No. 10 Baylor leads No. 6 Oklahoma State 24-14 at the half in Stillwater, but Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham sustained an ankle injury that left him with a noticeable limp and limited mobility toward the end of the half.
Baylor came out of the locker room the only way it knows how: gunning. The Bears scored 56 seconds into the game after Stidham hit Corey Coleman for 48 yards on the first play from scrimmage and Shock Linwood carried for six, five and five yards, the final going for a touchdown.
After a three-and-out, Baylor slashed 77 yards in five plays, the final a 59-yard strike to K.D. Cannon, giving the Bears a 14-0 lead just three minutes and four seconds into the game. Baylor scored only 17 points over the entire game during their disastrous trip to Stillwater in 2013.
But where Baylor struck, Oklahoma State struck back.
J.W. Walsh hit Jalen McClesky for a three-yard touchdown to get on the board and, after a turnover on downs inside OSU territory, tied the game two plays later on a 39-yard rainbow from Mason Rudolph to James Washington. Less than nine minutes in, each team had 14 points.
Baylor regained the lead on a 13-play, 83-yard drive capped by a one-yard Devin Chaffin run, then nudged their advantage back to double digits with a 34-yard Chris Callahan field goal at the 3:25 mark of the second quarter.
The Bears threatened to take control of the game after taking over at their own 42 with 2:09 remaining before the break but Stidham, who came into the night with a bad back and dinged his ankle during the first half, was sacked and stripped by Emmanuel Ogbah at the Cowboys’ 35. Oklahoma State could not capitalize on the opportunity, but managed to stop Baylor from extending the lead.
Stidham completed 12-of-21 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the half while rushing seven times for 36 yards. His mobility, obviously, will be a major story line in the second half.
Rudolph hit 13-of-19 throws for 195 yards and a score, but the Cowboys have been out-rushed 180 to minus-10.
This marks the fifth time this season Oklahoma State has trailed at halftime. They have come back to win the previous four.
Oklahoma State will receive to open the second half.