WACO, Texas â€” DeMarco Murray had another all-around big game, Ryan Broyles became the first Oklahoma receiver with more than 100 catches in a season and the 16th-ranked Sooners stayed in contention for another Big 12 title with their latest victory over Baylor.
Murray turned a short pass into a long touchdown and ran for another score in the opening minutes, getting the Sooners off to a fast start in a 53-24 victory over Baylor on Saturday night.
Oklahoma (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) has won all 20 games in its series against the Bears (7-5, 4-4), who wrapped up their first winning regular season since 1995, the season before the Big 12 began, despite losing all three of their November games â€” all to ranked teams.
The Sooners, who have won six of the last 10 Big 12 titles, play their regular season finale next Saturday at 12th-ranked Oklahoma State. The Bedlam rivalry could determine who will represent South Division in the league's last scheduled championship game, or set up a three-way tie.
If Oklahoma State wins, the Cowboys win the South title. But if Oklahoma wins and Texas A&M beats Texas, the three-way tie will be settled by which team is higher in the BCS standings. Right now, Oklahoma State is 10th, Oklahoma 14th and Texas A&M 19th.
Landry Jones completed 26 of 39 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns while playing only the first three quarters.
Broyles, already Oklahoma's career leader in receptions and touchdowns, had 12 catches to push his season total to 106. He had 113 yards receiving, including a 5-yard TD.
A week after taking over the No. 2 spot on the Big 12 career list for all-purpose yards, Murray had 13 carries for 62 yards and caught six passes for 120 yards.
While Texas A&M edged North Division-leading Nebraska 9-6 about 90 miles down the Brazos River in College Station, Oklahoma had another lopsided victory over Baylor even after Jones threw an interception on the opening series and the Bears took some early chances.
The Sooners had won the previous 14 Big 12 games against Baylor by an average margin of 25 points.
Facing fourth down at midfield on its first drive, Baylor ran a fake punt that likely would have picked up the first down but were penalized for a false start and punted the ball away.
On the second play after that, Jones threw a pass to Murray, who caught the ball coming out of the backfield, turned up the left sideline and raced 76 yards untouched for a 7-0 lead.
Baylor was stopped on fourth-and-1 from its own 33 on the next drive when linebacker Austin Box hit running back Jay Finley (17 carries for 82 yards) in the backfield. That set up a 13-yard TD run by Murray, who wasn't touched by a defender until he shoved cornerback Tyler Stephenson out of his way when crossing the goal line.
The Sooners made it 21-0 before the end of the first quarter after Krys Buerck botched a punt return they recovered at the Baylor 8. Roy Finch scored on the next play when, after tumbling forward and being almost parallel to the ground, put his hand down and stayed on his feet before scampering into the end zone.
Jimmy Stevens kicked three field goals for Oklahoma and Ronnell Lewis returned an interception 12 yards for a score in the opening minute after halftime.
After Jones threw a 49-yard TD pass to Kenny Stills midway through the third quarter, the Sooners made it 50-10 when Ahmad Dixon bobbled the ensuring kickoff and was stripped when he ran it out of the end zone. The Bears swatted it out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin threw for a season-low 124 yards on 20 of 33 passing, and ran 12 times for 83 yards.
Jarred Salubi ran for two TDs in the fourth quarter for Baylor, which will have to wait two more weeks before likely getting their first bowl bid since 1994. That would snap a 15-season bowl drought that matches the longest for a team from a BCS conference.