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Top-25 roundup: No. 6 Oklahoma edges No. 12 West Virginia in offensive shootout

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray  runs  for a touchdown during the first half  against West Virginia on Friday  in Morgantown, W.Va. (Ray Thompson / AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray runs for a touchdown during the first half against West Virginia on Friday in Morgantown, W.Va. (Ray Thompson / AP)
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Kyler Murray threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, No. 6 Oklahoma scored two defensive TDs and the Sooners beat No. 12 West Virginia 59-56 Friday night in Morgantown, West Virginia for a spot next week in the Big 12 championship game.

The Sooners survived a wild and mostly defenseless affair that featured 1,372 yards of offense.

Oklahoma also kept its College Football Playoff chances alive.

West Virginia lost to Oklahoma for the seventh straight time since joining the league in 2012.

Murray finished 20 of 27 for 364 yards and converted a late fourth down to seal a matchup of Heisman Trophy hopefuls. West Virginia’s Will Grier threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 539 yards on 32 of 49 passing. But Grier lost two fumbles, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

Oklahoma linebacker Caleb Kelly had a 12-yard TD return in the second quarter.

(8) UCF 38, South Florida 10: The Knights lost quarterback McKenzie Milton to injury but still trounced the Bulls in Tampa, Florida, to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 24 games and complete a second consecutive undefeated regular season.

Milton hurt his right knee when he was tackled at the end of a 5-yard run in the second quarter. Darriel Mack Jr. replaced him and may make his second start of the year when UCF faces Memphis next week in the American Athletic Conference title game.

Players from both schools, which are located about 100 miles apart via Interstate 4, kneeled on one knee while a cart was rolled onto the field and Milton received medical attention in front of the South Florida bench. The entire UCF squad left the sideline at one point to form a crowded circle around Milton, who was placed on the cart and taken to the locker room and later a nearby hospital.

Milton completed 5 of 10 passes for 86 yards, including a 14-yard scoring throw to Gabriel Davis for a 7-0 lead. The Knights kicked a field goal on the first play after the quarterback departed to make it 10-0.

(11) Texas 24, Kansas 17: Sam Ehlinger threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score and the Longhorns held off the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas, to reach the Big 12 title game.

The Longhorns opened a 24-7 lead on Cameron Dicker’s 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but the lowly Jayhawks responded with Peyton Bender’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Daylon Charlot and recovered the ensuing onside kick.

After Gabriel Rui made it a one-score game with a 45-yard field goal with 1:37 remaining, Kansas was unable to recover another onside kick and Texas closed out its third consecutive victory. Tre Watson finished with 79 yards on 14 carries.

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