Caleb Kelly returns fumble for Sooners TD on TCU's first offensive play

Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma will try to win the Big Ten Championship game today

This was exactly the way TCU did not want to start this game.

Oklahoma and TCU battle for the Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday.

Mayfield drew plenty of criticism earlier this season for grabbing his crotch and hurling expletives at Kansas players, in part because the Jayhawks' captains refused to shake his hand during the coin toss ceremony and because there were a couple of cheap shots taken against him during the game.

The second half was when the direction of the gam changed dramatically. They'll get an invitation to the playoff, and match up well with any of the remaining hopefuls.

"The reason I came back was to play for a national title", Mayfield said. "The most exciting thing about today is we control our destiny". "We just had to take care of our own business and all that's out in front of us".

Whether or not an eighth national title arrives in Oklahoma this year, a sixth Heisman Trophy is on its way. The Sooners can already be sizing up his larger than life statue outside their stadium in Heisman Park, where the program's other five winners are immortalized. "He's the best teammate you could imagine", Sooners tight end Mark Andrews said.

Mayfield's two touchdown passes in the second half were to the small-and-speedy Mykel Jones and Marquise Brown, neither of whom had scored for OU until this season.

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The stingy TCU defense, ranked 18th in the nation and No. 2 against the run, had given up just six points total in the second half in its last seven games. "It's a great thing, I think, for our league to showcase two great football teams going at it". Mayfield also had a 54-yard dash out of the pocket, the longest run of his career.

The triumph advances the No. 3-ranked Sooners (12-1 overall) into the College Football Playoff for the second time in the last three seasons.

TCU running back Kyle Hicks was swarmed in the backfield and simply coughed it up.

The Horned Frogs as a whole exhibited a respectable offensive showing in the first half with Hill throwing for 159 yards with two touchdowns on 19-24 passing. The Sooners separated themselves from the Horned Frogs in the second half en route to a 41-17 victory.

Mayfield bolstered his 15-of-23, 243-yard passing day during a 17-0 blitz in the third quarter, tossing touchdowns of 52 and 55 yards as OU built a 24-point lead it milked the rest of the way. "There was a Texas Tech pretty well-known quarterback that hit a guy from A&M in the head and they all thought it was amusing, to throw balls and do those kind of things back in those days", Patterson said, never mentioning any names. "We didn't keep the football". "We just wanted another chance at them".

A 26-yard field goal by TCU's Cole Bunce with four seconds remaining before halftime cut the Sooner lead to seven points, and gave the Horned Frogs a shot of momentum going into the locker room, knowing that they were going to receive the ball to open the second half. And there's no "figuring out" Oklahoma's offense, anyway.

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