ARLINGTON, Texas — A defensive-minded game that packed a punch, sent its share of players to the locker room and electrified AT&T Stadium couldn’t be contained in four quarters.
Ultimately, it took overtime for No. 6 Oklahoma to beat No. 7 Baylor 30-23 for the Big 12 championship Saturday, with a possible College Football Playoff berth as its reward.
OU running back Rhamondre Stevenson ran in a short touchdown that gave OU its final lead.
The teams traded leads in both halves and both schools were awarded opportunities to win in regulation. But defense was the conference’s calling card this season, so that’s how its championship was settled.
OU failed to capitalize in regulation despite outgaining Baylor 420-275. But the teams had just 200 yards between them at halftime.
Baylor went through three different quarterbacks, the last one being the most fruitful. Starter Charlie Brewer left with an injury and backup Gerry Bohanon was apparently benched.
Then, in just his third collegiate game, Baylor’s Jacob Zeno hit Tristan Ebner for an 81-yard score with 9:41 left to get the Bears within 23-20. After forcing an OU punt, the Bears were in position to win, had the Sooners not forced a late field-goal try.
Chris Platt caught a 78-yard pass on the ensuing possession and Baylor nearly drove in for the game-winning points. OU delivered a third-down stop to force a field goal, with Baylor tying the game at 23-23 with 3:25 left.
The Sooners took over with 3:25 left and a chance to win, behind an offense that had been stifled most of the game. That happened again, but Baylor couldn’t punch in the winning points.
OU will learn its bowl assignment Sunday.