“We came out flat,” said quarterback Blake Bell. “We were in so many third-and-longs, so I think it just stems from that. We need to stay ahead of the chains like we did last week.”
The Sooners held a nine-minute advantage in first-half time of possession, but only had the ball for 2:12 in the third quarter as TCU rallied to within three points.
Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) finished with a season-low 355 yards of total offense Saturday, and that might’ve been much, much lower if not for senior running back Brennan Clay’s 76-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown.
“We did break the big run at the end of the game that changes the statistics, changes the yards-per-rush, all of that stuff, and if you didn’t see the game it looks like we ran the ball really well and we didn’t,” said OU coach Bob Stoops.
After Clay’s touchdown, TCU answered with its own impressive scoring drive to pull back within three points with just over two minutes left.
Bell picked up two first downs, though, on 13- and 17-yard rushes, allowing the Sooners to drain the game clock, escape with a narrow victory and remain unbeaten another day.
“They got the best of a couple guys on our line a few times,” Ikard said. “We need to protect Blake better. I just know coach Bedenbaugh’s gonna be after us so bad this week in practice.