NORMAN — Two weeks after suffering an ankle injury late in the loss to Notre Dame, Oklahoma running back Damien Williams showed little effects against Baylor.
Williams ran for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns and returned to the starting lineup in the Sooners' 42-34 win over the Bears on Saturday.
With the roaring winds in Norman, it was important for the Sooners to be successful on the ground.
The Sooners scored four of their six touchdowns on the ground and ran for 183 yards total.
While OU coach Bob Stoops praised the offensive balance afterward, Williams' fumble on the Sooners' first offensive play of the second half drew his ire.
“Maybe the one disappointment is probably the fumble,” Stoops said. “You've got momentum, you've got great field position, you've got a chance to really separate a little bit and we give them, on the first play, we give them the ball right back.”
Baylor didn't score on the ensuing drive but scored a few minutes later after another Sooners turnover, this time an interception.
STOOPS PASSES WILKINSON
The win was No. 146 for Stoops, putting him past legendary Bud Wilkinson for second in school history, behind only Barry Switzer.
“What coach Wilkinson did is absolutely amazing,” Stoops said. “The win streak is just really incredible. I don't believe it will ever be touched again. The national championships, the sustained success for so long.
“I don't look at numbers. It's not me. I'm a long way from sitting in a rocking chair and reflecting on it.”
Stoops figures to get a chance to catch Switzer next season. Switzer won 157 games during his time as head coach.
CLAY STAYS STRONG
A week after running for a career-best 157 yards against Iowa State, Brennan Clay didn't get close to matching that performance.
Still, though, Clay came up with some crucial plays both offensively and on special teams.
He scored twice in the first quarter, once on a run and the other on his first touchdown reception of his career.
His biggest play, though, might've come on special teams late in the first half.
With just 32 seconds to go in the half, Baylor scored to pull within four, 21-17.
But Clay took the kick 36 yards to give the Sooners the ball at the Bears 45 and getting the Sooners thinking about scoring instead of just running out the clock.
Two plays later, Landry Jones hit Justin Brown for a 35-yard touchdown pass to send the Sooners into the locker room up 28-17.
“I'm thankful for the opportunity,” Clay said. “The Lord's blessed me so much with this talent and I'm thankful I'm able to take advantage of it.”
GRISSOM SEES SIGNIFICANT TIME
After shuffling from defensive end to tight end and back to defensive end, Geneo Grissom saw significant time on defense as the Sooners rotated through a deep group of defensive linemen throughout.
“We just wanted to stay fresh out there,” defensive end David King said. “We knew they liked the hurry-up tempo, so we wanted to keep guys' legs fresh. Everytime we had an opportunity to substitute, coaches did it. We had some substitution issues there, but they didn't hurt us much.”
Jordan Phillips also saw plenty of time on the defensive front.
Grissom worked out with the receivers in pre-game warmups.
HEUPEL THANKS FOOD DRIVE DONORS
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel opened his postgame remarks Saturday by thanking those who donated to his 14 Foundation's annual holiday food drive.
“We really appreciate the energy and support of everybody,” Heupel said.
Fans were able to make cash donations at stadium gates before Saturday's win over Baylor.
The food drive began in 1999, when Heupel was a first-year Sooner quarterback. It has expanded over the past several years, aided by the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Since the drive's inception, it has helped provide needy families with more than 130,000 meals. This year, it is anticipated that 30,000 meals will be provided in at least 10 communities around the state.
The Sooners held Baylor to a season-low 424 yards of total offense. ... Midway through the second quarter, OU was penalized for having 12 players on the field. On the next play, the Sooners only had 10 players out there as Baylor converted on third down. ... Tony Jefferson had his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season with 11. ... Javon Harris had a career-high 14 tackles to lead the Sooners. ... Kenny Stills moved into fourth place in Sooners history with 2,317 career receiving yards.