NORMAN — Baylor coach Art Briles described his team as disappointed after its first loss of the season. But not discouraged.
“We hit a bump in the road. ... Shoot, we’ve still got a lot of things out there,” Briles said Monday. “We’ve got to learn from it and get better and move on. That’s what we’ll do.”
The Bears’ 49-17 loss at Oklahoma State dropped them to ninth in the rankings and BCS standings, pretty much wiping out any chance of a national title.
Briles’ message to the team this week is “Go win at TCU.”
Baylor (9-1, 6-1 Big 12), which plays the Horned Frogs on Saturday, can still share in its first Big 12 title. And the Bears could still win it outright for a spot in the Fiesta Bowl by winning their last two games, including the regular season finale at home against Texas, if the seventh-ranked Cowboys (10-1, 7-1) lose to No. 20 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 ) on Dec. 7.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, whose team like the Sooners has an open date this week, said the Cowboys expected to play well against Baylor. OSU has won seven games in a row since an unexpected loss at West Virginia in its Big 12 opener.
“The team came together and said we have a lot to play for,” Gundy said during the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference when asked about his team’s response to the lone loss. “They decided they wanted to be a good football team.”
With Baylor’s loss, it means the Big 12 champion won’t be undefeated in league play for the seventh time in eight years.
The last team to not lose a Big 12 game was Texas in 2009, and the Longhorns then lost to Alabama in the BCS national championship game.
The Longhorns were also the last team before that, going 13-0 during their 2005 national championship season.