Coverage: FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM ET, November 7, 2013
Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, TX
WACO, Texas -- Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was able to smile even after talking about what an ugly game it was for the Bears' offense.
Maybe now people will start to believe the Bears (No. 6 BCS, No. 5 AP) are really good.
They're still undefeated after a 41-12 victory over Oklahoma (No. 10 BCS, No. 12 AP) on Thursday night in their first big test of the season.
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"We're just talented, man. We're committed. I think that's all you can say about it," Petty said. "It's a very special team."
Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) scored twice in the final minute before halftime and stretched its school-record winning streak to 12 games since a loss at Oklahoma last November. The Bears are 8-0 for the first time.
Even though Baylor came in leading the nation in scoring (64 points per game) and total offense (718 yards per game) -- and was outscoring opponents by an average margin of 48 points -- many questioned how good the Bears were after getting into November without playing a ranked opponent.
They have now, and they responded with an impressive victory against a team that used to routinely overwhelm them. And they did it without scoring a touchdown in the first quarter for the first time during their winning streak.
"We didn't really feel like us the first quarter and a half of the game, but that has a lot to do with who you're playing," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "We were playing a team with good tradition, and tradition doesn't die easily."
Petty threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, and third-string running back Shock Linwood ran for 182 yards.
Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2) has a 21-2 lead in the series, but both losses have come in its last two trips to Floyd Casey Stadium for prime-time games.
"Everyone talks about their offense, which is really good," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "But I knew that their defense is really good with all the seniors that they have."
Running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin got banged up in the game, so Linwood ran 23 times. The Bears also were missing top receiver Tevin Reese, who was without a catch before dislocating his right wrist. He spent the second half on the sideline with his arm in a sling, and Briles said afterward he hopes Reese could be back for a bowl game.
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"To come out with the win even though it was ugly was good for us," Petty said.
Baylor trailed 5-3 after a strange sequence that started at the end of the first quarter when the Bears were penalized 38 yards on one play, and had a player's ejection overturned before he made a touchdown-saving play.
After Petty scored on a 1-yard keeper with a minute to go in the first half, Oklahoma gave the ball right back when Blake Bell threw an interception right into the arms of linebacker Eddie Lackey at the Sooners 38.
Petty ran 14 yards on third-and-10 before a double-pump throw to Antwan Goodley, whose Big 12-leading ninth TD catch was a spectacular grab with both arms fully extended. He held on for a 24-yard play that put the Bears up 24-5 at halftime.
"I don't want to say we got tired, but you could tell that stuff was taking a toll on us because we kept going back out there. It showed in our play when we went back out there on the field," Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon said. "It was real frustrating, but we're a team so we've got to put that behind us."
Goodley made it 10 touchdown receptions he had a 25-yard catch with 9 minutes left in the game. He finished with six catches for 80 yards.
Petty completed 13 of 26 passes for a season-low 204 yards. He ran 16 times for 45 yards.
Bell finished 15-of-35 passing for 150 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Oklahoma had 237 total yards.
The Bears are 5-0 at home against Top 25 teams since the start of the 2011 season. That includes a 45-38 win over the Sooners two years ago in a game that likely clinched the Heisman Trophy for Robert Griffin III, and 52-24 last November over Kansas State, which arrived in Waco as the No. 1 team in the BCS standings.
Baylor got penalized 38 yards on one play late in the first quarter, including a targeting penalty and two flags for unsportsmanlike conduct, setting up Oklahoma at the 7.
The Sooners failed to score when Bell was tackled for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1 by cornerback K.J. Morton, who had been called for targeting only a few plays earlier.
Morton was flagged after a vicious hit on Sterling Shepard that knocked the ball loose and laid out the receiver. Officials reviewed the play and determined it was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit, overturning Morton's ejection and keeping him in the game. But the penalty still stood, and there was extra yardage tacked on for the calls against cornerback Ahmad Dixon for unnecessary roughness and then taking his helmet off while on the field.
"I was amped up at the beginning of the game," Dixon said.
Two plays after Bell was stopped on fourth down, Petty was sacked in the end zone by Dominique Alexander for a safety. Jalen Saunders then returned the free kick 55 yards to the Baylor 12, though the Sooners had to settle for Michael Hunnicutt's 22-yard field goal.
Baylor went ahead to stay wen Petty ran 5 yards for a score to make it 10-5, a drive that started with Linwood gaining 20 yards on his first carry.
Oklahoma finally got in the end zone when Bell threw a 10-yard TD pass to Roy Finch on a fourth-and-3 play with 3:20 left in the third quarter.
"Defensively, I thought we were extremely potent all through the game," Briles said.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... QB Bryce Petty threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Levi Norwood to give Baylor a 31-5 lead with 8:14 left in the third quarter.
Gameball goes to... Shock Linwood. The back was ready for his chance when Glasco Martin and then Lache Seastrunk went down, rushing for 182 yards on 23 carries.
Stat of the game... 87. Baylor allowed Oklahoma just 87 yards on 34 attempts, with no running back gaining more than 36 yards on the night.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-17||5-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||2-3|
|FG||07:09||Aaron Jones 29 Yd||0||3|
|SF||13:22||Bryce Petty Tackled By Dominique Alexander In End Zone||2||3|
|FG||12:09||Michael Hunnicutt 22 Yd||5||3|
|TD||07:02||Bryce Petty 5 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick)||5||10|
|TD||01:00||Bryce Petty 1 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick)||5||17|
|TD||00:13||Antwan Goodley 24 Yd Pass From Bryce Petty (Aaron Jones Kick)||5||24|
|TD||08:14||Levi Norwood 17 Yd Pass From Bryce Petty (Aaron Jones Kick)||5||31|
|TD||03:20||Roy Finch 10 Yd Pass From Blake Bell (Michael Hunnicutt Kick)||12||31|
|FG||01:17||Aaron Jones 40 Yd||12||34|
|TD||09:03||Antwan Goodley 25 Yd Pass From Bryce Petty (Aaron Jones Kick)||12||41|
Blake Bell struggled Thursday on throws off play-action, which had been a strength entering the game. Bell completed 22% of his play-action pass attempts against Baylor, after completing 71% of such passes entering the game.[+]
Blake Bell Play Action Passing
Third string running back Shock Linwood rushed for 182 yards Thursday, with 97 coming after contact. Entering Thursday, he amassed 443 rush yards at 8.1 yards per rush with 38.7 yards after contact per game.[+]
Shock Linwood Rushing
Bryce Petty set a career-high Thursday in both rushing yards (45) and attempts (16). In his previous seven games this season, Petty had never recorded double-digit rushing attempts, and averaged 9.1 rushing yards per game.
Baylor enters tonight's matchup with Oklahoma on a record pace... The Bears are on track to set FBS records in points per game, yards per game, yards per play, and offensive touchdowns. Baylor is also on pace to become the 1st school in FBS history to average at least 300 Rush YPG and 300 Pass YPG in a single season. Only 2 schools have ever averaged at least 300 Rush YPG and 200 Pass YPG in a season (1968 Houston & 1973 Arizona St).[+]
Baylor This Season
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