NORMAN – The Sooners bounced back from the struggle against Army yesterday with a 66-33 blowout of Baylor. Kyler Murray did not start due to being late for practice on Friday, but made up for it with an incredible performance backing up Austin Kendall. Kendall came out after the first series, and Murray then proceeded to go 17-21 for 441 yards and six TDs. His four incompletions consisted of three drops and a ball caught out of bounds. He also ran for 36 yards on 11 carries.
Kennedy Brooks led all Sooner rushers with 107 yards and two TDs on only eight carries, most late in the game. Hollywood Brown had five catches for 132 yards and a pair of TDs. CeeDee Lamb added three catches for 101 yards and a score, while Lee Morris had three catches for 61 yards and a pair of scores.
The Sooner defense was a mixed bag. Baylor hit only one chunk play, late in the game in garbage time, but was successful at times dinking and dunking down the field. They pressured the QB very well, recording six sacks that should have been more like 11. However, poor tackling reared its ugly head once again. Still, they showed signs of something that might be good. Maybe.
The Sooners lost the toss and received to start the game. A personal foul on Baylor gave the Sooners a first down, but they stalled at their own 40 and were forced to punt. Austin Seibert’s punt was muffed by BU’s Chris Platt at the Bears’ 10, and Buzzy Bolton scooped it up and took it into the end zone. By rule, a muffed kick cannot be advanced, so the Sooners took over at the Baylor 10. Two plays later, Murray hit Morris for a nine-yard TD, and the Sooners led 7-0 with 12:58 to play in the first quarter.
Baylor had the rare five-play three-and-out (created by a pair of holding penalties) and punted the Sooners to their own 43. Murray ran for three and hit Lamb for nine, then connected with Hollywood Brown for his first catch in two weeks to the Baylor 30. On the next play, Murray threw a frozen rope to Grant Calcaterra for a 30-yard TD. OU led 14-0 with 8:38 to play in the first quarter.
Baylor answered with a12-play, 75-yard TD drive. The extra point bounced off the upright, and the Sooners’ lead was cut to 14-6 with 5:56 to play in the first quarter. After the teams exchanged punts, OU took over on their own 43.
Murray hit Lee Morris for nine yards, then Sherman ran for two. After a sack lost 10, Murray scooted for 22 and very nearly broke it for a TD. He then hit Morris for 43 yards and the TD. OU led 21-6 with 10:51 to play in the first half.
Baylor picked up a first down on the ensuing possession, but was forced to punt. The Sooners took over on their own 17. Murray converted a third and 7 with an 11-yard pass to Myles Tease, then hit Brown for 40 yards to the Baylor 29. Two plays later, he connected with Brown again for 24 yards and the TD. The Sooner lead was 28-6 with 6:36 to play in the first half. Baylor would add a fire-drill field goal on the final play of the half and OU would lead 28-9 as the teams went to the break.
Baylor took the opening kickoff of the second half and dinked and dunked their way to a 75-yard, 3-play TD to make it 28-16 with 10:22 to play in the third quarter. The Sooners answered with an 86-yard TD pass from Murray to Lamb on third and seven from the Sooner 14. Murray was pressured, but calmly hit Lamb on a short crossing pattern, and Lamb did the rest, jetting down the right sideline for the score. The Sooners led 35-16 with 9:37 to play in the third quarter.
Baylor answered with an eight-play, 75-yard drive to make it 35-23. The Sooners then went 75 yards of their own to respond. The big play was a 50-yard TD pass from Murray to Brown. It was a short pass to the left flat, but Brown put a shake on his defender, and it was all over. Brown prettty much coasted in from the 35 on, and it was 42-23 with 4:09 to play in the third.
After a Baylor punt, the Sooners violated the laws of space-time by moving the ball 52 yards without any time coming off the clock. On second and 10 from the Baylor 42, Sermon ran for 20, but the play was called back by a hold. It was the last play of the third quarter, but there was an untimed down added due to the penalty. Sermon then took a short swing pass left, cut back, and channeled Renaldo Works vs. Alabama (without the hurdle) and carried it all the way to the Baylor one. A face mask extended the quarter again, and Murray carried in from there for a 49-23 lead at the end of the third.
Brooks would add 34 and 49-yard TD runs while Baylor scored 10 in garbage time to make the final score 66-33. Caleb Kelly nearly killed Baylor’s QB Charlie Brewer on a sack late in the game.
Next up – the big game in Dallas. Texas is 4-1 and College GameDay is coming to the Fair. I’m ready for corny dogs for breakfast. See you in Fair Park. BEAT THE HELL OUTTA TEXAS!!