FORT WORTH, Texas — Against Big 12 newcomer TCU, two Oklahoma newcomers carried the Sooner offense to a 24-17 victory.
Transfers Damien Williams and Jalen Saunders combined for all three of Oklahoma's touchdowns — two in the air and one on the ground — to give Oklahoma at least a share of the Big 12 Conference title.
Williams cradled a third-quarter handoff, found the hole and took off.
Sixty-six yards later he crossed the goal line. Not a single defender touched him.
“Mr. Untouchable,” fellow running back Brennan Clay dubbed Williams.
“Damien had another huge day running the football, which he's capable of when his ankle isn't hurt,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. ”Jalen is always sensational. He comes up with big plays. He's got excellent feet and quickness. Those guys made big plays.”
Saunders' big play came on a huge third-down reception at the end of the first half..
Late in the first half, OU quarterback Landry Jones drove the Sooners deep into TCU territory with five straight completions — two passes to Saunders, two to Justin Brown and one to Sterling Shepard.
After two handoffs to Williams took OU to the TCU nine-yard line, OU seemingly stalled out.
Kenny Stills dropped a pass and then right tackle Tyrus Thompson was called on a personal foul penalty for unnecessary roughness.
On third-and-23, Jones threw to Saunders near the 10-yard line and the junior took it the rest of the way for a 24-yard score.
“That was a huge play,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “Obviously you don't want to be behind the chains like we were. Protection was great based on the coverage you see pre-snap; that's probably not where you are going to go with the football.
“Landry does a great job reading it out and great job by Jalen continuing to work and flattening off and going against a linebacker.”
TCU safety Sam Carter blamed himself for the play, saying the missed coverage changed the game.
“I didn't do my job,” Carter said. “I felt I should have made a play right there, but I didn't.”
The reception was Saunders' third touchdown of the season.
“I just felt like one of us were going to break open sooner or later,” Saunders said. “I'm just real excited ... I never won a championship before.”