Oklahoma outlasts TCU with controversial first-down call from refs

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For the second time this season, Oklahoma staved off an upset-minded opponent to keep its Big 12 and College Football Playoff hopes alive. And for the second time, that win came in controversial fashion.

On Saturday, the victory was secured after an iffy spot by officials, who awarded Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts a first down that allowed Oklahoma to run the clock out instead of punting the ball to TCU for one final drive.

Oklahoma ended up winning 28-24 and securing a berth in a fourth consecutive Big 12 championship game (2010, 2017-19).

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Here's a replay of the pivotal spot. The video seems to show Hurts was stopped well short of the line to gain on third down.

Officials gave Hurts the first down on the field and, after a lengthy review, said the call on the field stood. It was yet another controversial call by Big 12 officials in an OU game; refs failed to call what looked to be defensive pass interference by Oklahoma on Iowa State's 2-point conversion attempt in the final seconds of the Sooners' 42-41 win on Nov. 9.

Regardless, Oklahoma advanced to 10-1 (7-1 Big 12) with the victory. Hurts finished the game with 318 combined yards and four touchdowns (and two turnovers that nearly cost his team dearly).

Here are some of the reactions from the controversial first-down spot:

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