NORMAN — “It was frustrating, but credit them at the same time for executing well,” OU defensive end David King said. “They started running the QB draw there in the second quarter and caught us out there with a three-man front. We didn’t have enough guys to cover the gaps.”
Baylor forces those against-the-grain choices. It was the most prolific offense in college football this season, leading the FBS in both total offense (581.5 yards per game) and averaging 43.75 points a game.
It worked. Florence threw for a season-low 172 yards and only had 12 completions.
However, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops left Owen Field shaking his head.
“They present a problem every down. They had more quarterback draw than they had all year,” he said. “We are seeing a lot of that, and we’ve got to make adjustments for it, too. We did what we had to do to win. We got the stops.”
Baylor did not.
It was an afternoon where the Sooners both sped (touchdown drives on its first two possessions), and sputtered (back-to-back turnovers early in the third quarter that allowed Baylor to get back in the game).
Damien Williams, who was severely limited in last week’s game at Iowa State by an ankle injury, rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
Running the ball was an absolute necessity. The wind was blowing out of the south at over 25 miles per hour and gusted up to 40. The teams knew from the time they came out to warm up it was going to be an adventure every time the ball went in the air.
Landry Jones handled it well, throwing for 277 yards and two touchdowns. The initial touchdown pass was a short toss to running back Brennan Clay. The second was a deep heave to Justin Brown for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left in the first half.