Oklahoma Opens Up Big Lead in Big 12 Title Game After 1

WATCH: Caleb Kelly returns fumble for Sooners TD on TCU's first offensive play

The Big XII may not be using the "One True Champion" slogan anymore, but they definitely found one at AT&T Stadium Saturday.

Here are three takeaways from the Sooners' win over the Horned Frogs.

For a league left out of the College Football Playoff twice in the first three years of the system, the timing of its title game return could be less than ideal.

The much-maligned OU defense forced TCU into a three-and-out on the Horned Frogs first possession of the second half.

Mayfield and Andrews hooked up again for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 3:45 to play in the second quarter before Cole Bunce added 26-yard field goal in the half's waning seconds to cut the Oklahoma lead to 24-17. The Horned Frogs finally got things going offensively late in the first quarter, and carried that momentum over into the second quarter, scoring 17 points of their own to get right back in the game.

Mayfield, voted the game's most valuable player, also strengthened his firm grip on the Heisman Trophy. Two plays later, Marquise Brown made an over-the-shoulder grab for a 52-yard TD strike and a 38-17 lead. Woodside threw three touchdown passes in the first half, two to Diontae Johnson, as help the Rockets take a 28-0 lead.

WATCH: Caleb Kelly returns fumble for Sooners TD on TCU's first offensive play
Big 12 Championship: Sooners throttle TCU for 3rd straight Big 12 title

Even TCU coach Gary Patterson acknowledged, when asked this week, that "probably the best (outcome) for the Big 12 is Oklahoma to win".

The Knights led 48-34 early in the fourth quarter but the Tigers rallied to tie with 4:13 remaining on Ferguson's 10-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller.

TCU hadn't allowed a second-half touchdown its past six games, including against the Sooners in the regular-season meeting. No team had even led by more than 16 points in the history of this game until the Sooners led by 17 in the first quarter on Saturday.

The Sooners are now 12-1 in Lincoln Riley's first season as head coach. Although his overall numbers aren't quite as jaw-dropping as Lamar Jackson's last season, and his often unsportsmanlike demeanor have come into question, the OU signal caller has given college football fans an impressive 2017 season worthy of the Heisman Trophy - handed out next Saturday in NY - while spearheading Oklahoma to a Playoff-worthy résumé.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Oklahoma could already be playoff bound, except Heisman Trophy front-runner Baker Mayfield and the Sooners have to play in the revived Big 12 championship game - and beat No. 10 TCU for the second time in four weeks. It is their first 12-win season since 2010. The Sooners will next play on New Year's Day in either the Rose Bowl in Pasadena or the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans against an opponent to be determined.

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