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.
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BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35