University of Oklahoma defensive end Ronnell Lewis limped off the field in the second quarter of the Sooners' 45-38 loss to Baylor with what Sooner coach Bob Stoops said is an MCL knee sprain. Stoops said the early prognosis is that Lewis will not need surgery and could return in two or three weeks.
Lewis returned to the OU sideline in the second half, wearing street clothes.
Safety Javon Harris also left the game in the second half with an injury and did not return.
WILD MOMENTUM SWINGS
The third quarter was a period of wild momentum swings.
OU scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes, sandwiched around David King's 4th-and-1 stuff of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin at the Bear 32-yard line.
But Baylor regained momentum with Griffin's 87-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright, caught from a ricochet off the hands of teammate Tevin Reese. Then Baylor retook the lead on an 85-yard drive in which Griffin converted a 3rd-and-10 and a 4th-and-11.
UPTEMPO OFFENSE BOTHERS OU
Baylor's uptempo offense seemed to bother the Sooners. OU was penalized for illegal substitution on Baylor's first-quarter drive to a field goal. And Baylor's first touchdown came on Terrance Ganaway's 15-yard run, when it appeared OU's defense wasn't ready.
“At times it helped them,” said Stoops. “But I don't credit that when we have success as far as tempo goes. I always say it's execution.”
JACKSON STARTS FOR BROYLES
True freshman Kameel Jackson started at slot receiver in place of injured All-American Ryan Broyles. Jackson played most of the game and had two catches for 24 yards.
Stoops said the absence of Broyles wasn't OU's problem. “Penalties and turnovers really had us off balance,” he said. “I wouldn't put it on Ryan's presence or the receivers.”
GAME STARTS SLOPPY
Penalties wiped out first-drive touchdowns for both teams.
Baylor's Griffin threw a 79-yard TD pass to Wright on the game's second play, but it was negated by holding. Moments later, OU's Landry Jones threw a 29-yard TD pass to Jackson, but officials called Roy Finch for a chop block.
The game generally was sloppy. OU had nine penalties for a season-high 90 yards. Baylor had eight penalties for 55 yards.
EXPLOSIVE SECOND QUARTER
Baylor ran just nine plays in the second quarter, including a quarterback sneak to run out the clock at the end of the half. The Bears totaled 171 yards on those nine plays, including Griffin completions of 55 yards to Wright and 69 yards, for a touchdown, to Reese.
Harris drew the ire of coaches on both of the long pass plays.
SHOELESS ROY FINCH
Finch returned the second-half kickoff 31 yards after catching it on the goal line. Remarkably, Finch went the whole way with only one shoe. He lost a shoe as he started to run.
OU hosts Iowa State at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Cyclones are coming off the biggest win in school history, a 37-31 double-overtime upset of second-ranked Oklahoma State. Never before had ISU defeated a team ranked in the top six.
* Baylor has 18 touchdown drives of 60 seconds or less, including four Saturday night.
* OU's tailbacks ended up with productive nights. Finch (96 yards) and freshman Brandon Williams combined for 122 yards rushing, averaging 6.1 yards an attempt.