WACO, Texas — Oklahoma dropped to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 Conference play after Thursday’s 41-12 blowout loss at Baylor.
Here’s a look at our coverage for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, followed by a few quick thoughts:
* My game story: Bryce Petty, Baylor’s offense wore the OU defense down in Thursday’s 41-12 rout
* Berry Tramel’s column: Time for Bob Stoops to take stock, especially of his offense
* From Ryan Aber: Bob Stoops says offensive woes aren’t Blake Bell’s fault
* Our OU notebook, with items on Sterling Shepard, Trey Millard, Charles Tapper and Frank Shannon
* Q&A with OU captain Gabe Ikard
* What they’re saying about Thursday’s game
* OU-Baylor by the numbers
* Berry Tramel’s OU report card
Other random thoughts, notes and observations:
* Offensive starters: QB Blake Bell; HB Brennan Clay; FB Aaron Ripkowski; WR Jalen Saunders; WR Trey Franks; WR Sterling Shepard; OT Tyrus Thompson; OG Bronson Irwin; C Gabe Ikard; OG Adam Shead; OT Daryl Williams.
* Defensive starters: DE Chuka Ndulue; DT Jordan Wade; DE Charles Tapper; LB Eric Striker; LB Frank Shannon; LB Dominique Alexander; CB Aaron Colvin; FS Gabe Lynn; SS Quentin Hayes; NB Julian Wilson; CB Zack Zanchez.
* By the end of this game, Oklahoma looked like a team in complete meltdown mode. The offense couldn’t do anything; the defense really played admirably but got zero help; several important Sooners — Sterling Shepard, Aaron Colvin, Jordan Evans, Keith Ford and Julian Wilson — all left the game injured; and Charles Tapper threw a punch at a Baylor player in the fourth quarter that got him ejected and likely suspended next week.
* Speaking of Tapper, he tweeted about his ejection:
I'm a man so I'm going to make mistakes! But I'm also going to live with my mistakes.They are only going to make a better person and player
— Charles Tapper (@Takeflightchuck) November 8, 2013
* It feels strange to write that about a team that is 7-2, but maybe that’s just how bad the Big 12 Conference is this season.
* Speaking of Big 12, OU’s Big 12 title contention ended Thursday. Yes, there could be a scenario where several teams finish 6-2 and “share” the title, but after Thursday, no one in Soonerland should feel right hanging a banner or accepting a trophy if it comes to that.
* I never got a really good look at the hit on Sterling Shepard that knocked him out of the game, so it’s hard for me to say whether it was a good targeting call or not. Officials overturned the ejection on review.
* The playcalling and offensive game plan were suspect at best and atrocious at worst. But in fairness to Josh Heupel, though, I’m not sure he’s got a whole lot to work with — at least consistently.
* Oklahoma’s defense played well enough to win this game. If those guys had gotten more time to rest in the second quarter and OU had managed to score more than five points by halftime, OU could’ve hung around, even after Bryce Petty and the Bears’ offense got going.
* I wrote this in my halftime blog and in my game story, but it’s worth repeating again because it’s so staggering: In the first half, Oklahoma ran seven plays inside the Baylor 12-yard line, and got three points out of them.
* I literally have no idea what to think about Blake Bell as a quarterback. But after Thursday’s debacle, I have serious doubts that he can effectively manage this offense the rest of this season and next year.
* I conducted an informal Twitter poll during the fourth quarter, asking fans who they’d like to see start at quarterback next week against Iowa State. The four options I gave were Bell, Trevor Knight, Kendal Thompson and Cody Thomas, but I allowed write-ins.
* There were 57 responses, and here are the final results:
1. Kendal Thompson (17 votes)
2. Lacoltan Bester (9)
3. Cody Thomas (7)
4. Trevor Knight (6)
5. Brent Rawls (3)
6. Josh Heupel (2)
7. 13-way tie between Blake Bell, Sam Bradford, Clint Chelf, Patrick Fletcher, Justin Fuente, Michael Hunnicutt, Nate Hybl, Landry Jones, Jason Kersey (I’m flattered), Keith Nichol, Paul Thompson, “The equipment guy,” and “When does basketball start.”
* Apparently former OU quarterback Charles Thompson, Kendal’s dad, called into a sports talk radio show after the game to make the case that his son should be starting. I can’t imagine Stoops and Heupel are going to be happy about that.
* Baylor’s crowd was fantastic Thursday night. One of the better atmospheres I’ve seen in these past two seasons that I’ve been on the OU beat, if not the best.
* OU’s defense was called for 13 penalties, resulting in 97 free yards for Baylor. Several of those penalties were offsides because OU defenders were lined up in the neutral zone. In the ninth game of the year, that’s just flat-out unacceptable.
* Bob Stoops remains one win behind Barry Switzer’s program record 157 victories.
* That’s all for tonight. We’ll have plenty more on the Sooners’ loss and the season moving forward all weekend in The Oklahoman and on NewsOK.com.
PEEKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT GAME
Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) vs. Iowa State (1-7, 0-5 Big 12*)
When: Saturday, Nov. 16; Time TBA
Where: Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, The Franchise-107.7 FM
* — Iowa State hosts TCU on Saturday at 11 a.m.