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In their first meeting this season, Texas beat Oklahoma 48-45 on a late field goal at State Fair Park on October 6, the final straw that prompted Oklahoma to fire defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

But somehow it was defense that made the difference in No. 6 Oklahoma's 59-56 win over No. 12 West Virginia - not to mention an enormously controversial officiating decision that preceded it.

The Sooners' two defensive touchdowns came while sacking West Virginia quarterback and Heisman candidate Will Grier. Oklahoma had a couple of key defensive plays among a high-scoring game as they had two scoop-and-scores, with Curtis Bolton's in the 4th quarter putting the Sooners up for good.

The OU win advances the Sooners to the Big 12 Championship Game to face Texas next Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Heading into the Oklahoma State game, West Virginia's defense performed admirably.

After an apparent touchdown pass to Gary Jennings was nullified by a penalty, Grier threw incomplete on 4th and 6 and Oklahoma took over on their own 10-yard line. He also had three touchdowns and an interception.

Now, they're going for at least that much.

For the first time since 2009, the Longhorns will play in the Big 12 championship game.

The Longhorns opened a 24-7 lead on Cameron Dicker's 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but the lowly Jayhawks responded with Peyton Bender's 31-yard touchdown pass to Daylon Charlot and recovered the ensuing onside kick. West Virginia's defense answered the bell by pushing the Sooners into a 4th-and-5 situation, but, with the ball at the opponent's 45, Riley elected keep his offense on the field, a choice Murray validated with an 8-yard completion to CeeDee Lamb.

OU redshirt freshman running back Kennedy Brooks rushed for a career-high 182 yards on 21 carries (8.7 average) and included a 68-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter.

West Virginia ate up most of the rest of the half and scored on a one-yard touchdown run by Kennedy McKoy to cut OU's lead to 35-28 with 18 seconds left in the first half.

West Virginia's next possession ended short of a score. The beleaguered Oklahoma defense forced two Will Grier fumbles and returned both for touchdowns and benefitted from two West Virginia touchdowns (or nearly certain touchdowns) getting wiped off the board due to penalties.

West Virginia responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Grier to Jennings to regain the lead 49-45 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.

Unlike after his first fumble-six, Grier did not lead WVU to an immediate touchdown.

"The defense isn't going to shut people out", Lehman said.

The Sooners' next game could be just as tense.

The last time the Red River rivals played twice in a season was 1903, four years before Oklahoma became a state.

Fun and effective. No. 6 OU (11-1 overall, 8-1 Big 12) had entered the game with a mere eight turnovers in 11 games and without a defensive touchdown.


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