Still, Baylor used its successful run game to disguise play-action passes — several of which allowed Baylor receivers to get behind Oklahoma’s secondary; few of those passes were completed, though.
Some of those missed opportunities were because Florence overshot his targets; others were due to drops.
Early in the fourth quarter, after Blake Bell rushed for a 55-yard touchdown to put OU up 42-26, Baylor drove back into Sooners’ territory.
On first-and-10 at OU’s 33-yard line, Baylor receiver Tevin Reese sprinted past the secondary and into the Sooners’ end zone, but Florence’s spot-on pass fell through Reese’s arms.
A touchdown on that drive — which ended with a failed fourth-down attempt — could’ve made things awfully interesting with Oklahoma’s eventual one-possession margin of victory.
“I thought our coverage was good most of the night,” Mike Stoops said. “We contested a lot of the throws.
“They got behind us a couple times off the play-action passes when they’re running the ball ... That’s gonna happen when you play this team. There is a dilemma you’re in pretty constantly throughout a 60-minute game.”
The Oklahoma defense also forced no turnovers, continuing a disturbing trend; over its past three games, Oklahoma has just one takeaway — a late interception last week at IowaState.
“We gave up too many rushing yards; we didn’t get any turnovers,” said senior defensive lineman David King. “We didn’t get any batted balls from the defensive line standpoint. It’s hard to win a game when you don’t have any turnovers and you go 80-90 plays.
“You don’t get one turnover to try to help the offense. It was frustrating, but a win is a win.”
At the end of his postgame news conference, Bob Stoops was asked to confirm his early sentiment — that he was OK with allowing Baylor some success in the run game if it meant limiting its air attack.
“Absolutely. I love it. I absolutely love it,” he replied. “With 1:40 left to go in the game, we’re up 16 against a team that’s lit up the scoreboard on everybody. That’s exactly what I’m saying. ... You guys rip me tomorrow. ‘Oh, they’re gonna run the ball. Everyone else now is gonna run it.’