No. 12 Oklahoma defeated Baylor on Saturday, but it didn't necessarily feel that way, according to Crimson And Cream Machine.
The Sooners escaped Oklahoma Memorial Stadium with a 42-34 over the 4-5 Bears, who ran for 252 yards on Oklahoma's defense. If not for a couple of missed opportunities by Baylor's quarterback, the result could have been much different, says Esco:
Oklahoma was the benefactor of multiple Nick Florence overthrows that could have made this game much more interesting.
Baylor entered the game averaging nearly 400 passing yards per game, so Oklahoma can put a feather in its cap in that category. Still, Florence's inaccuracy prevented the Bears from at least getting closer to that number.
Oklahoma went up by two scores on a couple of occasions, the latest coming early in the fourth quarter after Blake Bell's 55-yard touchdown run. Instead of increasing the lead to give themselves further breathing room, the Sooners stalled out on offense and allowed Baylor get back to within one score with a little more than a minute remaining. "That's a problem," writes Esco:
Do Bob Stoops' teams know how to put their foot on an opponent's throat and not let it off in any game besides Texas? Sure seems like they don't.
Oklahoma travels east to take on Big 12 newcomer West Virginia on Nov. 17 before facing TCU and Oklahoma State to finish the season.