A back-and-forth game is cause for some up-and-down grades. For every positive against Baylor, there was a negative for OU. And ultimately there were more positives for the Bears.
Just a horrible night for the Sooner secondary. The Bears had receivers running wide open behind cornerbacks and safeties. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III didn't always connect with them, but when he did, OU paid a big price. Baylor had two touchdowns of 60-plus yards on a night that it rolled up 485 yards passing. And the last mistake by the OU secondary was the most costly — a 34-yard, game-winning touchdown pass from Griffin to Terrance Williams.
The efficiency is staggering. The Sooners used the power-run formation featuring back-up quarterback Blake Bell on six plays. The result? Five touchdowns and one fourth-down conversion. Late in the second quarter, Bell picked up a first down with a great second effort on fourth down. A few plays later, Bell scored a 3-yard touchdown. On the first possession of the second half, Trey Millard scored a 5-yard touchdown out of the Belldozer, then on the next drive, Bell scored on a 1-yard run. He scored again in the fourth quarter with runs of 4 and 6 yards. The formation worked so well that the Sooners were going to go for a two-point conversion and a possible win before a false-start penalty forced them to kick.
The Sooners committed nine penalties for 90 yards, and as bad as the volume of miscues was, the timing was even worse. On their first possession of the game, a chop block negated what would've been a 71-yard touchdown pass. On Baylor's possession that put OU in a two-touchdown hole late in the game, a facemask moved the Bears into the red zone. They scored the next play.
Landry Jones: C
The Sooner quarterback was 36 of 51 for 447 yards and one interception, not a terrible night, but he struggled all night to find a rhythm. No doubt playing for the first time without safety net Ryan Broyles was part of the equation, but Jones looked lost at some critical junctures of the game. And it was telling that when the Sooners got near the goal-line, they went almost exclusively with the Belldozer. Jones' streak of 24 straight games with a touchdown pass is over.
Sooner support: A
Give it up to OU fans — they came in droves to Waco. The crowd at Floyd Casey Stadium was about half crimson and cream, half gold and green. Sooner fans always show up in force at Baylor, but considering the Bears' improvement in recent years, you keep expecting the tide to turn. Hasn't happened yet.
First-Down Creativity: C
After Baylor tied the game 24-24, OU went with running plays on first down five consecutive times. The plays gained a combined seven yards and put the Sooners in long-yardage situations on second and third downs. Not a good way to start drives or sustain them.
Pass Catchers: B
The Sooners first game with Broyles was a struggle at times, but the OU pass catchers had a solid night. There was production from Jaz Reynolds (seven catches, 114 yards) and Kenny Stills (six catches, 75 yards), but James Hanna had 90 yards receiving and Dejuan Miller had a couple big catches late. There were a few drops, but not more than you could count on one hand.
Halftime fun: A
Hard to believe that the Sooners were having much fun in the locker room at halftime since they were trailing, but the Baylor and OU bands were having a blast. Members from both bunches busted a synchronized move to LMFAO's “Party Rock Anthem”.