Baylor stuns No. 5 Oklahoma, 45-38

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Modified: November 20, 2011 at 10:51 am •  Published: November 19, 2011

WACO, Texas — Oklahoma has a big-play defense. No doubting that, now 10 games into the 2011 season.

The thing is, sometimes the Sooners are making the big plays — and sometimes they're allowing them.

It was the latter here Saturday night in a wacky 45-38 Baylor upset victory at Floyd Casey Stadium that ended in — what else? — a big play for the Bears.

Terrance Williams caught a 34-yard touchdown with eight seconds to go on a scramble play, kept alive by Baylor's do-everything quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

“They worked us pretty good,” Sooners defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright said. “They big-played us all night long, I guess — long passes and what have you.

“The key guy was Robert Griffin. He made the plays.”

Baylor (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) was previously 0-20 all time against the Sooners (8-2, 5-2). The win was among the program's very best, ever. For OU, it sets ablaze its modest national title hopes. The focus now becomes the Big 12 title, with Iowa State and Bedlam remaining.

Oklahoma State's ability to throw should be a clear-cut concern for the Sooners, considering their two losses so far this season have been to the two of the most pass-happy teams on the schedule.

OU allowed 931 passing yards in the defeats, here Saturday and Oct. 22 against Texas Tech.

Griffin, who used the Oklahoma defense as a catapult back into the Heisman Trophy race, accounted for 551 total yards. That included a career-high 479 passing yards. He threw for four touchdowns and did not have a turnover.

“He's an excellent player,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “I've known that for a long time.”

Stoops presumed the Bears would run out the clock after OU tied the game with 51 seconds to go. A Terrance Ganaway run seemed to indicate as much. Then it's as if BU coach Art Briles remembered he had the game's ultimate trump card, Griffin.

The junior from Copperas Cove, Texas, ran for gains of 22 and 8 into OU territory. Forget a field goal into the wind; the Bears set themselves up to get into the end zone one last time.


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