Another week, another Top 10 upset. Number 8 Oklahoma fell to Number 13 Baylor in Waco on Saturday, putting an end to their undefeated season. The Bears played with high energy from the start, and after falling behind 7-0 to the Sooners, scored 24 unanswered to blow past their Big 12 foe. A late Kennedy Brooks touchdown run made it 24-14, but Baylor would close it out with a last second field goal to nab the 27-14 win at home.
Defense Lead the Way
Just a week after a miserable performance against TCU, Matt Aranda’s defense woke up in a big way. Oklahoma struggled to establish any type of offense against the swarming Bears offense, being held to only 260 total yards, their lowest output of the year. Caleb Williams struggled, going 10-19 for 146 yards and two interceptions, while running back Kennedy Brooks could only find 51 yards on 13 carries running the ball. It was a masterful performance for the Baylor defense, one that was sorely needed.
On the other side of the ball, Baylor did what they needed to do. After missing opportunities early in the first quarter, Gerry Bohanon and the Bears offense settled in nicely. Abram Smith and Trestan Ebner split carries in the backfield, but it was Smith who continued to impress, ripping off 148 yards on 20 carries. Bohanon was 12/21 for 117 yards, one touchdown, and one interception through the air, but also added 107 rush yards and two rushing touchdowns. The offense was effective and methodical, and certainly has a ton of momentum heading into next week.
Whats Next for Both Teams?
Baylor hits the road next week to take on a solid 7-3 Kansas State team. Every game is crucial for the Bears, as they have now put themselves in a position to make the Big 12 title game with a little bit of help. If Baylor can win out, and Oklahoma suffers another loss, then Matt Aranda’s team will secure a spot in the conference title game. All the Bears can do is take care of their own business, and they certainly have plenty of confidence after this weeks convincing win.
Oklahoma will return home to take on a gritty 6-4 Iowa State team. With this loss still fresh and the Bedlam Rivalry game against Oklahoma State on the horizon, Lincoln Riley has the tough task of getting the Sooners ready for the Cyclones. While making the College Football Playoff is probably off the table, OU can still secure a spot in their fifth consecutive conference title game by winning out. There is still a lot to play for in Norman, so Caleb Williams and company will have to pick themselves off the turf and get ready for Iowa State.
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