Sic ‘Em Sooners! Things You Might Like to Know From OU’s Huge Win Over Baylor


After suffering two of the worst losses in Bob Stoops 17 seasons at Oklahoma in the last two games with Baylor, the Sooners put a screeching stop to that ugly string and snapped Baylor’s current eight-game unbeaten streak this season with a 44-34 victory that left a capacity Bears’ home crowd fired up by the presence of ESPN “College GameDay” earlier in the day sullen and shocked at game’s end.

You’ve no doubt relished reading and viewing all the highlights from what to date is the Sooners’ signature win of the 2015 season and one that could just propel them to a ninth Big 12 championship, even with the improbable loss to Texas on their resume. If you are anything like me, however, you can’t get enough of giant wins such as the one Oklahoma secured on a rain-soaked Saturday night in Waco, Texas.

At the risk of adding to your overindulgence of all things good and great about Sooner football this season, I’ve compiled a few more things from the big win over Baylor that you might find compelling and interesting:

Nov 14, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with fans after the game against the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium. Oklahoma won 44-34. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • The loss was Baylor’s first home loss against a conference opponent in 14 games, and the Bears’ first loss at home against a team ranked in the top 25 after eight consecutive wins since 2011.
  •  The official attendance of 49,875 was the largest in the 11-game history of McLane Stadium.
  • Baylor is averaging a Big 12-best 33.6 points in the first half this season. The Bears barely reached that point total for the whole game against Oklahoma on Saturday night.
  • Baylor came into the game with Oklahoma having been held to only eight three-and-outs on offense all season. The Bears had five three-and-outs against the Sooner defense in this game.
  • Coming into Saturday night’s game with OU, Baylor had punted just 21 times in eight games. The Bears punted six times against the Sooners.
  • Baylor wide-receiver Corey Coleman, one of the best and most explosive receivers in college football, was averaging seven catches and 148 receiving yards per game along with 20 touchdowns before Saturday. Against the Sooners, Coleman was held to three catches for 51 yards and no touchdowns.
  • OU quarterback Baker Mayfield accounted for four of Oklahoma’s six touchdowns against Baylor (3 passing and 1 rushing). This is a nation-leading fourth time this season that Mayfield has personally accounted for four touchdowns in a game.
  • Oklahoma’s 511 yards of total offense was the fifth consecutive game the Sooners has exceeded 500 yards of offense.
  • Baylor leads the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging nearly 300 yards per game. Against the Sooners, however, the Bears gained just 159 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, Oklahoma rushed for 241 yards in the game, with Samaje Perine getting 166 of that total.
  • Sterling Shepard, who missed last year’s game with Baylor because of an injury, caught 14 passes Saturday night, one below tying his career and school record, for 177 yards and two touchdowns. The first of his two TD catches, in the second quarter, was his 200th career reception.