Baylor walked into Norman and handed Oklahoma a humbling 48-14 loss on Saturday. The Sooners imploded after building an early 14-3 lead, giving up 45 unanswered points en route to a definitive beat down.
Outside of a slow first quarter, it was a comprehensive beating for Oklahoma. Bryce Petty carved their defense to ribbons, linking up repeatedly with Corey Coleman and a whole cadre of dangerous receivers. Coleman had 15 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving), but every Baylor player that caught a pass averaged over 8 yards per reception. All told, Baylor put up 545 total yards.
Bryce Petty passed Robert Griffin III for the most 300-yard passing games in school history, notching his 14th Saturday against the Sooners. The win was also the program's first ever in Norman, and was the first win over a ranked team on the road since they beat Arkansas in 1991.
To make matters even worse for the Sooners, quarterback Trevor Knight was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. Still no word as to his exact condition, but with the season starting to wind down, it's possible he may not be back until the bowl game, if at all this season.
Three things we learned
1. Baylor is still in the Big 12 and Playoff races. After Baylor's loss to West Virginia, the focus shifted towards TCU and Kansas State as the potential Big 12 entrants in the College Football Playoff. Well, sleeping on the Bears may not be advisable. They just wiped the floor with Oklahoma, hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over TCU, and host Kansas State on the last week of the regular season.
Baylor is currently ranked 12th in the CFP rankings, but with so many teams ranked ahead of them sure to drop games down the stretch, would you bet against them? Their out-of-conference schedule will continue to work against them, but they can pick up a couple resume-boosting wins in November.
2. We have unrest in Norman. Oklahoma has endured some rough losses over the past few years, but it's difficult to remember a loss where scheme had as much to do with it as this one. The players seemed to know it too, as evidenced by Julian Wilson's sideline outburst towards Bob and Mike Stoops.
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Former Sooner standout safety Tony Jefferson was similarly unimpressed with the unresponsive scheming, which gave huge cushions to let Baylor wide receivers operate. And he wasn't the only famous alum who wasn't pleased:
Billy Sims just came through south endzone & yelled "this (expletive) never happened when I was here." #Sooners— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) November 8, 2014
Will this discontent manifest itself into something more, or is this just another bump in the road? With the Sooners now sitting on three losses for the year, it's not totally inconceivable that the wheels may come off the wagon.
3. Bryce Petty's 2013 form is still in there. It would be unfair to Petty to say he's having a bad 2014 season, but he certainly has not matched his 2013 season. He's still doing a good job of keeping turnovers down with only three picks on the year, but his completion percentage is down from 62 percent to just over 54 percent, and he's averaging nearly 2 yards less per attempt.
With all that in mind, he was magnificent against Oklahoma. He completed 76 percent of his passes, going 32-of-42 for 387 yards and a touchdown. You'd think the touchdown number would be higher, but the Bears had four rushing touchdowns of 5 yards or less. Vultures.