Baylor Leads Oklahoma 24-14 at Halftime
12th ranked Baylor rallied from an 11-point first quarter deficit to score three straight touchdowns for a 24-14 halftime lead over 15th ranked Oklahoma before a sellout crowd at Owen Field in Norman.
After Trevor Knight passed for a couple of short touchdown tosses in the first quarter and the Sooners led 14-3…Baylor took over in the 2nd period. The Bears started a 75 yard drive late in the quarter and finished it off with the 33 yard touchdown pass from Bryce Petty to Corey Coleman to cut OU’s lead to 14-10.
Knight threw a pass right to Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager on Oklahoma’s next possession and Hager returned it 36 yards to the Sooners 1 yard line. It took the visiting Bears all of :02 and one play to score…a one yard Devin Chafin plunge and Baylor had the lead 17-14 early in the second quarter.
OU came up with it’s biggest play of the half when Knight hit freshman WR Michiah Quick with a 54 yard pass play to the Baylor 13 yard line…but the drive stalled and Michael Hunnicutt missed badly on a 31-yard field goal try. It was still 17-14 Baylor.
The Bears took the ensuing kickoff and marched 80 yards in 16 plays, but the drive should’ve been over when Baylor was forced to punt from their own 35. However, OU was called for roughing on the kick and the Bears got an automatic first down to keep the drive alive.
Several plays later, Devin Chafin powered in from 2 yards out and Baylor had the 24-14 lead. The Sooners were shut-out in the 2nd quarter on just 96 total yards. At intermission, OU has outgained Baylor 226-212 yds. while Trevor Knight is 8-18 passing for 119 yds. and the 2 scores, but the 1 costly interception. Baylor’s Bryce Petty is 16-25 passing for 181 yards and 1 TD at the break, but the turnover and crucial penalties have Oklahoma in a 10-point hole.
Baylor has lost 37 consecutive road games to nationally ranked teams since 1991 – but OU will have to have a teriffic rally to extend that streak and to beat Baylor for a 12th straight time in Norman.