Sooners host Baylor Saturday at Owen Field at 5:30 p.m.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- The timing of Oklahoma's bye
week gave the Sooners seven extra days to hear about
how badly they played in closer-than-expected win at
Iowa State, and enough time to fix it too.
After their first four conference games were all
decided in the fourth quarter, the No. 4 Sooners (8-1,
4-1 Big 12) returned to the form that had them blowing
out opponents early in the season.
"Just everything we did, I thought was real
solid," coach Bob Stoops said after Oklahoma's
42-14 rout of Texas A&M on Saturday night.
Sam Bradford was back on his game after a wind-affected
performance in a 17-7 win against the last-place Cyclones,
tying the school record with five touchdown passes
for the second time in nine career starts. The Sooners
also neutralized the Aggies' triple-option attack that
helped A&M become the ninth-best rushing offense
in the country.
But for a few pre-snap mistakes and some after-the-whistle
confrontations, the Sooners appeared to be back on
their game for a stretch drive toward the Big 12 title
"I don't have much to pick at," Stoops
said. "I was displeased with some of the penalties.
We got a few procedures, which we haven't been having
lately, and a couple of the personal fouls. All of
that Mickey Mouse stuff after the play I don't like.
Hopefully we can grow out of that a little bit and
be a little better than that."
After outscoring its nonconference opponents 246-47,
Oklahoma had been tied or trailed in the fourth quarter
of each of its first four conference games, earning
few style points among poll voters. Victory was never
in doubt against the Aggies, as Oklahoma took a 35-0
lead after three quarters and then bullied its way
down the field in an 8-minute drive to milk the clock.
"Before the game, that wasn't really something
that we were focused on. We just wanted to make sure
that we won. Everybody talks about the big picture,
the BCS picture and all that stuff, but if we don't
win the rest of our games then none of that really
matters," receiver Malcolm Kelly said.
"Winning pretty, it kind of helps. After the
game, you can kind of talk about it helped a little
bit as far as the BCS picture."
The Sooners expected to moved up to fifth place
in the BCS standings released Sunday.
"It's unfortunate that we've got that one loss
under our belts and we've put ourselves in a position
to wait around and wait, wait, wait," defensive
end Alonzo Dotson said. "It's fortunate that (the
upsets) did happen, so it puts us in a position where
we hopefully can still be in the hunt for the national
It will help if Oklahoma plays more like the team
that easily handled the Aggies instead of the one that
couldn't hold onto the ball against Iowa State.
"We're the same team," said tight end
Jermaine Gresham, who tied a school record with four
touchdown catches Saturday. "When we get our mind
together and come together and play, we can play with
the best of them."