Call it “revenge” if you like. However, Saturday was not the blowout most Oklahoma fans were expecting.
Oklahoma fended off the Baylor Bears in Norman with a score of 42-34. The Sooners did improve to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play. This game just did not provide the momentum Oklahoma truly needs heading in to a big match-up next week against West Virginia.
Granted the Mountaineers aren’t even bowl eligible and have lost four straight games, Oklahoma has not been the same since losing to Notre Dame.
The defense had a tough task of containing one of the best offenses in the country, and for the most part, they did that. However, Nick Florence should not have been John Footballing around the field. Also, they can not afford drive-preserving penalties or mental errors.
The Bears had ample opportunity to win this game. The OU offense simply delivered when they need to do so.
When the Bears cut it to four with less than a minute left in the first half, Landry Jones, for the second consecutive game, got the ball in the end zone to give OU a touchdown and the momentum heading in to the locker room.
Then when Baylor cut it two points, the Sooners responded with a Damien Williams touchdown from 17 yards out.
Oklahoma seemingly put the game out of reach when Blake Bell dashed 55-yards for a Sooner score. Though, a late surge by Baylor was unsuccessful, and Oklahoma picked up the victory in their penultimate home game.
Landry Jones completed 25-of-36 passes that went for 277 yards. Jones did find the end zone twice, but his lone interception could have changed the course of the game. The Bears were unable to take advantage.
The big story for Oklahoma’s offense was Damien Williams. Following Brennan Clay’s career-day last weekend, Williams was a huge burst for OU after being limited against Iowa State.
Williams ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Though, Brennan Clay found the end zone twice as well—one through the air and another on the ground.
Oklahoma will need the offense to be clicking on all cylinders next weekend when the Sooners travel to Morgantown, WV. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CST, and will be nationally televised on FOX.