Oklahoma 33, Baylor 7
So much for a bum shoulder.
Sam Bradford erased all anxiety that his throwing shoulder would be a lingering problem this year with a remarkable comeback game, leading OU to a 33-7 victory over Baylor.
Bradford completed 27 of 49 for 389 and 1 TD in a performance that was better than his numbers.
Said Bradford. “It’s extremely gratifying just to get back out on the field. Just to be out there with the guys that I have put in so much work with in the offseason and just the simple things like handoffs. Everything out there, it’s just exciting to be back.”
With Bradford back, the offense had a better than it did with Landry Jones, which is nothing against Jones, who played admirably in place of Bradford over the last few weeks.
But there’s a big difference between a good college QB and a No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. That difference was evident Saturday. Most of Bradford’s throws were on the money, and that’s following a 5-week layoff. Imagine how precise he’ll be when he’s not rusty.
I believe Bradford’s NFL Draft stock will be higher than ever if he continues to play the way he did Saturday.
Other postgame notes and observations:
* The wide receivers had their ups and downs. They made many plays. Brandon Caleb had a terrific reverse-of-the-field, 49-yard reception. Dejuan Miller, with his first major playing time, had a couple of big plays.
But 10 drops is way too many. And that will get OU beat next week against Texas.
* True freshman Jaz Reynolds showed that he has the upside as a playmaker, but of all the receivers, he looked most out of sync with Bradford and couldn’t come through with a couple receptions that hit his hands.
* Cameron Kenney, after making a couple nice grabs early on, was benched for 2 quarters after a couple a drops. But the Sooners will need him, and need him to play well, against Texas.
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