27 23.9 26 0
T. Brown 1 26.0 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Lamb 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 13.3 0 0
C. Lamb 1 -1.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 OKLA 35 3:15 10 65 TD
7:40 OKLA 35 1:50 7 17 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 OKLA 35 3:29 10 65 TD
10:12 TEXAS 31 2:07 4 2 Punt
5:01 OKLA 35 3:55 11 29 Punt
0:18 OKLA 35 0:00 2 -6 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:01 OKLA 35 3:04 8 75 TD
7:38 TEXAS 32 4:48 14 68 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:41 OKLA 35 1:54 9 28 Punt
9:24 TEXAS 8 0:18 2 12 Safety
2:00 OKLA 20 0:53 8 61 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:38 TEXAS 35 3:27 11 72 FG
5:06 OKLA 35 4:48 13 55 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:22 TEXAS 35 0:37 5 45 Punt
7:53 OKLA 13 2:43 6 87 TD
1:06 OKLA 20 0:43 5 80 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:18 TEXAS 35 0:00 10 75 TD
8:47 TEXAS 35 1:02 4 -3 Punt
2:44 TEXAS 35 2:04 13 51 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:41 OKLA 20 0:55 4 72 Fumble
8:32 TEXAS 20 6:32 13 65 TD
0:59 OKLA 6 0:00 1 -2