OU 42, Baylor 34 | November 10, 2012 | Norman, Okla.
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6:13 p.m. | Thanks For Joining and Boomer Sooner!
That's it for us at Owen Field as the Sooners move to 7-2 (5-1 Big 12) on the year with a 42-34 win vs. Baylor, holding the nation's top-ranked passing offense to a season-low 172 yards through the air. Thanks for joining us throughout the day on our live blog. We'll have recap, highlights, photos and more on SoonerSports.com shortly. Don't forget to tune in to our live stream of head coach Bob Stoops' post-game press conference, which can be found at SoonerSports.tv by following the link below:
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6:11 p.m. | That Should Do It
Oklahoma recovers as Lacoltan Bester gets his hands on the ball. The Sooners should be able to run out the clock as Baylor only has one timeout left.
6:10 p.m. | Two-Point Conversion Good
Baylor has made it a one-possession game in Norman as QB Nick Florence plows ahead two yards. The Bears will attempt an onside kick trailing, 42-34, with 1:26 left.
6:06 p.m. | Crucial Conversion Coming
6-yard touchdown, Oklahoma calls a timeout to gameplan for the upcoming two-point conversion attempt. Get a stop, it's over. Otherwise, we have a one-possession game with 1:26 left. Now, Baylor uses a timeout to talk it over. The Bears will have to attempt an onside kick after this regardless.
5:53 p.m. | Announced Attendance
Tonight's attendance was just announced at 84,945. That marks the 85th-consecutive sellout -- every game of the Bob Stoops' era -- extending the record at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
5:51 p.m. | Belldozer Time
Blake Bell saw some more playing time on OU's most recent drive, carrying the ball three straight times for a combined 18 yards.
Baylor will take over on its own 20-yard line.
5:46 p.m. | Looking at the Numbers
In parenthesis are Baylor's season-lows.With 11 minutes to play, Oklahoma is currently holding Baylor to 344 yards of total offense (432 vs. TCU) and 142 passing yards (312 vs. SHSU). The Sooners are the only team in the Big 12 to have not allowed 300 yards passing. A lot of time left, but impressive nonetheless.
5:37 p.m. | More on Bell
Blake Bell's 55-yard TD run was the longest by an OU quarterback
58-yard rush vs. TCU (9/12/98) and the longest touchdown run since an 80-yarder by Eric Moore vs. Baylor (10/18/97). It passed the longest rush by a quarterback in the Stoops era, set previously by Paul Thompson's 50-yard rush vs. Fresno State in (9/13/03). The score was his team-leading 10th TD of the season.
5:36 p.m. | Belldozer in Another Gear
On third-and-1, OU elected to go with the Belldozer package. While it's usually to excel in short-yardage situations, quarterback Blake Bell decided the first down wasn't enough. On his first play of the day, Bell sprinted 55 yards for the touchdown to help put the Sooners ahead, 42-26.
It came a yard shy of doubling his previous career-long rush. Bell's previous career-best was a 28-yarder against Oklahoma State on Dec. 3, 2011.
5:29 p.m. | Flyover Crew Recognized
The five-person crew that conducted the F-16 flyover prior to the game was recognized following the third quarter in the south end zone. Among them were two 1995 graduates of the University of Oklahoma, Major Robin Lytle and Major Jeff Milburn. Click here to see a picture of the pregame flyover.
5:25 p.m. | End of the Third
Baylor got as
close as 28-26, but Oklahoma will take a 35-26 lead into the final quarter and possession on its own 40-yard line.
5:21 p.m. | Williams is Back
Damien Williams now has his second multi-rushing touchdown game as a Sooner with two today. He also had four against Florida A&M. Additionally, Williams is 13 yards shy of his fourth 100-yard rushing game this season.
5:18 p.m. | There We Go!
After a rough start to the second half for the OU offense, the Sooners get back on track with a
12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to make it a two-possession game in Norman. We can't overstate how huge the two-point conversion stop was for the defense, as well as Michael Hunnicutt's extra point after OU's most recent score.
5:14 p.m. | Belldozer Waiting
We believe the Belldozer has come onto the field three times today, but hasn't been able to operate due to penalties on both OU and Baylor. This one goes in OU's favor for a Sooners' first down. OU is in the red zone.
5:11 p.m. | Saunders' Big Grab
Jalen Saunders comes up with a huge
11-yard catch on third-and-7 for the Sooners to keep the drive going. He's tied for the team lead with five catches.
5:06 p.m. | Sooners Still Lead
Baylor scored on a 2-yard touchdown run from Lache Seastrunk to decrease the OU deficit to two.
The Bears attempted a two-point conversion to tie the game, but OU came up with the stop. Sooners lead 28-26, but have turned the ball over on both second-half possessions. OU scored two touchdowns in both the first and second quarters.
5:03 p.m. | "Right Back at 'Em"
Following Landry Jones' interception, wide receiver Justin Brown offered some encouragement, "Landry, right back at 'em." Sooners keeping their heads up after their second third-quarter turnover.
4:59 p.m. | Whew!
Not counting Baylor's last drive of the first half (one play to run out the clock), the Bears had scored on three straight possessions. That was until the Sooners came up with a big stop and forced Baylor to turn it over on downs.
4:54 p.m. | Kickoff Return, Turnover
The last two OU kickoff returns have each gone for 36 yards, one before the half by Brennan Clay and one just now by Roy Finch. OU's first offensive possession of the second-half, however, resulted in a fumble by Damien Williams. Despite having field position in Baylor territory, the Bears will get the ball right back at their own 41-yard line.
4:49 p.m. | Bend, Don't Break
Just like Baylor's first possession of the first half, the Bears finish their first of the second half with a field goal. BU made it to the Sooners' 5-yard line, but
only got one yard further on Nick Florence's scramble on third-and-goal. Kudos to Tony Jefferson for the huge open-field tackle. It's a one-possession game here in Norman.
4:42 p.m. | Set for Second-Half
The teams are back on the field and lining up to kick off the second-half. Baylor won the toss and elected to defer, so that Bears will start the third quarter on offense.
4:41 p.m. | History DVD Premiere Monday
We know you're preoccupied today with Sooner football, but why not make it Monday as well?
The Warren Theatre in Moore, Okla., will host the world premiere of The History of Oklahoma Football Part III: Dynasty of Championships on Monday. Two separate screenings begin at 7 p.m. Follow these links for tickets or for more information.
4:23 p.m. | Landry Hits 200
Landry Jones' 35-yard touchdown before halftime put him over 200 yards passing in the first-half with 212. When Jones has 200 or more passing yards in the opening two quarters, the Sooners are 20-1. OU is also 28-2 when Jones throws two or more touchdowns and he already has two today. Those are good signs for the Crimson and Cream.
4:21 p.m. | Clay's Impact
Last week two Brennan Clay runs for a total of 14 yards encouraged the OU offense
to be more aggressive with under a minute to play in the first-half, setting up an eventual touchdown with 14 seconds left. This week, Clay's 36-yard touchdown run set up an OU touchdown with 15 seconds left in the first-half, a 35-yard pass from Landry Jones to Justin Brown. That touchdown was huge and the Sooners have a 28-17 lead at halftime.
4:14 p.m. | Turnaround
Since totaling 40 yards on its first two possessions, the Baylor offense has responded with touchdown drives of 80 and 75 yards to keep this one close. OU still leads 21-17 with 33 seconds remaining in the half.
4:05 p.m. | Williams Greeted
After being held out of the end zone the past two games and recently limited by injury, Damien Williams returned to his scoring ways with a 3-yard touchdown. Both Coach Stoops and running backs coach Cale Gundy came over to congratulate Williams after that drive. We can imagine they were telling him to keep those legs churning like that against the Baylor defense.
3:56 p.m. | Timeouts Toasted
Prior to OU's offensive possession with 9:34 left in the first half, the Sooners burnt their final timeout of the first two quarters. OU leads 14-10.
3:55 p.m. | Hurst vs. Williams
We're watching great coverage by senior corner Demontre Hurst on Baylor receiver Terrance Williams, who has been held to eight yards receiving on two catches. Williams currently leads all receivers in the nation with 167 yards per game. It's an interesting game-within-the-game to watch - especially considering how well the Sooner secondary remembers what happened last season in Baylor.
3:53 p.m. | Bears Find End Zone
Baylor's offense put together its first touchdown drive of the day, going 80 yards in six plays.
The key play of the drive was a 37-yard pass from Nick Florence to Levi Norwood on third-and-7 from the Bears' 34-yard line. Florence's 5-yard touchdown run was reviewed, as he had let the ball go, but the officials determined the ball crossed the goal line first. The crowd, as you might suspect, disagreed.
3:51 p.m. | O-Line Playing Well
OU's receivers have a few drops and Landry Jones has been a bit off here in the second quarter with the wind at his back. Oklahoma's last two drives have ended in punts. On the bright side, OU's offensive line is doing an outstanding job against the Baylor defense - good news considering venerable center Gabe Ikard is on the sideline. True freshmen Ty Darlington playing well in his place.
3:49 p.m. | Brennan on the Sidelines
Brennan Clay has scored both of OU's touchdowns today -- one receiving and one rushing. Check out this Instagram photo of him after riding the stationary bike following his second TD. You can follow us on Instagram by clicking @ou_football.
3:45 p.m. | Scoreboard Update
During the timeout break, highlights and score updates were shown from around the country. The crowd gave a huge ovation after the board showed Texas A&M leading Alabama, 20-0, in the first-half.
3:39 p.m. | Defense Impressive Part II
Baylor, statistically the No. 1 offense in the nation, is averaging just 2.6 yards per play against this Sooner defense.
3:37 p.m. | Defense Impressive
With 13:11 remaining in the second quarter, the OU defense has been absolutely spectacular so far. The Bears have been limited to three first downs, eight passing yards and 29 total yards.
3:30 p.m. | Not Content
Quarterback Landry Jones put his helmet down in frustration on the OU sideline after the Sooner offense stalled at 50-yard line. Although the Sooners have put up 162 yards on three possessions, they aren't content. Jones is 11-of-14 for 103 yards so far.
3:24 p.m. | Number of the Quarter
The number that sticks out from the opening quarter? A glaring 8. That's Baylor's total passing yards in two possessions. The Bears average
a NCAA-leading 392.1 yards per game through the air, but are on pace for just 32. Surely that won't hold up, right? Some of that can be attributed to the stingy Sooner secondary, but the Bears also dropped a few passes in the first period.
3:18 p.m. | "What Wind?" Part II
Second kickoff Patrick O'Hara has buried in the end zone. That's quite an achievement considering the south wind he's booting the ball in to. Anyone from Oklahoma (or that's been to Oklahoma) knows what kind of wind we can get out here. This is one of those days.
3:17 p.m. | Lane Johnson Feature
Senior offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who was a question mark all week on whether he would be able to play or not, made it into the game on OU's extra point. Check out this Sooner Sports TV feature on Johnson's passion:
3:15 p.m. | Precision Offense
In two 75-yard touchdown drives, Oklahoma's offense has yet to be tested. In 23 plays, only three have been on third down as the Sooners have moved the ball with ease.
3:02 p.m. | Held to Three
Facing a Baylor offense that ranks first nationally in total offense and passing offense, OU limited Baylor to eight total yards on its opening drive. Two OU penalties allowed the Bears to advance into OU territory and convert a 58-yard field goal via Aaron Jones, tying the second-longest ever against OU.
2:59 p.m. | Kalsu Honored
Sooner great Bob Kalsu, who was featured on today's game program and ticket, lost his life fighting for his country in Vietnam. This video was just played on the big board at Memorial Stadium:
2:54 p.m. | FSN on OU Now!
Texas Tech just defeated Kansas, 41-34, in double overtime in Lubbock. FOX Sports Net has now switched over to our game here in Norman.
2:52 p.m. | First Drive Notes
With Landry Jones' touchdown pass, he is now in sole possession of 10th-place all-time in the NCAA record books with 110 TD tosses. That was also the first touchdown reception for Brennan Clay in his career.
2:49 p.m. | What Wind?
Despite the previously mentioned weather conditions, the Sooners elected to pass the football on six of their opening drive's 10 plays -- and they were successful at it. Landry Jones completed 5-of-6 passes for 56 yards and a
5-yard TD pass to Brennan Clay. Sooners lead, 7-0!
2:45 p.m. | Windy Conditions
It's so windy in Norman today (officially a wind advisory with gusts up to 35 mph from the south) that the game was delayed so the cheerleaders could grab their poms that blew onto the field from the sideline. Sooners driving into the teeth of this breeze. Hold on to your hats Sooner fans!
2:39 p.m. | TV Coming
As the Kansas-Texas Tech game has gone to overtime, our game has not made it on TV on FSN yet. Stick with us for all of your live coverage.
2:37 p.m. | Change at Center
According to a tweet from @OU_Football, junior center Gabe Ikard is dressed but will not play today for the Sooners due to health concerns. Freshman Ty Darlington recorded his first career start.
2:32 p.m. | Coin Toss
Baylor has won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Oklahoma will open the game on offense.
2:30 p.m. | F-16 Flyover
Following the National Anthem, the 93rd Fighter Squadron from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Miami, Fla., conducted an F-16 flyover:
2:27 p.m. | Live Photo Gallery Update
We're updated our live Facebook photo gallery with photos from warmups and the team running off the field for the final time prior to kickoff. Check out this photo of Coach Stoops meeting with troops prior to the game:
1:35 p.m. | Kickoff in an Hour
We're setup live at the 50-yard line here on Owen Field as the clock on the big board is officially under 60 minutes. Stay tuned to the blog for pictures from warmups.
12:57 p.m. | Darrell Royal Feature
Darrell Royal, an All-American for the Sooners in 1949, passed away this week.
This feature aired on Sooner Sports Gameday this morning to remember Royal:
11:42 a.m. | Sooner Sports Game Day
In case you missed it, the Sooner Sports TV pregame show
has been archived online. Including features on Lane Johnson, Darrell Royal and Bob Kalsu, you can watch it below:
11:35 a.m. | One Hour Away
The OU buses are scheduled to arrive at Memorial Stadium at approximately 12:35 p.m. CT. The team will enter the Switzer Center at Gate 12 on the southeast corner of the stadium.
11:22 a.m. | Pick 'Em: Baylor Week
Sooner Pick 'Em is back for another week and this one is strong. We give our guys three topics and a few choices for each, and we see what they come up with. Topics this week include:
Which team captain would make the best U.S. President?
Which OU defensive back would make the best receiver?
Which bear is your favorite?
10:58 a.m. | Live Photo Stream
The sun is doing its best to shine here at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. Follow our live Facebook photo gallery throughout the day as we continue to post photos from around the game:
8:19 a.m. | Sooners to Honor Military
With Veterans Day on Sunday, the University of Oklahoma will honor of the many contributions and sacrifices made by active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families throughout Saturday's football game against Baylor.
Oklahoma to Honor Military for OU-Baylor
During the National Anthem, the 93rd Fighter Squadron from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Miami, Fla., will conduct an F-16 flyover. Among the five-person crew are two 1995 graduates of the University of Oklahoma, Major Robin Lytle and Major Jeff Milburn:
8:01 a.m. | OU vs. Baylor
Oklahoma hosts the Baylor Bears at Owen Field on Saturday. The game kicks at 2:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Net. Follow our live gameday blog for the latest from Norman.