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Oklahoma 34 – Baylor 31 | Largest Sooner Football Comeback And Quick Thoughts

M. Hofeld

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Everything that could go wrong for Oklahoma seemed to have done just that Saturday night in Waco, Texas as the Sooners went toe-to-toe with the Big 12’s only undefeated team on their home turf. OU did have to wait for kickoff to see things go wrong though. After losing Trey Sermon for the season last week the Sooners were also suddenly without their biggest playmaker in CeeDee Lamb due to an undisclosed medical issue.

Add in a handful of turnovers, a struggling defense, as well as a raucous Baylor crowd and the Sooners found themselves down 28-3 at the 11:02 mark of the second quarter. That’s when things started to click though. Oklahoma found a rhythm on offense, resulting in the defense being able to settle down and what ensued was the largest come from behind win in Oklahoma Football history.

Jalen Hurts found Austin Stogner just over five minutes before the half for Oklahoma’s first touchdown of the game. Baylor would end the half with a 28-yard field goal, for a 31-10 lead, but no one expected that to be the final points of the night for the Bears.

Alex Grinch summed his defense to shake off a terrible first thirty minutes of the game to record two turnovers on their way to a second half shutout. Meanwhile Hurts and company racked up 351 yards and 24 points in the second half, ultimately taking the lead on a 31-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic, in a 34-31 comeback win.

Quick Thoughts

Inexperience showed early. | Perhaps forgotten in the shocking news that Oklahoma was going to be without CeeDee Lamb was that Trey Sermon was missing as well. Add to it that Grant Calcaterra is still out and this team was left with a lot of young guys in a hostile road environment. We literally watched the grow up from the first to the fourth quarter.

Lincoln Riley’s creativity was on display. | Oklahoma’s offense went through a drastic face-lift after Baylor took the 28-3 lead. Gone was the quick strike attack and suddenly the Sooners were pounding the ball at the Bears, grinding clock, and wearing down a defense that dominated the first twenty minutes of the game. The Sooners ran the ball 52 times, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

Jalen Hurts is a warrior! | Yes, he did make some crucial mistakes in the first half but there’s no way Oklahoma completes this comeback without him. In addition to throwing for 297 yards, and 4 touchdowns, he also ran the ball a career-high 27 times for 114 yards.

Turnovers were huge! | In the first half turnovers gave Baylor a boost and put Oklahoma in a big hole. In the second half turnovers helped spark the comeback and sealed the game. For the second week in a row the Sooners have sealed the win with an interception.

The future is now. | In the absence of CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma’s young crop of receivers stepped up to make big plays at crucial moments of the game. Both of Austin Stogner’s catches were for scores and Theo Wease also had two catches and a score.

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