Sooners Rally For Largest Comeback in School History to Beat Baylor

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Oklahoma's football team rallied from 25 points down in the first half and came from behind to beat  Baylor 34-31 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, on Saturday night.

The comeback was the largest comeback in school history, topping the previous mark of being down 21.

OU's second half was nearly perfect.

On offense, Oklahoma scored on every possession, except for one with a turnover and the final possession of running out the clock.

On defense, the Sooners forced three 3-and-outs and got two turnovers against the Baylor offense.

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts experienced the highs and lows all by himself, turning the ball over 3 times, but throwing for 297 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 114 yards on 27 carries.

Not much went right for the Sooners in the first half, with Baylor scoring 21 points in a six minute stretch bridging the first and second quarters.

The Sooners got a sack from Ronnie Perkins on third down to force a punt on Baylor's opening possession of the game.

Oklahoma got a 39-yard field goal from Gabe Brkic on OU's opening possession to lead 3-0 with 9:25 to play in the first quarter.

The Bears responded by going 78 yards in 10 plays, with Charlie Brewer keeping on a 2-yard touchdown run to put Baylor on top 7-3 with 5:26 to play in the first quarter.

After a big kickoff return was negated by a holding penalty, OU started the ensuing possession at their own 12-yard line.

Jalen Hurts was sacked on third down and the Sooners had to punt.

Baylor then went 54 yards in 5 plays, with Brewer passing to a wide open Denzel Mims for a 30-yard touchdown and the Bears led 14-3 with 1:51 to play in the first quarter.

After another penalty on the kickoff, OU had to start on their own 6-yard line.

On the fifth play of the possession, Hurts fumbled and Terrel Bernard recovered at the Sooners' 27-yard line.

It took Baylor just two plays to score, with Charlie Brewer running for 23 yards to end the first quarter, then scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter to give the Bears a 21-3 lead.

On Oklahoma's ensuing possession, Hurts was intercepted by Grayland Arnold, who returned it 71 yards to the OU 9-yard line.

On the next play, Brewer found Mims for a 9-yard touchdown and the Bears lead was 28-3 to 11:02 to play in the second quarter.

Oklahoma finally got a touchdown when they marched 75 yards in 14 plays, taking up nearly six minutes off the clock, with Hurts passing to Austin Stogner for a 5-yard touchdown to make it 28-10 Baylor with 5:06 to play in the first half.

It was Stogner's first career touchdown.

Baylor ate up almost the rest of the time in the half, with John Mayers kicking a 28-yard field goal to give the Bears a 31-10 lead with 3 seconds left in the first half.

Oklahoma got the ball to start the second half and went 74 yards in 12 plays, with Hurts passing to Stogner for a 3-yard touchdown to cut the Bears' lead to 31-17 with 9:16 to play in the third quarter.

On the first play of Baylor's ensuing possession, JaMycal Hasty broke into the secondary on a run, but fumbled and Pat Fields recovered for OU at the Sooners' 46-yard line.

It was OU's first takeaway since September 28 against Texas Tech.

It appeared OU would take advantage, but on a quarterback draw from the Baylor 4-yard line, Hurts was stripped of the ball and James Lynch recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

Oklahoma's defense responded by forcing Baylor to punt after three downs, and the Sooners then drove back into scoring range as the third quarter ended.

Baylor had just four offensive plays and had the ball for just 1:42 in the third quarter.

Oklahoma capped a 13-play, 90-yard drive when Hurts passed to Theo Wease, who made several elusive moves for a 19-yard touchdown to cut the Baylor lead to 31-24 wtih 12:58 to play.

OU's defense forced another punt after three downs, and the Sooner offense went back to work.

OU marched 77 yards in 13 plays and took 6:01 off the clock, with Hurts passing to Brayden Willis for a 2-yard touchdown to tie the game 31-31 with 5:25 to play.

Hurts was 30-for-42 passing.

Oklahoma forced another 3-and-out and punt and got the ball back with 4:04 to play.

The Sooners couldn't get another touchdown, but Gabe Brkic kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:45 to play to give OU a 34-31 lead.

The Bears got the ball with a chance to tie or win it, but Brewer was intercepted by Nik Bonitto to clinch the largest comeback by point differential in school  history.

Oklahoma outgained Baylor in total yards, 525-307.

OU has won five in a row over the Bears.

The Sooners wore their alternate "Rough Rider" uniforms.

Oklahoma improves to 9-1 overall, 6-1 in Big 12 play.

The Sooners return home for Senior Night next Saturday against TCU at 7:00 pm.

(photo courtesy @OU_Football)

 

 

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