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OU football: Baylor will present quite the challenge for OU defense

Games like next Thursday's in Waco, Texas — against a team that leads in the country in total offense by more than 80 yards — are the reason why the Sooners' defense underwent a makeover in the offseason.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 30, 2013

The only team that has come close to slowing Baylor down — Kansas State — still gave up 35 points. The Bears have scored 59 or more points in every other game, scoring at least 70 four times.

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said earlier this week that the secret to the Wildcats success — relatively at least — was the play of the front seven defensively.

While the Sooners have been solid up front overall, they've also lost linebacker Corey Nelson and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips to season-ending injuries over the past few weeks. And another linebacker, Frank Shannon, left last week's game early with an injury.

Baylor rushed for just 114 yards in the win over Kansas State.

Only one other team has held the Bears to less than 290 yards rushing — FCS Wofford in a 69-3 Baylor win to start the season.

“They've got a lot of speed,” Lynn said. “They've got a lot of playmakers.

“But we can't let that intimidate us.”

Easier said than done.

Stoops said that there wasn't any grand trick to slowing down the Bears.

“A lot of times, it isn't real complicated,” Stoops said. “It's being able to match up and run with them and cover them and eliminate so many big plays.”

Seastrunk said before the season that he expected to at least get “very close” to winning the Heisman Trophy.

He's lived up to that and might be an even bigger contender if it weren't for the out-of-this-world numbers turned in by teammate Bryce Petty. The Bears' quarterback, Petty has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes, throwing for 18 touchdowns and just one interception.

“They spread you out to run it, and then they're gonna play-action pass and find space to throw it,” Stoops said. “He's (Petty) doing it as well as anybody they've had.”

The Bears have scored 25 offensive touchdowns from 25 yards out or more, including 15 that were more than 50 yards. Oklahoma's offense has scored 26 touchdowns all season from any distance.

“You want to play against great teams like Baylor,” Lynn said. “Baylor has a lot of national attention now, with all those points they're putting up and all the playmakers they have, so it would look great for us to come out and really stop all that, so that's our goal.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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