No. 12 Oklahoma leads No. 6 Baylor 20-13 after a soggy, choppy first half at a blacked out McLane Stadium in Waco.
Baylor opened the game in Baylor-like fashion, moving 80 yards in nine plays for an easy touchdown. Most of those 80 yards came on the ground, and that was a theme for the Bears throughout the half. Whether it was an attempt to play around a driving rain, protect a freshman quarterback, exploit a weakness or a combination of the three, Baylor ran the ball twice for every pass.
In all, the Bears racked up 27 carries for 124 yards and two scores, while Jarrett Stidham completed 9-of-13 passes for 103 yards. Corey Coleman was held to just two catches for 14 yards in the half.
Oklahoma answered Baylor’s opening score with an 11-play, 65-yard drive capped by a six-yard Samaje Perine run, then took the lead midway through the second quarter with a highlight-reel 39-yard Sterling Shepard grab.
Travon Blanchard grabbed a Baker Mayfield interception at the OU 42, leading to a 10-play touchdown drive extended on a unnecessary roughness penalty committed by Dominique Alexander after the Sooners had corralled Stidham for a third down stop.
Oklahoma again answered a Baylor touchdown, racing 71 yards in eight plays, punctuated by a two-yard Mayfield keeper. For the half, the Austin native hit 15-of-20 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing for another score. Perine carried 10 times for 47 yards and a score in the half.
In all, Oklahoma out-gained Baylor 240-227 and held a 15-11 first downs advantage. The Sooners also hold a slight edge in penalties drawn, 6-5.
Baylor will receive to open the second half.