Oklahoma 49 – Baylor 41 | Postgame Notes And Quotes

Quite a ballgame tonight. We knew coming in this was going to be a good atmosphere. First conference game. Coach Rhule is doing a tremendous job. Give them a lot of credit tonight. Thought their kids played really, really well. We’re very excited about the win. That was probably the biggest message to our guys in the locker room. Winning is hard. You can’t — you can’t take it for granted, and we’re damn sure not too good to appreciate it.
So we’ve got to do a lot of things better. We’ve got to coach better. We’ve got to play better on all three sides of the ball. We had some critical mistakes tonight that let that game get close. So we’ve got to do a lot better. But we will. It’s game four. We’ve got a lot of room for improvement. And going into this bye week, hopefully we can get a couple guys back healthy. Make strides on all three sides of the ball, and be ready to play when we get back home against Iowa State. – Lincoln Riley general game statements

No, I’m not concerned. We’ve got to play better. We’ve got to play better around them. Again, it’s 11-man football. So I think a lot of the things are easily correctible. But we’ve got to go back to work in the off week. – Riley on if he’s concerned about the secondary

Yeah, I just can’t get caught up in the hoopla. I’m an emotional player, but there’s got to be a line drawn, so that’s on me, especially as the team captain. But it’s all about how you respond. – Baker Mayfield on the unsportsman like penalty

He’s a fantastic player. Just the way physically he is, not just how special he is, but especially at the point in the game where he came in and took over. At that point in time you wear a defense down in the throwing game and we had been doing that, but for him to come in fresh legs and break a lot of tackles and make plays. We blocked well, but he also was breaking a lot of tackles, and that’s something that he’s so special. It takes a lot more than just one guy to run him down. – Mayfield on fullback Dimitri Flowers

That’s just the mentality we have. I think we’ve instilled that throughout the tough workouts that Schmidty puts us through. And just talking about we’ve been in situations where we’ve been behind before. You’ve got to stay positive and do your job. Trust in the plan and the plays that are called. If you go out there and execute it, good things will happen. You just keep firing. – Mayfield on the team’s mentality to come from behind

Game Notes

• Saturday marked OU’s 14th consecutive win, the longest active streak in the nation and tied as the seventh longest in school history.
• Lincoln Riley is just the third head coach in OU history (out of 22) to start his career 4-0. The others to accomplish the feat were V.L. Parrington (1897-98) and Jim Mackenzie (1966).
• Oklahoma has scored at least 30 points in all 14 games of its current winning streak. It is the longest streak of 30-plus-point performances in school history (previous was 13 straight games in 2008).
• OU’s 13-game true road winning streak is the longest active streak in the country and is the third longest in school history. The program’s only longer streaks were 14 games (1973-76) and 24 games (1953-58).
• The Sooners have won their last 11 Big 12 road games, which is a school record and is the second longest streak in the league’s history (Texas won 13 consecutive true road games in conference play from 2003 to 2006).
• Oklahoma has won 17 consecutive Big 12 Conference games, tied for the longest streak in school history (also won 17 from 2003 to 2005) and tied for the third longest in the league since it formed in 1996 (only Kansas State [21; 1997 to ‘99] and Texas [20; 2004-06] hold longer streaks.
• Saturday’s game marked the sixth straight in which the Sooners did not throw an interception. The last time OU went six consecutive games without throwing a pick was in 1986 (went seven straight games).
• Oklahoma is 24-3 all-time against Baylor, including a 12-2 mark in Waco. OU has won three straight in the series.
• The Sooners are 4-0 to start a season for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
• Abdul Adams’ 164 yards and Trey Sermon’s 148 yards marked the third time in the last eight games OU had a pair of 100-yard rushers in a game.
• Abdul Adams’ 99-yard touchdown run was just the 11th run of that distance in NCAA history (last was by Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon 2014). Adams joins Kansas’ Eric Vann (1997) as the only Big 12 players to accomplish the feat.                                                   • His 99-yard touchdown run was the longest play from scrimmage school history, besting the record of 96 yard runs by Jeff Frazier in 1995 and Buck McPhail run in 1951.
• Baker Mayfield has thrown a touchdown pass in 30 straight games, extending his own school record. He’s thrown at least two TD passes in 17 consecutive games, tying Sam Bradford’s Big 12 record for consecutive games with multiple TD passes.                               • His three TD passes give him 101 for his collegiate career, making him the 23rd quarterback in FBS history to reach the century mark. His three TD passes also give him 89 for his OU career, moving him ahead of Bradford (88) for second in program history.    • Wide receiver Jeff Badet scored his first TD as a Sooner with a 48-yard reception in the third quarter.                                                                                                                                          • Trey Sermon set career highs with 148 rushing yards with a long of 60; all yardage coming in the final quarter. He also logged the first multi-touchdown game of his career with his second and third rushing scores of the year on runs of 34 and nine yards.

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