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Oklahoma 33, Texas Christian 14

FORT WORTH, Texas - Spencer Rattler threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and Oklahoma won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating TCU 33-14 on Saturday.

Marvin Mims had scoring catches of 50 and 61 yards and set up one of Gabe Brkic's four field goals with a 38-yard punt return, while Rattler averaged almost 26 yards per completion with five connections of at least 33 yards.

Unranked since the first week of October, Oklahoma (3-2, 2-2 Big 12) hasn't gone this long outside the Top 25 since 1999, when former coach Bob Stoops started building what became a perennial contender again before it was passed along to Lincoln Riley.

The Sooners had never been unranked in three-plus seasons under Riley before consecutive losses to Kansas State and Iowa State sent them tumbling out of the poll from a familiar spot in the top five.

But OU built on a four-overtime win over rival Texas by returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area two weeks later and dominating the Horned Frogs (1-3, 1-3).

It was the Sooners' seventh straight win in the series, a streak that includes the 2017 Big 12 championship game, and they are 9-1 against the Horned Frogs since TCU joined the Big 12.

"I think it's a team that wants to find out how good we can get," Riley said. "I'm excited abaout where this team can go. I hope the team senses it. We're still not even scratching the surface of what we feel like we can be. But we're getting closer."

Max Duggan threw his only touchdown pass with the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter as TCU lost its second straight since beating the Longhorns in Austin when Texas was ranked in the top 10.

Mims, a freshman playing not far from his home in the suburbs north of Dallas, had his first 100-yard game with 132 yards on four catches and is up to a team-leading six touchdowns.

Rattler had a 43-yard completion to Seth McGowan on the opening drive, which ended with 12-yard scoring run by T.J. Pledger, a junior who has had the first two 100-yard outings of his career the past two games. He had 122 against TCU.

A 44-yarder to Theo Wease led to a field goal on OU's second possession as Rattler finished 13 of 22 without an interception as the Big 12 leader in that category coming in ended a three-game streak with at least one pick.

"The first drive, we had four guys not do something they were supposed to do," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "Early in the game, you've got come out firing and do the things you need to do so you can get a stop. And I've got to keep doing a better job of calling plays."


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Associated Press


October 24, 2020


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