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Bear Trap: Oklahoma State dismantles Baylor, controls Big 12

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For the first time this season, the No. 4 Baylor  (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) offense was not invincible. In fact, at teams it was impotent. Perhaps it was the venue, where the Bears have not won in 74 years, or perhaps it was the first time the Bears were met by an opponent capable of scoring and defending everything Baylor does well. No. 10 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) played about as perfect a game you could play in a 49-17 taming of Baylor.

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf had his second career 300-yard passing performance with 337 yards, a new career high. both of Chelf’s 300-yard games have come against Baylor. The Cowboys quarterback threw two touchdown passes before getting a rest in the fourth quarter. He completed 18 of 24 attempts. his top target was Tracy Moore, who had five catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys outscored Baylor 35-14 in the second half after taking a statement 14-3 lead to the half.

If you watched Baylor for the first time this season on Saturday night you may have never guessed it, but Baylor’s offense came in to the game averaging 61.2 points and amassing 683 yards of total offense per game. That is how good Oklahoma State played on the defensive side of the football. Baylor’s pass offense was shut down by an aggressive defensive secondary, with Oklahoma State not allowing Antwan Goodley, Levi Norwood or Clay Fuller much room to work with as they have most of the season. Baylor’s recently emerging Heisman candidate at quarterback, Bryce Petty, had a rough night from start to finish, ending his night completing 28 of 48 attempts for 359 yards and two touchdowns. Most of those yards came in the second half when the game was well out of hand. Petty also missed a snap and failed to cover it up before Oklahoma State’s Tyler Patmon and returned 78 yards for a touchdown. That particular sequence ay have altered the entire momentum of the game, as Baylor was on the door step and about to cut a 25-point deficit down to 17 points with time to play. It still would have been an uphill climb for Baylor, but it would have been less steep.

Oklahoma State now has complete control of the Big 12 race with one game to play. The Cowboys get a week off before hosting rival Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) in the annual Bedlam game. A win by Oklahoma State will clinch the Big 12 championship and the automatic BCS berth that goes with it.That would send Oklahoma State to their second BCS bowl game in three seasons if they can finish the job against the Sooners.

Baylor’s BCS chances took a bit of a hit, but it is still too early to completely rule out the Bears from the BCS bowl picture. While the BCS championship game is now out of the mix, Baylor can still be in play for an at-large bid. It may be a reach, but if Baylor ends the season with regular season wins against TCU and Texas, Baylor could remain an option for a BCS bowl game. The problem is Fresno State or Northern Illinois are currently in line to grab one of the BCS spots, leaving one less spot available to an at-large option from a power conference.

Of course, Baylor can still win the Big 12 if they win their next two games and Oklahoma tops Oklahoma State.

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9 Responses to “Bear Trap: Oklahoma State dismantles Baylor, controls Big 12”
  1. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 11:58 PM

    Let me sum it up quickly about Baylor: OVERRATED!!!!

    That is all!!!

  2. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 24, 2013 12:00 AM

    Sagarin rated 85

  3. classyjacklambert says: Nov 24, 2013 12:13 AM

    …still better than ohio state. They both should drop out of the top ten in the rankings lol.

  4. b0geyman says: Nov 24, 2013 12:21 AM

    Looks like Bryce Petty and the Heartbroken are going to do some Free Fallin’ in the polls.

  5. bralinshan says: Nov 24, 2013 12:30 AM

    Baylor hadn’t played anybody except for Oklahoma and the Sooners have slipped a couple of notches.
    It seems like these high flying offenses like Baylor and Oregon score 60 every week and then they have a game where they are stuck in neutral. They get out of whack and can’t find it.

    Oregon always looks that THE team until they spit the bit. Baylor is well coached and a very good team. But, they don’t matchup well along the lines on either side of the ball when they play better teams.

  6. dcroz says: Nov 24, 2013 12:49 AM

    When these high-powered offenses face off against teams built like themselves (which is to say, their best defense is having a great offense) they do well. When then run into a team capable of slowing them down even just a little, they fall apart. So it was with Baylor tonight.

    And I wouldn’t count on Oklahoma beating State. There is a term in wrestling called “jobber to the stars,” where a once top-card talent or one who had been considered for a push to top-card status now serves as cannon fodder for other wrestlers who are or are on their way to being top-card talent. Oklahoma the last several years has become just that, providing needed wins for teams desperate for them. Okie State needs a big win in 2011 to have a shot at leapfrogging Alabama into the national title game? The Sooners give it to them (though it didn’t work). Notre Dame needs a big road win in 2012 to legitimize their return to the elite in college football? Oklahoma obliges. Johnny Football needs to legitimize his Heisman win? The Sooners do the job in the Cotton Bowl. Mack Brown needs a win in the Red River Rivalry to keep his job? Bob Stoops comes to the rescue. So, if the Cowboys need a win to take the Big XII title and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl (and possibly even a chance to head to the BCSNCG) you can count on Oklahoma to give them what they need. Sorry, Baylor, but you got the Sooners too soon.

  7. jdillydawg says: Nov 24, 2013 1:05 AM

    This was the biggest stage Baylor has pretty much ever been on with so much on the line. They’ve played a helluva season and will hopefully finish strong.

    They looked absolutely lost tonight, without a doubt. In large part, credit goes to Ok. St., they played serious ball, but other than WVU earlier in the season, they’ve played good ball all year.

    Baylor psyched themselves out of this one more than anything, though. Stillwater and the Cowboys have their number, no doubt.

    Also, I have no idea what was said during halftime, but I hope those words are never uttered again. They had the complete opposite effect of what was intended, I’m pretty sure.

    Baylor’s gonna be around for a while, and they’ll continue to be a threat to the Big 12 title going forward. They got a lot to be proud of and to build on.

    But it still sucks they lost so badly. Sigh…

  8. louhudson23 says: Nov 24, 2013 5:51 AM

    Video game offenses.Football game defenses.There is indeed a difference.

  9. thraiderskin says: Nov 24, 2013 8:13 AM

    A part of me wants to be a jerk here, especially after all the crap I’ve seen about Ohio State. What I will say instead is, good run Baylor, tie up a few loose ends and you will only get better, a very bright future.

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