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Quick Recap: Oklahoma Wins the Big 12 Championship

The Sooners outlast the Longhorns to become the 2018 Big 12 Champions! #Sooners #Longhorns #Big12Championship

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For the first time in conference history, the Big 12 Championship game was a Red River Rivalry matchup, and it lived up to the billing.

It was all Longhorns early. Texas got the ball first and made quick work of a porous Oklahoma defense to jump out to a 7-0 lead.

The Sooners came out tight, and promptly blew through their first half timeout allotment before we even got to the second quarter, and found themselves down 7-3 and the end of the first.

Oklahoma struggled to get it going, as the Texas defense came out on fire and making plays.

The Longhorns jumped out to a 14-6 lead, but they couldn’t hold the Sooner’s offense at bay forever.

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The Sooners settled into the game, and their offense came alive.

First, Klyer Murray found CeeDee Lamb in the endzone to make it a one-point game.

Lamb was dominant for the Sooners. He finished with six catches for 167 yards, including the touchdown above, and this fantastic catch.

The Sooners weren’t done, either. Oklahoma, out of timeouts, put together a game-changing drive just before the half. With just 23 seconds remaining, Murray found tight end Grant Calcaterra for the touchdown.

Despite their first-half struggles, the Sooners had a 20-14 lead, and got the ball coming out of the half.

The Sooners came out from the break, and start the second half like they ended the first; with a touchdown.

All of a sudden, Texas found themselves down two possessions, and they needed an answer. Sam Ehlinger and the offense stepped up.

Collin Johnson had himself a day, and broke the Big 12 Championship Game receiving record with eight catches for 177 yards and the touchdown.

A few minutes later and the Longhorns were in the end zone once again…

Thanks to a missed extra point, the game was tied up heading into the fourth quarter.

The Sooners marched down the field to open the fourth, but for the third time on the day, they had to settle for the field goal to take a 30-27 lead. A lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Grant Calcaterra and the Sooners put the game away with an one-handed grab on a 11-play, 65-yard drive that ate 6:19 off the clock.

Murray was clutch and put a Heisman performance. he finished 25-34 for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Sooners won their fourth-straight Big 12 Championship, and now wait to see if it was enough to make the College Football Playoff.

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