WACO, Texas —
“From the very beginning, I felt like the offense didn’t get anything going,” said OU quarterback Blake Bell, who completed just 15 of 35 passes for 150 yards. “Obviously, we didn’t have any chemistry. It felt like something was going wrong for us out there.”
The biggest issue was getting Bell in a position where he had to throw the ball 35 times. But OU’s running game was stagnant. Thirty-four carries produced just 87 yards. OU had to get that going early.
Instead, its inability to run the ball was evident early.
Early in the second quarter, the Sooners had the ball at the Baylor 1 with a chance to take a touchdown lead. Bell, instead, was stuffed for a 1-yard loss. It was the first of three red zone trips for the Sooners. They accumulated just 10 points off of them.
The other two on the night came when OU linebacker Dominique Alexander sacked Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty for a safety early in the second quarter.
With about 12 minutes left in the first half, OU actually led 5-3 because, defensively, it was playing with its hair on fire.
But the fire was out by the second quarter. Baylor was too explosive. Petty only threw for 204 yards, but three of his 13 completions went for touchdowns.
Due to injuries, the Bears relied heavily on third-string running back Shock Linwood. He rushed for 183 yards on just 23 totes.
Defensively, the Sooners could stand up to it. They were just on the field way too much and habitually put in bad spots.
The Sooners had one sustained offensive drive all night. A 10-play, 71-yard drive capped by Roy Finch’s 10-yard touchdown catch from Bell was solid.
They actually had two third-down conversions on the drive. The rest of the night they picked up 3 of 15 and were just 1 for 3 on fourth down.