Oklahoma has had the best of TCU since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 Conference in 2012. The Sooners own a 4-1 edge in the series, with the lone loss coming in Fort Worth in 2014.
The two teams will be pitted against each other in a top-10 matchup in Norman, Okla. on Saturday. While the environment and an explosive offense led by quarterback Baker Mayfield may give Oklahoma an edge on paper, a recent trend has made TCU a dangerous opponent for the Sooners — at least late in the game.
In the last three meetings, TCU has outscored Oklahoma in 44-5 in the fourth quarter. The Sooners’ only points came on a blocked extra-point in 2014 and a field goal in 2016.
Hanging on for dear life
TCU has never led at halftime against Oklahoma in any of the past three meetings between the two. The Sooners and Horned Frogs were tied 24-all at the half in 2014, but Oklahoma carried 23-7 and 35-24 halftime leads and the 2015 and 2016 meetings, respectively.
Oklahoma led TCU by as much as 25 points in the fourth quarter one year ago, but allowed TCU to come within three points before hanging on for a six-point win. In 2015, a failed two-point conversion attempt was all that kept Oklahoma from blowing a 30-13 fourth-quarter lead in a 30-29 win.
TCU isn’t much of a stranger to comebacks, as Horned Frogs fans know. Just two games after the 2015 meeting, TCU overcame a 31-0 halftime deficit en route to an overtime win over Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Oklahoma will face what is likely the best defense it has gone up against all season when the Horned Frogs roll into town on Saturday. If the Sooners can go up big, it will be an impressive feat by all means.
But if history is any indicator, Oklahoma can’t afford the let off the gas in the final 15 minutes. Because it’s almost a given that the Horned Frogs will be firing on all cylinders up to the final second of regulation.
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