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Sunday, November 11, 2012
3 Up, 3 Down: Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34

By Brandon Chatmon

More on Oklahoma's 42-34 win over Baylor:

THREE UP

1. Sooners pass defense: Simply put, OU’s defense shut down the Bears passing attack. BU quarterback Nick Florence finished 12-of-33 for 172 yards and no touchdowns after entering the game averaging 377.4 passing yards per game with 25 touchdown passes in eight games. Using a defensive package with seven defensive backs, the Sooners covered well and limited the big plays that generally make the Bears offense so explosive.

2. Center Ty Darlington: It’s hard to imagine the true freshman performing much better after being thrown into the mix following Gabe Ikard's head injury. Darlington had two penalties but helped the offense average 6.1 yards per play and he was far from a liability on the offensive interior.

3. Linebacker Frank Shannon: The redshirt freshman continues to impress with eight tackles and one sack against the Bears. His athleticism and quickness make him the ideal linebacker in passing situations. And he’s shown a knack for blitzing well at various times this season.

THREE DOWN

1. Trey Millard's opportunities: The Sooners scored 42 points and cruised to 460 total yards in the win. Nonetheless, it’s always a good idea to make sure Millard touches the ball eight to 10 times per game. He had three receptions for 26 yards and one carry for 1 yard on Saturday.

2. Sooners rush defense: OU allowed Baylor to rush for 252 yards and four touchdowns. While that was largely a result of OU’s game plan to focus on the pass, shoddy tackling allowed the Bears to average 4.9 yards per carry and make a dent on the ground.

3. OU’s turnover margin: The Sooners dropped to minus-2 in turnover margin after a fumble and interception against Baylor. OU has forced one turnover in its last three games after forcing nine turnovers during a three-game stretch against Texas Tech, Texas and Kansas. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was disappointed in the lack of turnovers against the Bears.