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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

/articleid/3625130/1/pictures/1566524">Photo - Oklahoma's Kenny Stills (4) catches long pass and is run out of bounds by Baylor's Ahmad Dixon (6) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Baylor Bears (BU) at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Waco, Texas. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Kenny Stills (4) catches long pass and is run out of bounds by Baylor's Ahmad Dixon (6) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Baylor Bears (BU) at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Waco, Texas. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The winning play: Griffin ran around near the OU 40-yard line, buying time before he eventually heaved a pass toward one-on-one coverage. It was Sooners reserve safety Sam Proctor, in the game because of an ankle injury to Javon Harris, going against Baylor's Williams.

It appeared it would be, at best, a jump ball when the pass left Griffin's hand. But Williams suddenly got free, easily catching the ball for the touchdown.

Baylor's sideline and stadium went bananas.

“They made a few more big plays,” Stoops said. “That was the difference in the game.”

In addition to the game-winner, Baylor had touchdowns of 69 and 87 yards. Bears receiver Kendall Wright had eight catches for 208 yards, including the 87-yarder – a fluke play on a deflection by a teammate. The ball went 15 or 20 yards downfield after the deflection, hitting Wright almost in stride for the score.

OU led 24-17 at the time, in the third quarter, and the play sucked away all of its momentum to tie the game.

“That was one thing we weren't expecting,” Stoops said, “and then there it is.”

But it's not as if they were all aberrations against the OU defense, and especially the secondary. Harris, before he was injured, twice let Baylor receivers get past him.

Seemingly every other possession there was a guy in a green jersey running free, beyond the Sooners' secondary.

Hard as it is to believe, OU was actually fortunate. A 79-yard touchdown to Wright was called back on Baylor's first possession, because of a holding penalty.

Griffin overthrew one wide-open Bear. Williams also dropped what would have been a long touchdown reception, though he later made up for it.

“What was going on?” Stoops said. “They were beating us.”


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