WACO, Texas — Bob Stoops made two major decisions in the final minute of what became one of the wildest football games in Oklahoma Sooner history.
The first decision never got a chance to work. The second decision failed.
Baylor stunned the fifth-ranked Sooners 45-38 on Robert Griffin's 34-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with eight seconds left in the game.
Griffin had the chance to do so because Stoops tried to win the game in regulation.
After OU tied the game 38-38 with 51 seconds left, Baylor took over on its 20-yard line and, content to run out the clock, ran tailback Terrance Ganaway up the middle on first down.
Stoops called timeout.
“You got the wind, we had stopped them (two straight series), I think we were 3-of-13 on stopping them on third down,” Stoops said.
“I thought he would run it one more time, make us burn another timeout.
“They punt into the wind, we have the opportunity to get the ball back with one timeout, have a chance for a field goal.”
Instead, Griffin scrambled twice in a row, for 22 and eight yards. One play after that, Griffin delivered the game-winner.
After Stoops' timeout, “we say, OK, we better make a first down,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “Get this thing out of here. At least attempt to get the ball downfield.
“Fortunately, Robert got to midfield and out of bounds. Then the whole thing flips.”
Moments earlier, Stoops had played to win the game. After Blake Bell's six-yard touchdown run brought OU within 38-37, Stoops ordered a two-point conversion, again with Bell running out of the shotgun formation with two lead backfield blockers.
But after a Baylor timeout, guard Adam Shead was called for a false start, pushing the ball back to the eight-yard line. So Stoops settled for the tie.
“I felt confident in that they hadn't stopped us,” Stoops said. “During the drive, processing what we should do, I had so much confidence that we would get it. There was no hesitation.”
For good reason. Bell was on the field for five plays. On the first, he converted a fourth down. On the final four, OU scored touchdowns, one by Trey Millard and three by Bell.
“We'd been getting pretty good movement with that stuff for Blake,” said quarterback Landry Jones. “It was a good call. I thought we were going to push it in.”