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10:58 p.m. | Final From Waco
Oklahoma's comeback bid comes up short and the fans rush the field in Waco as No. 22 Baylor upsets No. 5 Oklahoma, 45-38.
10:58 p.m. | Baylor Scores
Robert Griffin finds Terrance Williams in the end zone and Baylor grabs the lead back, 45-38, with just 0:08 left on the clock.
10:54 p.m. | Bell's TDs
Blake Bell's four rushing touchdowns tonight are the most by a Sooner QB since J.C. Watts had four against OSU in 1980.
10:52 p.m. | Brand New Ballgame
The Sooners were going to go for the win, but a false start penalty forced them to settle for the extra point. With 51 seconds left in regulation, we have a brand new ballgame here in Waco. OU's defense will need one more stand to send it into OT.
10:50 p.m. | Are You Nervous?
10:49 p.m. | Sooners Score!
Blake Bell scores his fourth TD of the game to bring the Sooners within one with 0:51 remaining. In a timeout now as Coach Stoops considers going for two.
10:41 p.m. | Defense Holds Again
Baylor gained a couple of first downs, but Oklahoma's defense gets off the field again to give the offense another chance. Down seven with 3:29 remaining, the Sooners will begin the drive at their own 23-yard line.
10:37 p.m. | Gut-Check Time
The Sooner defense has had its highs and lows tonight, but as we close in on the 5:00 mark they need to buckle down again to give Oklahoma a chance. Oregon's loss to USC was just announced in the stadium, opening the door for OU to move up yet another spot in the BCS standings. Come on Sooners!
10:33 p.m. | Cut in Half
OU cuts the Baylor lead in half with a methodical seven-play, 75-yard drive capped by Blake Bell's third rushing touchdown of the night. The Sooners turned to a senior, Dejuan Miller, and a true freshman, Brandon Williams, for big chunks of yardage on that drive. Miller had catches of 10 and 12 yards, while Williams had two 12-yard runs. All four plays came consecutively.
10:27 p.m. | Defense Holds
OU's defense does its job by holding Baylor to a three-and-out. Just as importantly, the Bears only took a little over a minute off the clock. The Sooners have the ball back with 8:27 remaining and desperately need a score on this drive.
10:21 p.m. | Stopped on Downs
Needing more than a field goal, Oklahoma elected to go for it on fourth-and-15 from the Baylor 25. Good coverage by the Bears as Jones had absolutely nobody to throw to. The Sooners turn it over on downs and will need a defensive stop as Baylor takes over with 9:45 remaining.
10:16 p.m. | Jaz Hangs Tough
Jaz Reynolds has made headlines in recent weeks with his nifty one-handed catches. Credit him for not being afraid to go across the middle and make the tough catch either. That's exactly what he did for a big gain on this latest drive. Reynolds paid the price by taking a big hit, but he hung on to put the Sooners in scoring range. He stayed down for a little bit but walked off under his own power and appears to be alright.
10:11 p.m. | Two Down
Terrance Ganaway gives Baylor a two score advantage with an 11-yard touchdown run. After a quick start to the second half, OU is now struggling to get things going on both sides of the ball.
10:06 p.m. | Intercepted
Baylor makes the big play to keep the momentum on its side as Landry Jones' deep pass attempt to James Hanna was intercepted. The Bears quickly take advantage with a big gain on a crossing route and are threatening to score again.
10:03 p.m. | Fourth Quarter
Oklahoma heads to the fourth quarter trailing by seven. The Sooner offense needs to make a statement here and grab the momentum back. It's all on Baylor's side right now, and the crowd is as loud as it's been all night.
9:57 p.m. | Baylor Back on Top
The Bears go 85 yards in 10 plays to take back the lead, 31-24. We've got ourselves a dogfight on the road in a hostile environment with just over a quarter to play.
9:54 p.m. | Jones & Receivers
Landry Jones has over 300 yards passing for eighth time this season and 20th time in his career. He went over 300 nine times last year.
Nine different players have caught a pass for the Sooners tonight. OU also had nine against K-State, Texas and Missouri, along with 10 against Ball State and 11 against Tulsa.
9:49 p.m. | Ride the Wave
Another swing in the momentum has the Baylor crowd back into this one. As is often the case in big games, big plays and big breaks can shift the pendulum back-and-forth to either side. Coaches often stress "riding the wave" and not getting too high or low in either situation. You can be sure that's the theme on the OU sideline right now as the Bears currently have the momentum.
9:44 p.m. | BU Gets a Break
A big break for Baylor as a Robert Griffin pass is deflected in the air before being hauled in by Kendall Wright, who dashed 87 yards for the game-tying score. The pass wasn't initially intended for Wright, but the receiver found himself in the right place at the right time as the ball traveled about 10 yards in the air after the deflection.
9:39 p.m. | Versatile Millard
Millen on Trey Millard: "He's so versatile, in short-yardage situations pounding guys with his blocking, we've watched him carry the ball a couple of times. He can catch it and block at the line of scrimmage. That's a very valuable football player." Check out the day in the life of Millard video feature we released earlier this week:
9:34 p.m. | Hot After Halftime
ABC's Matt Millen had this to say of OU's quick start here in the third quarter: "I've had three games with the Sooners this season and every time, they've come out absolutely smoking after the half. That's a credit to the coaching staff."
9:31 p.m. | Bell, Lewis Notes
Blake Bell has rushed for two touchdowns in his second straight game. He has scored in three straight games and has five TDs since coming off the bench at Kansas State.
With four tackles so far tonight, senior LB Travis Lewis has moved up to fifth place all-time at Oklahoma with 427 tackles, passing Rod Shoate, 426 (1972-74).
9:27 p.m. | Silenced
A much different mood here in the stadium than we experienced throughout the first half. The Sooner fans are now the ones making the noise. OU's defense looks to keep the momentum in their favor with Baylor taking possession right in front of the crimson half of the stadium.
9:23 p.m. | Turn of Events
Baylor thought their No. 10 could run the Belldozer, but the Sooner defense said no way. OU grabs ahold of the momentum with a big stop on fourth down at BU 30-yard line. The Sooners need just two plays to take the lead, with Landry Jones going long to Kenny Stills on first down, followed by a Bell one-yard plunge. A drastic turn of events here to start the third quarter as the Sooners score a pair of quick TDs and grab the lead, 24-17.
9:17 p.m. | Big Bruisers
We mentioned Blake Bell earlier, but the Sooners turn to two of their other bruisers, James Hanna and Trey Millard, to put a quick six on the board to start the second half. Coach Stoops loves his big guys and isn't afraid to give them the ball in big situations. We're back to a tie ball game less than two minutes into the second half, 17-17.
9:13 p.m. | Look Familiar?
Did that long pass to James Hanna remind you of his big catch last year at Oklahoma State? Hanna has some speed for a tight end, and he got behind the Baylor defense there.
9:11 p.m. | They're For Real
Anyone who thought the Sooners would come in here and walk away with an easy win was certainly mistaken. We knew about Baylor's explosive offense, but their defense has been just as impressive in holding OU's offense in check. We're back to action here in the second half, with the Sooners on offense first.
8:56 p.m. | Sooner Support
Here's an updated view from our seat so you can see the strong showing of OU fans here in Waco. Thanks again to Sooner Nation for showing up strong and offering your support wherever you are and wherever we play:
8:48 p.m. | Headed to Halftime
OU's drive stalls near midfield and we head to halftime with Baylor holding a 17-10 lead. We've certainly seen more defense so far in this one as opposed to the shootout that was predicted by experts. Both defenses have established they're not going to make it easy on the star quarterbacks. We'll see who can get into more of a rhythm in the second half.
8:42 p.m. | Big Play Bears
Baylor quickly reclaims the momentum with a 69-yard TD pass on the first play of its ensuing drive. The Bears clearly want to strike quickly, so the Sooner defense needs to be ready the moment they step on the field. Baylor 17, Oklahoma 10.
8:41 p.m. | Comparing No. 10s
Blake Bell and Robert Griffin III both wear No. 10, and they now have both made their initial mark in the collegiate ranks with their legs. The similarities between the two pretty much stop there, however. While Griffin is known for his athleticism and elusiveness, Bell has certainly gained a reputation of being a bruiser for the Sooners. Coach Stoops continues to say he likes what Bell can do with his arm as well. Perhaps we'll see that aspect of his game some time in the future.
8:37 p.m. | Knotted Up
Bell punches it in from three yards out and we're all square once again in Waco, 10-10. This marks the third straight game in which Bell has reached the end zone.
8:34 p.m. | The Belldozer
Oklahoma turns to the "Belldozer" for the first time tonight and fourth-and-inches from the 10-yard line. It wasn't as easy as we've seen it in recent games, but credit Bell for the second effort to pick up the first. The Sooners are knocking on the door.
8:26 p.m. | Bears Strike
Baylor scores the first touchdown of the game with a 15-yard run from Terrance Ganaway. The TD was set up by a big pass play from Griffin to Kendall Wright on the play Ronnell Lewis was injured on. It's now Baylor 10, Oklahoma 3 with under 7:00 remaining in the first half.
8:22 p.m. | Thoughts with Ronnell
A scary moment for Oklahoma as Ronnell Lewis walked off gingerly with the help of trainers. The injury bug has taken a big toll on the Sooners already this season. We're certainly hoping this isn't the latest in a long list.
8:17 p.m. | Pushing Back
A sack on Landry Jones for a loss of six yards pushes OU out of field goal range and the Sooners are forced to punt. With OU's seven tackles for loss tonight, the Bears take a page out of the Sooners' playbook by dialing up a blitz on the third-down play.
8:14 p.m. | Spreading It Around
Landry Jones is certainly utilizing all of his weapons tonight with the absence of Ryan Broyles. Seven different Sooners have already caught passes in tonight's game, and three have multiple catches. Jones isn't just looking to the receivers, either. Tight ends James Hanna and Trent Ratterree each have a catch, while running back Roy Finch has two.
8:06 p.m. | Wort Back in Action
Tom Wort tracked down Griffin on Baylor's latest third-down attempt to force another Bear punt. Good to see Wort back out there making plays after he limped off the field earlier in the game. The guy is toughing it out and playing banged up. Remember, he probably would not have played last week if not for the bye after injuring his ankle against Texas A&M.
8:01 p.m. | Sooner Turnover
Trey Franks got flipped head-over-heels after a big gain on an end around and put the ball on the ground. Baylor recovered and will go back to work on offense. With a fired up crowd here in Waco, the Sooners can't afford to give them any more juice. The defense needs to step and get some momentum back for Oklahoma.
7:54 p.m. | Calling the Sharks
The Pride of Oklahoma has been playing the Jaws theme prior to third-down plays when the Sooner defense is on the field. So far it's been paying off. OU holds Baylor to a field goal and we're tied 3-3.
7:48 p.m. | Alexander Climbing
With his three TFLs and one sack already tonight, Frank Alexander moved into seventh place all-time at OU with 20.5 career sacks, tied with Aubrey Beavers (1990-93). He also moved into eighth place with 41.5 career tackles for loss, passing the likes of Brian Bosworth, Lee Roy Selmon, Tony Casillas and Dan Cody.
7:47 p.m. | Good From Long
With the connection on that last field goal, Hunnicutt is now 3-for-3 from beyond 40 yards on the season. The 47-yarder is second longest. Remember, he had the 53-yarder at K-State.
7:45 p.m. | Short Field, Long FG
Getting to the Bears behind the line of scrimmage provides another benefit for the Sooners as they are given a short field after the Baylor punt. The Sooners take advantage with a 47-yard field goal from Michael Hunnicutt for the first points of the game. It's 3-0 Sooners with 5:34 left in the first quarter.
7:41 p.m. | Getting to Griffin
One of the keys for Oklahoma entering the game was getting hits on Robert Griffin early. They have certainly done that on the Bears' first two drives with five tackles for loss already, three by Frank Alexander. Baylor coach Art Briles is yelling "protect" and "poise" at his offensive linemen from the sideline.
7:36 p.m. | Crowd Noise
Heard some Baylor fans in the elevator earlier talking about Iowa State's upset over OSU last night possibly serving as inspiration for the Bears today. The crowd here in Waco is certainly fired up and making their presence felt when the Sooners are on offense. OU loses a lot of non-verbal communication when calling plays, but the noise still has to have an impact.
7:32 p.m. | Impact Players
The ABC broadcast shares its four impact players for the Sooners: Landry Jones, Roy Finch, Kenny Stills and Frank Alexander. Alexander has already shown his impact play off the edge with the hit on Griffin.
7:31 p.m. | Jackson's First Start
Much of the talk this week has revolved around how the Sooners will respond without Ryan Broyles in the lineup. OU has said it will fill those shoes by committee. One player who is getting in the mix right from the beginning tonight is Kameel Jackson. The true freshman made his first start as a Sooner tonight.
7:27 p.m. | Blitzing Griffin
Coach Venables is dialing up the blitzes off the edge, first with Corey Nelson and then with Frank Alexander. Looks like the game plan is to make Griffin pay any time he spends time in the pocket looking for a long throw downfield.
7:25 p.m. | Defense Stands
Put a check in the positive column for the Sooner defense on that first drive. With Baylor's athleticism on offense, OU's focus will certainly be on keeping everything in front of them and not giving up the big play. The Sooners dodged a bullet on the long pass to Wright, but credit them for buckling down and holding the Bears off the scoreboard. Javon Harris had the big TFL on third down.
7:22 p.m. | Lots of Laundry
There have been flags flying all over the field so far in this first drive for the Bears. The first couple were to OU's benefit with the big holding penalty and later a false start, but a pass interference penalty on Jamell Fleming on third-and-long now has Baylor across midfield and near scoring territory.
7:16 p.m. | We're Underway
Patrick O'Hara sent the opening kickoff into the end zone and we're underway here in Waco. The Sooners dodged a bullet on Baylor's second play from scrimmage as Robert Griffin III went deep to Kendall Wright for an apparent touchdown. The play was called back, however, due to a holding penalty.
7:14 p.m. | Tunnel Walk
One of the quirks here at Floyd Casey Stadium is OU's unique walk from the locker room to the field. The Sooners must first go down a long tunnel before coming back up a ramp to field level. The Sooners marched onto the field just a few minutes ago:
7:09 p.m. | The Baylor Line
While Baylor isn't often thought of for its tradition, they do have one here that you won't find anywhere else, The Baylor Line. Members of the BU freshman class are unleashed onto the field before taking their seats at Floyd Casey Stadium:
7:06 p.m. | Lewis Fires Up Sooners
ABC featured Travis Lewis' on-field message to the team in its opener for the OU-Baylor game: "We're Oklahoma!" Good to see No. 28 firing up the team.
7:04 p.m. | Walker Wearing 12
Junior DT Casey Walker has the honor of wearing No. 12 tonight in honor of the late Austin Box. Here's a shot of Walker during pre-game warmups. Look for big No. 12 and the rest of the Sooner defense tonight as they try to contain Robert Griffin III. We're under 10 minutes away from kickoff here in Waco:
6:26 p.m. | Fans Filing In
Fans decked out in both green and gold and crimson and cream are starting to file in to the stadium. It looks like the Sooners will have a pretty strong showing tonight, as they typically do in Waco. The OU crowd is congregated in five+ sections directly across from us on the East side of the stadium. We're going to head down to the field to snap some photos quick and will be back updating shortly.
6:17 p.m. | Southern Hospitality
We have to give props to the Baylor media relations staff for their hospitality. They do it as well as anywhere else we travel to. Just finished a stellar pre-game meal and are back to work. Of course, you can't eat in Waco without having a Dr Pepper with your meal. Invented here in 1885, they offer all varieties of the popular soft drink in the press box. We'll try not to drink 15 à la Forrest Gump.
5:42 p.m. | Weather Forecast
If you couldn't tell from the previous picture, the skies are looking a little threatening here in Waco. It's been humid and overcast all day, and the forecast is showing a pretty good chance of rain and thunderstorms. We're hoping we don't run into another delay like the one we had earlier this year back in Norman:
5:36 p.m. | Our Vantage Point
Here's the view from our post in the press box here at Baylor:
5:23 p.m. | Sooners Have Arrived
The Sooners were welcomed by a strong contingent of OU fans upon their arrival at Floyd Casey Stadium. We're set up in the press box and ready to bring you the action live as No. 5 Oklahoma takes on No. 22 Baylor. Stay tuned for more multimedia, notes and reaction as the game unfolds.
8:01 a.m. | Oklahoma at Baylor
Follow along all Saturday as the No. 5 Sooners play the No. 22 Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco Saturday night. The game will kick shortly after 7 p.m. and will be televised by ABC.
November 22, 2011
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