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Texas Christian 55, Oklahoma 24

(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

By SCHUYLER DIXON
AP Sports Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU quarterback Max Duggan outran the Oklahoma defense for a long touchdown and lofted passes to wide-open receivers for other lengthy scores.

Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel never got much of a chance to match him.

Duggan went 67 yards for one of his two rushing TDs and threw for three scores, leading the Horned Frogs to a 55-24 rout of the 18th-ranked Sooners in a second consecutive loss for first-year coach Brent Venables.

"We're not very good obviously right now," Venables said. "We've got a lot to get better at. We've got to give them answers and we've got to help get them better quickly."

Gabriel was knocked out of the game in the second quarter when he was hit in the head while sliding by TCU linebacker Jamoi Hodge, who was ejected for targeting.

Players had to be separated after Hodge's hit while Gabriel stayed down for several minutes, surrounded by the medical staff, before the Central Florida transfer walked off the field on his own.

Gabriel remained on the sideline without his helmet, and Venables said after the game his quarterback was being evaluated for a concussion. Pittsburgh transfer Davis Beville replaced Gabriel and struggled.

There was an even longer delay in the fourth quarter when Oklahoma defensive back Damond Harmon was carted off after being immobilized on a stretcher. Harmon flashed a thumbs-up as he was put on the cart in an emotional scene that included Oklahoma linebacker Kelvin Gilliam, a childhood friend and high school teammate, appearing to fight back tears.

Venables said a surgeon on site believed Harmon's neck was stable, and a precautionary MRI was planned. The coach said Harmon had a history of back issues.

When Lincoln Riley shocked the Sooners by leaving for Southern California, they hired their former defensive coordinator after Venables won two national titles in that role at Clemson.

His defense was no match for Duggan and company as Oklahoma lost consecutive regular-season games for just the second time since 1999. The Sooners (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) opened conference with a home loss to Kansas State.

"We're just not playing with great cohesion right now," Venables said. "Giving up big plays on defense and turning the ball over, or just not being efficient on offense, are recipes for disaster."

It's the most points Oklahoma has allowed since a 63-28 loss to LSU in the 2019 national semifinals. The Horned Frogs (4-0, 1-0) had four touchdowns of at least 62 yards, topped by Taye Barber's 73-yard catch during a 27-point first quarter.

TCU led 41-17 at halftime with 479 yards while finishing with 668 yards in coach Sonny Dykes' Big 12 debut after four seasons at crosstown rival SMU.

Kendre Miller ran 69 yards for a touchdown to put TCU up 48-17 early in the second half and finished with 136 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. The active FBS career leader in yards per carry increased his mark by averaging 10.5 yards.

"Had a bunch of big plays on offense," Dykes said. "That's the formula for us right now is if we can make big plays and take care of the ball, then good things are going to happen for us."

Duggan took off to the right and beat everyone to the sideline on the long score, then added a 35-yard run before capping the final TD drive with a 2-yard run, finishing his day in the third quarter.

"I don't think really (it's about) the way we won, it's just that we won," said Duggan, who had 302 yards passing and 116 rushing said. "It doesn't matter how much you win by, how it looks. You get the win, that's a big deal, especially in this league."

Both teams had committed just one turnover apiece coming in, but Oklahoma opened with a mistake that would be a sign of things to come. The Sooners won the toss and decided to take the ball instead of deferring, but receiver Marvin Mims fumbled on the third play of the game. TCU took advantage and opened the scoring when Duggan's 19-yard scoring pass to Savion Williams finished a 46-yard drive.

When the Sooners weren't being penalized for defensive pass interference (three times in the first quarter), they were leaving receivers wide open in the secondary. Taye was alone on his long TD, as was Gunnar Henderson on a 62-yard score.

Jovantae Barnes had 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Sooners.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oklahoma: This is the second time in three seasons the Sooners have started 0-2 in the Big 12. They rallied to win the league in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but were never manhandled like this.

TCU: The Horned Frogs averaged 10.2 yards per play while building their big halftime lead and finished at 8.9 after coming in second nationally at 8.1 yards per play.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OklaTCU
TCU TD 12:45 Savion Williams 19 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 0 7
Okla FG 9:49 Zach Schmit 43 yd FG 3 7
TCU TD 8:35 Taye Barber 73 yd pass from Max Duggan (missed kick) 3 13
TCU TD 7:17 Max Duggan 67 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 3 20
Okla TD 2:15 Eric Gray 1 yd run (Zach Schmit kick) 10 20
TCU TD 0:07 Kendre Miller 15 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 10 27
Second Quarter OklaTCU
TCU TD 10:30 Emari Demercado 1 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 10 34
Okla TD 8:49 Jovantae Barnes 20 yd run (Zach Schmit kick) 17 34
TCU TD 1:34 Gunnar Henderson 62 yd pass from Max Duggan (Griffin Kell kick) 17 41
Third Quarter OklaTCU
TCU TD 9:30 Kendre Miller 69 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 17 48
TCU TD 1:40 Max Duggan 2 yd run (Griffin Kell kick) 17 55
Fourth Quarter OklaTCU
Okla TD 11:24 Jovantae Barnes 1 yd run (Zach Schmit kick) 24 55
Team Stats
  Oklahoma TCU
First downs 22 29
  Rushing 13 13
  Passing 7 13
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 6-18, 33% 7-14, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 49-179 41-361
Passing Yards 176 307
Return Yards 174 20
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-32-0 24-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--17 1--10
Punts 8 5
Punts-Average 46.9 38.4
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-80 4-55
Time of Possession 27:11 32:49
Oklahoma Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Gabriel 7 16 126 0 0
D. Beville 7 16 50 0 0
TCU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Duggan 23 33 302 3 0
S. Jackson 1 1 5 0 0
Oklahoma Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Barnes 18 100 5.6 2
E. Gray 13 60 4.6 1
T. Walker 5 11 2.2 0
D. Stoops 1 7 7.0 0
G. Sawchuk 2 5 2.5 0
L. Bunkley-Shelton 1 5 5.0 0
G. Freeman 1 2 2.0 0
D. Gabriel 2 0 0.0 0
D. Beville 6 -11 -1.8 0
TCU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Miller 13 136 10.5 2
M. Duggan 5 116 23.2 2
E. Demercado 8 62 7.8 1
E. Bailey 5 24 4.8 0
T. Battle 3 20 6.7 0
C. Wren 3 6 2.0 0
Q. Johnston 1 2 2.0 0
S. Jackson 3 -5 -1.7 0
Oklahoma Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Willis 2 81 40.5 0
M. Mims 4 41 10.3 0
J. Farooq 2 17 8.5 0
J. Barnes 2 14 7.0 0
J. Gibson 1 12 12.0 0
D. Stoops 1 5 5.0 0
E. Gray 1 4 4.0 0
D. Parker Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
TCU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Barber 3 107 35.7 1
G. Henderson 1 62 62.0 1
Q. Johnston 4 41 10.3 0
D. Davis 7 32 4.6 0
S. Williams 3 31 10.3 1
E. Bailey 1 14 14.0 0
J. Hudson 1 10 10.0 0
C. Jackson 1 5 5.0 0
K. Miller 1 3 3.0 0
C. Wren 2 2 1.0 0
Oklahoma Interceptions
Player Int Yards
TCU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Oklahoma Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Turk 8 375 46.9
TCU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sandy 5 192 38.4
Oklahoma Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
TCU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 1 1 1.0
Oklahoma Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Farooq 4 123 30.8
B. Bowman 2 41 20.5
T. Walker 1 10 10.0
TCU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Davis 1 19 19.0
Oklahoma Missed FG
Player Length
TCU Missed FG
Player Length




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