WACO, Texas — Offense has carried Oklahoma so far.
Saturday, though, Cameron Clark came up with the game's biggest play on defense — tipping away a pass in the final seconds to give the No. 25 Sooners a 66-64 upset win over No. 12 Baylor at the Ferrell Center.
“We got a deflection and that kind of used up some time,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Seconds are precious at that point and the deflection used up enough time for the horn to go off before they got control of it.”
The win was Oklahoma's first road victory over a team ranked No. 12 or higher in more than 20 years. The Sooners beat No. 6 Kansas on Feb. 17, 1993.
The Bears, starting with 9.1 seconds left, were trying to spring 7-footer Isaiah Austin free for either a game-tying two or a game-winning 3-pointer but Austin never touched the ball.
Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins had Kenny Cherry locked down and swung it to Royce O'Neale. O'Neale tried to force the ball to Austin, and Clark tipped the ball into the air. O'Neale got the ball back but couldn't get a shot off until after the buzzer.
It was an agonizing last minute for both sides after Clark's free throw put the Sooners up six with a minute left.
The final minute included a pair of Austin 3-pointers (his first of the season), five timeouts, a long review of an Oklahoma turnover and lasted approximately 23 minutes.
But the Sooners got out with the win despite missing three free throws in the final 18 seconds.
“We've been close the last two or three games that we let go,” Ryan Spangler said. “Today we finally finished it and I think that taught us something.”