TCU vs. Oklahoma in Big 12 championship

TCU vs. Oklahoma in Big 12 championship

There was no screaming and pushing at midfield during warm-ups, no snubbed handshakes at the coin toss.

The Sooners scored 17 unanswered points in the opening quarter to take an early advantage in the Big 12 Championship game with TCU on Saturday, threatening to put the game away early.

Oklahoma secured one of the four 2017 College Football Playoff spots with a 41-17 win over TCU in the return of the Big 12 Championship game after a seven-year absence. Big plays, such as a fumble recovery and an interception, aided in keeping the momentum in favor of the Sooners.

It will be Mayfield's second straight invitation to the Heisman ceremony. "We [did that] so much better in the second half".

The Sooners continue tapping into their talent - most of it unknown to outsiders before the season - in ways they dreamed of back in July and August.

"Any way to win", said Mayfield, who was voted the game's Most Valuable Player. Right now, we're playing well together and that's the most exciting thing. "We just had to take care of our own business and all that's out in front of us". The Sooners can already be sizing up his larger than life statue outside their stadium in Heisman Park, where the program's other five winners are immortalized. "Kenny plays quarterback like a defensive guy too". "Sometimes you've got to do it in different ways, and you need everybody on the team to do it in November and December". On the first play after the punt, Mayfield hit Mykel Jones for a 55-yard catch-and-run score.

"He's one of those players where if he's not on your team, you're going to hate him", Andrews said. It was a must-win game for the Sooners with the College Football Playoff selection day looming and Oklahoma entering the weekend ranked No. 3 in the playoff rankings.

"We've known it for a while, and we're excited to play", Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. Just seven points separated the Sooners and Horned Frogs on the scoreboard, and there was just 13 yards difference in total offensive yards (235 for Oklahoma and 222 for TCU). Hill aired the ball out for 3,208 yards as he recorded 17 touchdowns on the year.

Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield led the Sooners on an 81-yard scoring drive to put Oklahoma up 17-0. "We didn't keep the football". "We always said, 'take champ reps and they're going to equal, basically, winning a championship, and I feel like we've done our part". And there's no "figuring out" Oklahoma's offense, anyway.

Before this season even began, Mayfield was apologizing for an embarrassing situation. Could Mayfield still flourish without two NFL Draft picks at running back and a Biletnikoff Award victor at receiver?

They were everywhere, like thousands of tiny trophies signifying the latest stretch of OU's Big 12 dominance and a season that has never looked more promising. And Riley, a rookie head coach, guided the Sooners to the playoff and got a big hug from a smiling Stoops on the field in the postgame celebration on the field.

The only question left for the Sooners: Rose or Sugar?