After Rhamondre Stevenson and the offense crossed the goal line in the first overtime, the Oklahoma Sooners clung to a narrow seven point lead. Trotting to the sideline, the game now relied heavily on the defense. Previously, the unit surrendered 81-yard and 78-yard passes at the hands of the third string quarterback, Jacob Zeno.
Staring down the freshman signal caller, the aggressiveness of the defensive front took over. Fighting past the offensive line, Nik Bonitto recorded the sack on third down. The number of red jerseys in the backfield throughout the duration of the contest continued into overtime. Ultimately facing a 4th & 20, the Baylor Bears failed to convert.
Oklahoma claimed a fifth consecutive Big 12 Championship and likely a spot in the College Football Playoff.
By The Numbers
173 – The number of yards collected by Ceedee Lamb as the receiver continues to make a case for the Biletnikoff Award. Clearly the top receiver on this roster, Lamb secure eight catches against the best defense in the conference after missing the first matchup.
9 – The number of completions the Oklahoma secondary allowed in the Big 12 Championship this go around.
6 – The number of times Reeves Mundschau was forced to punt the ball away. It’s a season high for team and a single game career high for the young kicker.
5 – The number of consecutive Big 12 Championships the Sooners have claimed. It also marks the five games decided by a single score or less throughout the course of the year — four of which OU won. Good teams find a way to win, right?
3 – The number of field goals made by Gabe Brkic. On the season, Brkic has yet to miss a kick regardless of if it’s a field goal or extra point. A major concern entering the seasons has become a strength of this team.
2 – The number of times Jalen Hurts turned the ball over and the number of turnovers the Sooners were once again forced to overcome.
1.2 – The number of rushing yards per carry the defensive front seven held the Baylor Bears to during the outing.
0 – The number of takeaways for the Oklahoma defense. It’s a trend that may continue to monitor and one Alex Grinch must be unhappy with despite the win.