Instant analysis: Baylor 41, Oklahoma 12
November, 7, 2013
By Max Olson | ESPN.com
They might have started slowly -- well, for them -- but the No. 6 Baylor Bears poured it on and beat No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners 41-12 on Thursday night.
It was over when: Baylor QB Bryce Petty connected with Antwan Goodley for a 25-yard touchdown to put Baylor ahead 41-12. That score came with 9:03 left, capped a 61-second drive and effectively finished off the Sooners.
Game ball goes to: Baylor RB Shock Linwood. Good thing he gets so much playing time in blowout wins. The third-string back was ready for his chance when Glasco Martin and then Lache Seastrunk went down, rushing for 182 yards on 23 carries to keep the Bears' offense rolling. The redshirt freshman now has three 100-yard games on the season.
Stat of the game: Oklahoma finished with 87 rushing yards on 34 attempts, with no running back gaining more than 36 yards on the night. Once the Sooners fell behind by 19, just before halftime, they had little use for a rushing attack that never got rolling.
Unsung hero of the game: Baylor QB Bryce Petty threw for 204 yards and three TDs and rushed for 45 yards and two more TDs, capitalizing with three second-quarter scores to take control of the ballgame. This wasn’t his best game -- in fact, he’d never thrown for less than 300 yards in a game this season -- but he did the job and fared well in his first big test.
What Baylor learned: Any time you can have an off night and still beat the No. 10 team in the country by 29 points, you’re in pretty decent shape. The Bears probably needed to put up a lot more points to really impress voters, but folks should take notice of what this defense did to the Sooners. It’s a strong showing no matter how inept OU is on offense.
What Oklahoma learned: The Sooner defense showed up early and is probably a bit better than this final score suggests. But that Blake Bell-led offense continues to be a jumbled mess on its worst days and far too inconsistent, and throwing Trevor Knight in for occasional cameos didn’t help much. Oklahoma has two easy foes up next but is going to need some help to get back into this Big 12 title race.
Oklahoma State Upsets Oklahoma In OT
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State