WACO, Texas — The tarp was removed from the south end zone at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium Thursday night. It had been years since that concrete had seen the light of day.
But what was really exposed turned out to be No. 12 Oklahoma. The debate over whether No. 5 Baylor is overrated could potentially continue. The Sooners’ status is no longer up for deliberation after it was taken to the woodshed in a 41-12 loss to the Bears.
“They outplayed and outcoached all of us together,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.
There’s no denying that one. The game was only competitive for two and a half quarters. Midway through the third quarter, OU (7-2, 4-2) was trailing by 26 points and didn’t seem like it could make up that deficit in 23 days much less the 23 minutes that still had to tick off the clock before they could get out of town.
How the Sooners got themselves in such a predicament was the head-scratcher. They knew all facets of their game had to hit for them score an upset on one of the very rare night’s they found themselves as two-touchdown underdogs.
The final score didn’t indicate it, but defensively at least, the Sooners played well enough to win. They held No. 5 Baylor (8-0, 5-0), which entered the game leading the NCAA is points per game and yards per game, to 459 yards.
But that was just one side of the ball. Offensively, the Sooners were a sputtering mess.
The Sooners had talked for well over a week about the need to run the ball, control the clock and try to wear down the Bears.
It was a ruse — and a horribly executed one at that. The Sooners never came close to establishing the run. In the first half, its running backs — Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and Damien Williams — combined for just seven carries.