OU vs. TCU postgame: Breaking it down

OU running back Damien Williams

FORT WORTH, Texas — For the third game in a row, a play inside the final minute went the Sooners' way for a victory, this time in a 24-17 decision, and now Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into it.

Game ball goes to: Running back Damien Williams. The 6-foot, 208-pound bruiser pounced to his fourth rushing touchdown or 60 yards or longer this season and had a pair of scores on the day, one rushing, one receiving. He finished with 115 rushing yards on 18 carries and also hauled in four catches for 39 yards.

Play of the game: With less than 30 seconds left, OU leading 24-17 and TCU facing fourth-and-13 inside the 20 with a chance to tie the game, free safety Tony Jefferson flew over and smacked the ball away for the game-winning pass breakup. It allowed the Sooners to kneel it out and squeak out a nail-biter.

Surprise of the game: Offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson was not ejected when he obviously threw a punch at TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga late in the first half. He was flagged but allowed to stay in the contest. A suspension for the bowl game could still ensue.

The biggest thing we learned: OU is almost ensured a spot in the BCS, likely the Sugar Bowl. It has claimed a share of the Big 12 Championship and could win it outright should Kansas State lose to Texas.

The biggest concern: Will Thompson be suspended? That would be another big blow to an offensive line that has already had to shuffle guys in and out of the rotation all season.

Streak count: 8 straight Big 12 victories dating back to their 24-19 conference opener loss to K-State.

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