Jones, No. 14 Sooners hold off Baylor 42-34

Associated Press Modified: November 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm •  Published: November 10, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Bob Stoops passed Bud Wilkinson on Oklahoma's career victory list with a defensive game plan that went against his conventional wisdom.

The defensive-minded head coach who has always focused on stopping the run first got win No. 146 with an emphasis on grounding the nation's top passing attack.

"I love it," Stoops said after his 14th-ranked Sooners beat Baylor 42-34 on Saturday. "I absolutely love it."

Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and Oklahoma limited Baylor to a season-low 172 yards passing in the victory. Stoops moved into sole possession of second place on the school's wins list by passing Wilkinson, who was 145-29-4 and won three national championships with the Sooners.

"What he did here is absolutely amazing. The (NCAA record 47-game) win streak is really just incredible. I don't believe it'll ever be touched again, and the national championships, the sustained success for so long," Stoops said.

"I don't look at numbers, to be honest with you. It's just not me. I'm a long way from sitting in a rocking chair and reflecting on it."

At 146-36, Stoops trails only Barry Switzer's 157-29-4 record that's the best in Oklahoma history. Switzer also won three national titles. Stoops has won one and is just trying to keep the Sooners in contention for a BCS at-large bid or longshot Big 12 title this season.

Lache Seastrunk ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns for Baylor (4-5, 1-5 Big 12), the last score getting the Bears within eight with 1:26 to play after quarterback Nick Florence got in on the 2-point conversion.

LaColtan Bester recovered the ensuing onside kick, sealing the win for Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1).

"I thought our guys played valiantly. We played with a lot of effort, a lot of heart and a lot of confidence," Bears coach Art Briles said. "We thought we were going to come in here and win the football game, just like every game we play. Against a team like that you can't afford to give them anything."

The Sooners never fully shook free of the Bears, who had lost four in a row prior to last week's win against last-place Kansas.

Blake Bell provided some breathing room with his 55-yard touchdown run out of the "Belldozer" short-yardage package — the longest for an Oklahoma quarterback since Patrick Fletcher in 1998 — that made it 42-26 with 14:14 remaining.

"That gave them a bunch of momentum and they didn't need momentum," Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager said. "We were playing well up to that point. We should have been in perfect position for that play, but we got out-leveraged."

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