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Oklahoma football: Despite the loss of Robert Griffin III, the Baylor Bears remain potent on offense

Wide receiver Terrance Williams has 10 touchdowns this season; Nick Florence has thrown 25 TD passes, averages 377.4 yards per game
by Jason Kersey Published: November 4, 2012

On what would be its last offensive drive Saturday, Iowa State moved the ball into OU territory, appearing on its way to a one-possession game before Tony Jefferson's interception with about three minutes left sealed the OU win.

“Overall, I think we played pretty well,” Harris said of Saturday's win in Ames. “We kept them out of the end zone a lot. Everything's not gonna be perfect.”

Baylor is 4-4, winning its first Big 12 game Saturday against hapless Kansas, but the Bears' woes this season haven't been offensive.

The Baylor defense played so poorly in its Sept. 29 loss at West Virginia, that Williams' 314 yards receiving, Florence's 5 touchdown passes — and the Bear offense's 63 points — weren't enough to escape Morgantown victorious.

Baylor's defense has surrendered an average of 39.1 points and 527.2 yards through its eight games.

But it isn't like Griffin's defensive counterparts were a ton better last season. They certainly weren't on Nov. 19, 2011, when an Oklahoma offense without its starting running back, Dominique Whaley, and best receiver, Ryan Broyles, racked up 29 first downs and 605 total yards in the losing effort.

OU even rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter and tied the game before Griffin's last-minute heroics.

Mike Stoops' 2012 defensive backfield held one prolific passing offense that shredded OU last year — Texas Tech — at bay Oct. 6 in Lubbock.

Similar effectiveness will be required next Saturday, or another shoot-out with Baylor might ensue.

And, as was proved in last year's offensive free-for-all, shoot-outs usually come down to little more than which team possesses the ball last.