WACO, Texas — There aren’t enough fingers in a barrel of whiskey to point out what all went wrong for Oklahoma in Thursday night’s 41-12 loss to Baylor.
There wasn’t a phase of the game where the 12th-ranked Sooners truly played well enough to win. Sure, they got stops early, but horrendous pre-snap third-down penalties were essential in two Baylor touchdown drives.
Offensively, well, one touchdown drive pretty much summed up how the night went for Sooners.
OU coach Bob Stoops harped on just about all of it after the loss that left his team with only a microscopic chance of winning or sharing the Big 12 Conference title.
“We didn’t coach them, obviously, well enough, and they didn’t do a good enough job paying attention to details,” he said. “When I say mistakes, though, a lot of the mistakes are penalties… In my mind lining up offsides is a player’s responsibility. That isn’t something you ought to have to coach. We do coach. You line up on the right side of the football, not on the football. Some of it is their responsibility, and ours as coaches. It’s always that way.”
There were numerous reasons to be disappointed in what the Sooners (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) did on the field. Baylor (8-0, 5-0) is good — really good. It will remain in the thick of the national title race as long as it keeps winning. It seems to be a team getting a little better every week.
OU, on the other hand, is not, and it was very evident Thursday.
The Sooners rushed for just 87 yards. The 19-point halftime deficit took them out of the game plan of running the ball and shortening the game. At least that’s what OU talked about doing in the week leading up to the game.