Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was chastised after the Sooners' Oct. 27 loss to Notre Dame, when he said OU was on the wrong said of a few “judgment calls.”
Saturday, the Sooners were beneficiaries of a few of those.
In the third quarter, OU defensive end R.J. Washington hit TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, who lost control of the ball. It was recovered by linebacker Frank Shannon, who returned it inside the Horned Frogs' 10-yard line.
But officials called the play an incomplete pass; upon review, though, the call was overturned.
“I had a great discussion with the referee on my sideline,” Stoops said. “We were laughing. I said, ‘I'm tellin ya, I haven't gotten one of those all year. We're getting it today. You watch.' Sure enough, that's what happened.”
Then just a few plays into the fourth quarter, with Oklahoma leading 24-14, TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom's 32-yard field-goal attempt was ruled no good.
But television replays showed that the ball might've actually sailed just above the uprights, and barely inside the right one.
Field-goal attempts are not reviewable if the ball is kicked higher than the uprights.
Finally, with under a minute remaining in the game, Boykin ran for a 12-yard touchdown that would have tied the game; guard Blaize Foltz, though, was called for holding.
“We've been on the other side of so many of those, so many that were not called,” Stoops said. “Fortunately, they saw it and called it.”
STILLS SHUT DOWN
Junior Kenny Stills remains Oklahoma's season leader in both catches and receiving yards, but was held Saturday to season lows in the categories.
He only caught two passes for 16 yards against TCU, and both grabs came in the second half.
Credit junior cornerback Jason Verrett; the standout Horned Frogs defensive back was locked on Stills the entire game.
“It makes it a lot easier when you only have to defend 10 guys,” said TCU safety Sam Carter. “Jason's a great player and he was working all summer, and he'll be even better next year.”
THOMPSON FLAGGED AFTER HITTING MAPONGA
With just over a minute remaining in the first half and OU on the TCU 9-yard line, Stills dropped a Landry Jones pass inside the 5.
Following the play, sophomore offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson was called for a 15-yard personal foul for hitting TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga twice in the head.
Thompson had Maponga pinned to the ground, and the skirmish happened a few yards behind most of the other players.
The penalty wasn't ultimately very significant in the game; Jones connected with Jalen Saunders for a 24-yard touchdown pass on the next play, and Thompson played the rest of the contest.
Asked about Thompson's penalty, Stoops said, “A lot of guys get penalties called on them.”
DARLINGTON STEPS IN; IKARD MOVES TO GUARD
Oklahoma guard Adam Shead was injured and left Saturday's game in the first half, continuing the trend that's plagued OU's offensive line all season.
Shead didn't return, but Oklahoma coaches moved center Gabe Ikard to guard, and replaced Ikard with true freshman Ty Darlington.
When Ikard was forced to miss the Baylor game three weeks ago with a head injury, Darlington filled in admirably.
“I think he played well,” Ikard said of the freshman. “I haven't seen the tape obviously, but me and him inside, when they came our way, we were pretty solid on our combos.”
Senior tackle Lane Johnson said after the game that Shead's issues were related to his neck and ankle.
FORMER OU COMMIT CARTER SCORES HUGE TD
TCU sophomore Brandon Carter broke free to catch an 80-yard touchdown pass, which brought the Horned Frogs within seven points of OU with 9:33 left in the third quarter.
Carter, from Euless (Texas) Trinity, was an Oklahoma commitment from June 2010 until a few weeks before signing day 2011, when he switched his verbal pledge to TCU.
When he made the switch, Carter said the decision was made because OU wanted him to play defense, and he preferred to be a receiver.
The 80-yard touchdown was Carter's only reception Saturday; he also returned three kicks for 37 total yards.