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OU coach Bob Stoops prepping for Baylor, quarterback Robert Griffin

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: November 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm •  Published: November 15, 2010

Oklahoma's defense has struggled at times on the road this season. The Sooners face another big challenge Saturday night in Waco.

Baylor is led by quarterback Robert Griffin, considered by some as a Heisman Trophy candidate a few weeks ago before the Bears lost back-to-back games.

"He's an excellent athlete with great speed," OU coach Bob Stoops said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. "He does a nice job making people miss. He's throwing the football well. He's a strong quarterback with a lot of talent."

Fourth in the nation in total offense, Griffin has thrown for 3,216 yards and 20 touchdowns with only six interceptions. A former sprint standout, Griffin also has rushed for 508 yards.

The challenge is trying to apply pressure and keep Griffin in the pocket to prevent him from breaking a long run or two.

"That's a big factor, staying in front of him," Stoops said. "You have to be very aware of your rush lanes and not take too wide of angles from your inside rushers of trying to squeeze the pocket and keep him in front of you."

Baylor's offense, ranked eighth nationally, averages 489.2 yards a game. The Bears are balanced. Tailback Jay Finley has rushed for 1,073 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards a carry.

"He's an excellent player," Stoops said. "He's also a dangerous guy with the football. They've got a lot of good skill players. He's another guy that can really hurt you."

And it's a road game.

That's been a hot topic the past month considering how the Sooners have played away from Owen Field.

OU outscored three conference opponents 140-17 at home but surrendered 69 points in two conference road losses, including giving up a kickoff return for a touchdown in both games.

Tramel: OU's road woes don't extend to Waco

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