Rusty Burns still remembers the win Oklahoma in 2014. TCUin his third season in the Big 12, opened the year 3-0 with a trio of blowouts in nonconference play before toppling the No. 4 Sooners 37-33 in Fort Worth.
“It was a big game,” Burns said. “We hadn’t beaten them in a long time.”
For Burns, a longtime assistant and offensive coordinator under Gary Patterson at TCU, that win marked a corner kick for the Horned Frogs in the Big 12.
“Oklahoma, our first couple of years (in the league), we took a couple of tough losses against them. They had been there, were physical on both sides of the ball,” said Burns, who spent 12 seasons at TCU from 2009 to 2020. “They were a team that we knew if we were going to compete in this league, we had to compete with them year after year.”
TCU completed a 12-1 season and earned memorable victories Oklahoma State and Kansas State and a share of the Big 12 title before toppling Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl to finish No. 3 in the final AP Top 25. The Frogs went 11-2 the following season and climbed as high as No. 2 in the AP poll . That made it quite a two-season run for a program that joined the Big 12 in 2012 and was less than five years removed from playing in the Mountain West Conference. In fact, it’s a scenario unparalleled in the past quarter-century of college football.