WACO, Texas — As an already thin crowd began thinning out in the third quarter, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin chucked a backward pass to track star and wideout Kendall Wright.
But cornerback Brian Jackson closed quick and slammed Wright to the turf for a 6-yard loss.
The Sooner defensive backfield delivered another strong performance Saturday as top-ranked Oklahoma hammered the Bears 49-17, setting the stage for next weekend's Red River showdown with No. 5-ranked Texas.
“Our coverage was outstanding,” coach Bob Stoops said. “We couldn't be more pleased.”
The Sooner defense held Griffin to just 75 yards on 11 of 26 passing, coming off a game at Connecticut in which he passed for 208 yards.
The Bears tried to throw long. They tried to throw short. They even tried to throw off a reverse.
But the Sooner coverage never cracked.
“Up to this point, they're playing pretty good,” secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright said of his unit. “We're happy with the way they're playing, we're happy with the way they played today.”
In the past, pass coverage has been the Achilles heel of this team.
In losses to Colorado, Texas Tech and West Virginia last year, OU surrendered a combined 816 yards and six touchdowns through the air.
Last season, OU finished with the No. 59th-ranked pass defense, allowing 228 yards a game.
But so far this year, the Sooners are giving up just 159 passing yards per outing.