“The safety was a little flat-footed, he made a stutter step and I just took it to the crib,” Clay said.
Clay spent most of the 76 yards checking out the jumbotron for potential bushwhackers, but the only person he saw catching him was teammate Jalen Saunders, who provided protection the final 15 yards or so.
And Clay has emerged not only as OU's dependable back, but OU's top rusher. He's got 450 yards through five games.
“He's done a great job taking care of the football,” Heupel said. “You trust him in critical situations. He's proven he's going to do it and do it well. The way he finished Notre Dame speaks to that.”
How much did OU need that play? The Frogs themselves showed us that, answering Clay's touchdown with a five-play, 75-yard TD drive that took barely two minutes and reminded us of the ancient days of 2012, when defenses were soft and the Sooners couldn't stop much of anybody or anything.
With 2:26 left, TCU still had life and so much confidence that it didn't even try an onside kick. The Frogs kicked deep and took their chances.
It didn't work out. Bell bulldozed 13 and 17 yards on successive second-and-long plays, and the Sooners had yet another gut-it-out victory.
“I'm very pleased and excited that we were able to make the plays that we did to win the football game,” Bob Stoops said.
“Both teams were kind of … who's going to pop something? Who's going to get the play? I love it. It shows some character. Fact that guys are in good shape, ready to finish.”
The Sooners best be ready to finish some more. This Big 12 season doesn't look like it's going to change anytime soon. Tight, tense and waiting for someone, like Brennan Clay, to make the big play.
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