The Woodward News


November 8, 2013

Baylor dominates Sooners, 41-12

Woodward, Okla. — By John Shinn

CNHI News Service

WACO, Texas — The tarp was removed from the south end zone at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium Thursday night. It had been years since that concrete had seen the light of day.

But what was really exposed turned out to be No. 12 Oklahoma. The debate over whether No. 5 Baylor is overrated could potentially continue. The Sooners’ status is no longer up for deliberation after it was taken to the woodshed in a 41-12 loss to the Bears.

“They outplayed and outcoached all of us together,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.

There’s no denying that one. The game was only competitive for two and a half quarters. Midway through the third quarter, OU (7-2, 4-2) was trailing by 26 points and didn’t seem like it could make up that deficit in 23 days much less the 23 minutes that still had to tick off the clock before they could get out of town.

How the Sooners got themselves in such a predicament was the head-scratcher. They knew all facets of their game had to hit for them score an upset on one of the very rare night’s they found themselves as two-touchdown underdogs.

The final score didn’t indicate it, but defensively at least, the Sooners played well enough to win. They held No. 5 Baylor (8-0, 5-0), which entered the game leading the NCAA is points per game and yards per game, to 459 yards.

But that was just one side of the ball. Offensively, the Sooners were a sputtering mess.

The Sooners had talked for well over a week about the need to run the ball, control the clock and try to wear down the Bears.

It was a ruse — and a horribly executed one at that. The Sooners never came close to establishing the run. In the first half, its running backs — Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and Damien Williams — combined for just seven carries.

“From the very beginning, I felt like the offense didn’t get anything going,” said OU quarterback Blake Bell, who completed just 15 of 35 passes for 150 yards. “Obviously, we didn’t have any chemistry. It felt like something was going wrong for us out there.”

The biggest issue was getting Bell in a position where he had to throw the ball 35 times. But OU’s running game was stagnant. Thirty-four carries produced just 87 yards. OU had to get that going early.

Instead, its inability to run the ball was evident early.

Early in the second quarter, the Sooners had the ball at the Baylor 1 with a chance to take a touchdown lead. Bell, instead, was stuffed for a 1-yard loss. It was the first of three red zone trips for the Sooners. They accumulated just 10 points off of them.

The other two on the night came when OU linebacker Dominique Alexander sacked Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty for a safety early in the second quarter.

With about 12 minutes left in the first half, OU actually led 5-3 because, defensively, it was playing with its hair on fire.

But the fire was out by the second quarter. Baylor was too explosive. Petty only threw for 204 yards, but three of his 13 completions went for touchdowns.

Due to injuries, the Bears relied heavily on third-string running back Shock Linwood. He rushed for 183 yards on just 23 totes.

Defensively, the Sooners could stand up to it. They were just on the field way too much and habitually put in bad spots.

The Sooners had one sustained offensive drive all night. A 10-play, 71-yard drive capped by Roy Finch’s 10-yard touchdown catch from Bell was solid.

They actually had two third-down conversions on the drive. The rest of the night they picked up 3 of 15 and were just 1 for 3 on fourth down.

“It chipped away at our team’s performance,” Stoops said of the offense’s ineptness. “You have to stay on the field. I don’t know how many three-and-outs we had, but it was way too many. You’re not gonna keep putting your defense out there against Baylor and give them opportunities and not have it affect you.”

It came crashing down in the last seven minutes of the first half. The Bears rolled off 21 straight points to take a 24-5 lead.

The damage might have been limited to a 12-point deficit, but OU elected to try to move the ball with less than a minute in the first half. Bell, who was intercepted twice, threw his first pick to Baylor’s Eddie Lackey, setting up the Bears at the Sooner 28.

Five plays later, Petty hit Antwan Goodley for a 24-yard touchdown.

How OU recovers from the loss is the question. It will go down as the fourth largest margin of defeat during Stoops’ 15 season tenure.

What caused it had fingers pointing and many directions.

“It’s all of it,” Stoops said. “All of it needs to improve.”

Text Only
  • Travelers knocked out of Connie Mack Tournament

    ENID – Texas Stix scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning and defeated the Traveler Majors 4-3 Friday in the Connie Mack Regional.

    July 26, 2014

  • Travelers drop 6-1 decision

    ENID - DBat Gallegos out of the Dallas area dropped the Traveler Majors into the elimination bracket of the South Plains Connie Mack Regional with a 6-1 decision Thursday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

    July 26, 2014

  • Majors move into regional semifinals

    ENID – A second straight dynamite pitching effort and timely offense have the Traveler Majors in the championship semifinals of the Connie Mack South Plains Regional.

    July 24, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Traveler Majors in Connie Mack Finals

    ENID - The Traveler Majors are one win away from their second Connie Mack State Tournament championship in three years.

    July 20, 2014

  • Majors win Connie Mack Opener

    ENID – Brett Lorah allowed two hits over 6.1 innings and Jesus Gamez shut down a threat in the seventh as the Travelers beat Southmoore 3-0 in the Connie Mack State Tournament on Wednesday.

    July 18, 2014

  • State tourney field set

    Fuller Park will be the host site for the OK Kids Minors (15-under) State Baseball Tournament Tuesday through Saturday.

    July 15, 2014

  • Majors finish second in festival

    After a second place finish in the Woodward Festival on Sunday, the Traveler Majors will go to Enid this week for the Connie Mack State Tournament.

    July 15, 2014

  • Traveler Festival continues

    The Traveler Minors finished the preliminary rounds of the Woodward Festival with a 2-2 record after dropping a 10-1 decision to the Oklahoma Tribe at Fuller Park Saturday morning.

    July 15, 2014