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Oklahoma Sooners Football: The Top 5 OU-TCU Games of All Time

The rivalry between the two schools began long before TCU entered the conference

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All four of the matchups against TCU since they entered the league have come down to the wire. Luckily, OU has been able to come out on top in three of those matchups, most notably last year’s contest that featured Steven Parker’s season-saving deflection on a two-point conversion attempt. But the rivalry against TCU dates back long before TCU entered the league, with 11 matchups occurring before 2012. OU holds a 10-5 edge in the series, and here are the top five games.

5. 1998 - Oklahoma 10, TCU 9

In John Blake’s final year in Norman, the Sooners came to Ft. Worth after a season-opening win over North Texas. Patrick Fletcher was given the reigns of the offense after Brandon Daniels’ underwhelming performance in the opener, and Jason Freeman would bail Fletcher out big stripping the ball after an interception to set up Jeff Ferguson’s game-winning field goal. You’ll notice from this highlight that a guy named LaDainian Tomlinson fielding the opening kickoff, and Roy Williams making a Roy Williams-esque play to seal the deal.

2012 - Oklahoma 24, TCU 17

People often overlook this game from the 2012 season because it was overshadowed by the endings against West Virginia and Oklahoma State the previous two weeks. But this one was almost as dramatic towards the end. OU looked like it would win comfortably in the early going, but you just can’t sleep on Gary Patterson’s teams. It ended up coming down to OU’s final defensive possession, when Julian Wilson broke up a pass intended for Josh Boyce in the endzone on fourth down. This was also OU’s introduction to Trevone Boykin, who would cause all sorts of problems for OU and the Big 12 in the years to come.

2014 - TCU 37, Oklahoma 33

This was the day in which Katy Perry ruined Trevor Knight. Let’s just move along, shall we?

1954 - Oklahoma 21, TCU 16

This is a legendary game in both Oklahoma and TCU lore. It was long believed that TCU had scored a touchdown in the final seconds to beat OU before TCU receiver Johhny Crouch admitted to the ref that he had trapped the ball, keeping OU’s eventual 47-game streak alive. But that’s supposedly not how it actually went down. Record-keeping wasn’t as good back then as it was now, and there is obviously no film of the game. Regardless, it was an incredible game that shaped the history of OU football.

2015 - Oklahoma 30, TCU 29

OU was comfortably ahead in this one before cursed quarterback Trevor Knight had to take the reigns after a dirty, dirty hit. OU did everything wrong in the fourth quarter until Steven Parker saved OU’s title hopes with an incredible deflection on a two-point conversion attempt. I still have mad respect for Patterson for attempting that one.

You can watch the full game below.