Baylor stunned Oklahoma 45-38, to punctuate an upset filled weekend that claimed some teams ranked in the Top 10. With one final snap in the "victory" formation, Baylor sealed an epic win in the program's history - they were 0-20 in previous meetings against the Sooners - and also handed Oklahoma its first loss coming off a bye week in the Stoops era.
All the pieces fell into place for Oklahoma to get back in contention for the national title: losses to Boise State, Stanford, Oklahoma State and Oregon, yet the Sooners could not close on the business end of things. They were done in by too many mental mistakes; dropped passes, missed tackles, blown assignments and penalties (including a "false start" which took away their chance at a possible game-winning 2 point conversion attempt).
Baylor needed a combination of luck and something really special in their quest to do something that it had never done before. The "luck" was Kendall Wright's 87 yard touchdown score off a tipped pass. The "special" of course, was none other than QB Robert Griffin III, who accounted for 557 of the 616 total yards gained by Baylor, delivering a signature win that should easily boost his Heisman Trophy resume.
The Bears fired the early warning shot; a 79 yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright that was negated by a holding penalty. Oklahoma did not make the necessary adjustments, even as Baylor receivers continued getting behind the defensive backs with relative ease; turning a unit who nicknamed themselves "the sharks" into "shark fin soup". Things could have been a lot worse too. RG3 overthrew wide open receivers, and Terrance Williams dropped the ball on what was surely a 46 yard touchdown pass.
Oklahoma had started the game by putting pressure on RG3, delivering hard hits on the Bears talisman, but as the game wore on, they couldn't get to him fast enough. In the end, he just proved to be too much.
Without the services of All-American receiver Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma's offense struggled to get anything going in the first half. There is some talent at the receiver position, but they hardly played like it. Landry Jones, despite posting good numbers, looked lost at times without his favorite target on the field. Whenever the Sooners needed that big play, it was Broyles who always found a way to get open, helping the team move the chains.
Baylor's defense gave up 48, 55 and 59 points to TCU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State respectively; you'd have been forgiven to think that Oklahoma would at the very least match those numbers. Yet for stretches of the game, Oklahoma made Baylor's defense look good.
The high point for the offense was "The Belldozer", which produced 4 touchdowns on this outing. It has proven to be effective, considering the Bears knew what was coming but couldn't stop it. However, on the flip side, what its saying is that Oklahoma just can't simply lineup and run the ball in the redzone. For what it's worth, better the "Belldozer" scoring touchdowns, than driving all the way to the opponent’s goal line only to settle for field goals.
All is not lost however, as the Sooners still have the Big 12 title within reach, provided they beat Iowa State this weekend.