Sooners looking ahead after Baylor beats OU 41-12 in Waco
WACO, Texas – The Baylor Bears beat the Oklahoma Sooners 41-12 in Waco, Texas, Thursday night.
Making a strong BCS statement the unbeaten Baylor Bears scored 28 straight points Thursday night to rout Oklahoma.
After each team punted on their opening possession, Baylor marched to a field goal from Aaron Jones from 29 yards to take a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Sooners lost one of their top offensive players late in the first quarter.
A Blake Bell pass to Sterling Shepard was momentarily caught, but Shepard was jarred free from the ball on a big hit by K.J. Morton.
Morton, however, was called for a targeting foul, then two other personal foul penalties were called on Baylor, giving OU the ball at the Baylor 7-yard line.
Shepard was shaken up on the play and had to be helped off the field. He did not return.
OU was in position to take the lead off the three-penalty play, but Bell was stopped short on 4th and goal and Baylor took over on downs.
Two plays later, the Sooner defense made a big play, as Dominique Alexander sacked Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty for a safety to make it 3-2 Bears.
On the enusing free kick, Jalen Saunders returned it 54 yards to put OU in good position to score a touchdown, but the Sooner offense sputtered and they had to settle for a 22-yard field goal from Michael Hunnicutt.
Midway through the second quarter, Baylor’s potent offense got rolling.
The Bears went 69 yards in five plays, with Petty scoring on a five-yard touchdown run to give Baylor the lead for good, 10-5.
On BU’s next possession, they marched 93 yards in nine plays, getting a 39-yard pass from Petty to Levi Norwood to set up a one-yard touchdown run from Petty to make it 17-5 Baylor.
Petty was 13 of 26 for 204 yards passing and three touchdowns, plus he ran for 45 yards and two scores.
With a minute left in the first half, OU got the ball back, but on their first snap of the possession, Bell was intercepted by Eddie Lackey at the Sooner 38.
It took Baylor just five plays to score from there, as Petty hit Antwan Goodley for a 24-yard touchdown to give Baylor a 24-5 halftime lead.
The Bears added to the lead midway through the third quarter on a Petty pass to Levi Norwood for a 17-yard touchdown.
It made the score 31-5 Baylor, capping a 28-point scoring run by the Bears.
Norwood caught four passes for 78 yards.
Oklahoma’s offense finally drove to a touchdown the next time the Sooners got the ball, going 71 yards in 10 plays, with Bell finding Roy Finch on a 10-yard screen pass for the touchdown to make it 31-12 Baylor.
The Bears added a field goal to make it 34-12 after three quarters, then got a fourth quarter touchdown pass of 25 yards from Petty to Goodley to cap the scoring in a 41-12 win.
Oklahoma’s offense was outgained by Baylor by 222 yards, with OU struggling to both run and pass.
Bell was just 15 of 35 for 150 yards passing and threw two interceptions.
Roy Finch was OU’s leading rusher with just 36 yards.
OU was just 4 of 17 on third down conversions.
The loss was the fourth worst for Oklahoma in the Bob Stoops coaching era, and effectively eliminates OU from the Big 12 championship hunt.
Baylor won their 12th straight game and is 8-0 for the first time in program history.
Oklahoma will next be in action on November 16th when they host Iowa State on senior day in Norman.