Oklahoma No.4 defeats TCU 52-31 in Williams’ starting debut – 95.5 WSB
NORMAN, Oklahoma. – (AP) – Caleb Williams made his starting debut for the No. 4 Oklahoma, throwing for 295 yards and four touchdowns and attempting another score in the Sooners’ 52-31 victory over the TCU on Saturday night.
The Washington, DC freshman dethroned Spencer Rattler as a starter after claiming a comeback victory over Texas last week in Dallas. He started quickly against TCU with a 75-yard first touchdown that took just under three minutes.
Williams didn’t learn he was the Oklahoma starter until midweek. Riley has said he’s ready to play one of his former top-notch quarterbacks, if necessary, against TCU.
“Caleb had the opportunity tonight and obviously did a great job with it,” said Riley. “I have no doubts that if Spencer had had the opportunity tonight with the way he trained, he would have played really well as well. I thought the play was doing very well. Proud of these guys for a winning effort and to be the first guys on the team. “
Williams was 18 of 23 and ran 66 yards on nine carries. He had a scoring 41-yard run, pulling a defenseman over the line of scrimmage and taking off.
Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) started moving away from TCU with three straight touchdowns to open the third quarter, including two touchdown connections between Williams and wide receiver Jadon Haselwood.
Haselwood finished with 56 yards on six catches leading the team. The Oklahoma third-year wide receiver was impressed with his quarterback’s poise, given his inexperience.
“He’s a great leader to be a freshman. I don’t think he ever feels pressure, ”Haselwood said of Williams. “He’s always in a good mood. Even last week, he didn’t feel any pressure. Like no fear, and you can tell from the way he played. Just a great kid. He can throw it, he can run, he can do whatever he needs to do to get the ball down the field.
TCU quarterback Max Duggan set career records with 336 passing yards and four touchdowns. His main receiver, Quentin Johnston, also had a career day with 185 yards and three touchdowns.
The Horned Frogs (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) were without running back Zach Evans, who had a Big 12 in second with 586 rushing yards and five touchdowns at the start of the weekend.
TCU still had a chance early in the fourth quarter to reduce OU’s lead to a possession, but kicked after six games and allowed OU to cut the time to 1:09 in their final offensive streak.
Williams joined an exclusive club on Saturday, becoming the Sooners’ first true freshman to start quarterback since 1990.
The last Early to achieve the feat? Cale Gundy, Oklahoma offensive coordinator.
Williams dazzled in his debut, setting true OU first-year records for passing yards and touchdowns in one game. He’s only the fifth true freshman quarterback to start for the program.
The Sooners are 7-0 for the second time in the past three seasons and are likely to advance at least one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 following the loss to No.2 to Iowa vs. Purdue, unranked, on Saturday.
Take it away
TCU: The Horned Frogs offense was able to expose a failing Sooners secondary, who was without starting safety Delarrin Turner-Yell and cornerback Woodi Washington. TCU couldn’t keep pace with an invigorated Oklahoma team, however.
Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley must feel validated with his decision to turn to Williams, who asked ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit to consider whether or not Williams deserves the attention of the Heisman Trophy on the ABC show.
TCU: West Virginia host Saturday.
Oklahoma: In Kansas on Saturday.
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