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Baylor shines on national stage, whips Oklahoma, 41-12

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All season long the narrative has been “Yeah, Baylor is undefeated, but who have they played?”

Well, the No. 6 Bears had an answer for those people tonight, crushing No. 10 Oklahoma, 41-12, in one of the biggest games in school history.

With the win, Baylor moves to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Big 12. Oklahoma falls to 7-2 and 4-2 in league play. It was just the second-ever win by Baylor over OU.

It took about a quarter-and-a-half for the normally hyper-dynamic Bears to get in sync on offense. Once they did, it was hard for Oklahoma to stop them. Baylor piled up 459 total yards and 28 first downs in what was, overall, a sub-par game for its offense. But 41 points is 41 points, right? Quarterback Bryce Petty bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by accounting for five touchdowns (three passing and two running) and throwing for 204 yards while rushing for 45.

The story of the game, however, might’ve been the Baylor defense. The Bears, who finished next-to-last in the FBS in total defense last season, have turned it around in 2013. OU was held to 237 total yards and 16 first downs. Sooners quarterback Blake Bell had a rough outing, completing 15 of 35 passes for 150 yards and two interceptions.

The other story of the game was the emergence of Baylor’s third-string tailback Shock Linwood. The freshman came in after injuries to Lache Seastrunk and Glascoe Martin and rushed for a career-high 182 yards on 23 carries. His timely running helped the Bears run out the clock on the Sooners in the second half.

Mark it down: The Bears are a legitimate national title contender and are now the clear favorites to win the Big 12, just as Petty is now a legitimate Heisman contender. The next month won’t be easy, as games with Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas loom on the schedule, but Baylor could end up being this year’s wrench in the BCS works.

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14 Responses to “Baylor shines on national stage, whips Oklahoma, 41-12”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:43 PM

    OU just looked completely befuddled on offense. They kept switching QBs and neither looked good.

    Baylor started slow but then started doing what they do.

    I’m happy for my Baylor friends. I think Baylor v Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl might be the best bowl game of the year.

  2. Deb says: Nov 7, 2013 11:47 PM

    Congrats to Baylor. Nothing against Oklahoma … except their coach.

  3. normtide says: Nov 8, 2013 12:20 AM

    Baylor is looking damn good. Just another shovel of dirt on the Big Game Bob moniker.

  4. dcroz says: Nov 8, 2013 6:18 AM

    normtide: I think that nickname has long since become more ironic than lauditory.

    In other news, sources say that Nick Saban spoke to trustees from the University of Oklahoma while he was celebrating the win over Georgia State earlier this year, while Terry Saban was spotted shopping for modular housing in a Norman suburb last weekend.

  5. tigersgeaux says: Nov 8, 2013 7:17 AM

    Baylor played a great game. Oklahoma looked lost. No wonder why Oklahoma wants to move the games with LSU forward a few years, though they were negotiated and agreed to several years ago.

    Baylor is really doing well this year.

  6. ronm1963 says: Nov 8, 2013 7:17 AM

    What I find interesting in all of this is that if Fla State and Baylor win out, it would be fitting for those two teams to play for the NC based on strength of schedule.

    Alabama vs Ohio State — assuming they also win out — would be relegated to an “also-ran bowl,” based on their strength of schedule (or lack thereof)!

  7. waynefontes says: Nov 8, 2013 7:47 AM

    What will be really interesting is if Baylor wins out and Alabama loses.

    Florida State is a safe bet to run the table.

    Alabama has a couple of potential potholes to deal with before the SEC title game. LSU, Auburn, the SEC title game – they should win all three, but it wouldn’t be crazy to think they lose one of those games.

    If Alabama loses and Baylor wins out – who gets the second spot?

    Baylor will have a better resume, but Ohio State has the name brand, the national recognition and a very long winning streak.

    You could argue for either side, and would be reasonable in your belief.

    I don’t think Baylor runs the table, but it is interesting to think about.

  8. waynefontes says: Nov 8, 2013 7:53 AM

    ronm1963 says:
    Nov 8, 2013 7:17 AM
    What I find interesting in all of this is that if Fla State and Baylor win out, it would be fitting for those two teams to play for the NC based on strength of schedule.

    Alabama vs Ohio State — assuming they also win out — would be relegated to an “also-ran bowl,” based on their strength of schedule (or lack thereof)!
    —————————————————

    Florida State’s strength of schedule isn’t better than Alabama’s. Don’t kid yourself.

    Florida State beat Clemson, overrated Miami and … nobody else. Wake Forest? Bethune-Cookman? NC State? Maryland? 6-6 Florida?

    I hope it is Florida State vs Alabama. Florida State is a great team, and I think they could be the best team in the country. But don’t act like they have some great strength of schedule.

    Alabama would have beaten A&M, LSU, Auburn and the SEC East champ (I won’t even include Virginia Tech, since they aren’t so great this year).

  9. artisan3m says: Nov 8, 2013 8:19 AM

    If Baylor emerges as the only undefeated team at season’s end, it will not get a bid for the national championship game ~ ~ ~ just because it is Baylor. And that is unacceptable. One year does not a legacy make but the NC is supposed to be between this year’s two best ~ not the team with the greatest legacy. I don’t know if Baylor can qualify with their remaining schedule against TexasTech, TCU, OklaState, and Texas. That’s a tall order and no other school will face that kind of strength to end the season. But if Baylor can clear all of those hurdles, they deserve a serious consideration for the NC ~ ~ ~ before they are discarded because they are Baylor. If Briles stays in Waco, they cannot be ignored forever.

  10. mrsmell says: Nov 8, 2013 9:45 AM

    Wow, that was a defensive shutdown by BU. Those guys were everywhere. Nothing fazed them. WR screens, stopped. Read-option, stopped. Passing, stopped.

  11. raiderufan says: Nov 8, 2013 10:19 AM

    I love that the 3 deep at RB is Lache, Glascoe and Shock.

    It’s like the A-team of RB’s or something.

  12. unczsz1978 says: Nov 8, 2013 10:58 AM

    I didn’t see the game, but it did my heart good to see OU on the losing side.

    I definitely don’t want to see the cheats at FSU in the NC

  13. joewilliesshnoz says: Nov 8, 2013 12:01 PM

    Great job by DC Phil Bennett, wish we still had him at Pitt.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 8, 2013 4:53 PM

    Baylor would need some mayhem to commence to get to the BCS NCG right now.

    Let’s say Bama loses, as they have arguably the toughest road. You still have FSU and OSU ahead of them, some may even argue Stanford.

    So you still need either FSU or OSU to lose and both have cake walks to Pasadena.

    But fret not! Bama needed two teams to lose last year and they got both losses on the same day.

    What’s better than College Football in November?

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