Forgive Sooners coach Bob Stoops if the penalties all started to run together. Oklahoma was penalized 13 times for 97 yards against Baylor.
That was the most flags against the Sooners since they were penalized 13 times for 113 yards against Cincinnati in 2010.
“Defensively, we have a stop on third down and have them backed up, then we line up offsides,” Stoops said. “We had two of those that led to scores, where we have a stop on third down and we line up offsides and give them another shot at it, and it gives them two touchdowns.”
The Sooners were flagged for a pair of third-down penalties but only one led to a score.
The first was on the first drive, when Charles Tapper was called for offsides on a third-and-8 play that resulted in an incompletion.
After picking up the first down on the next play, the Bears wound up punting.
Late in the second quarter, Eric Striker was called for an offsides on a third-and-9 incompletion and Baylor once again converted.
Baylor went on to score a touchdown on the play.
“In my mind, lining up offsides is a player's responsibility,” Stoops said. “That isn't something you ought to have to coach. You line up on the right side of the football, not on the football.”
KNIGHT: BELL WILL BOUNCE BACK
In Thursday's loss to Baylor, Trevor Knight saw his first action since the win at Notre Dame in late September.
After the game, Knight said he was confident starting quarterback Blake Bell would bounce back after a tough performance.
“He handles everything so well,” Knight said. “Even when I was named the guy at the beginning of the year, he handled it so well. He kept fighting every day.
“I'm going to continue to be right there by his side the whole rest of this season. He's doing a great job. He'll bounce back from this.”
MORTON'S TACKLE SET STAGE
Early in the second quarter of Thursday's game, trailing 3-0, the Sooners elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
After Bell was stopped for a 1-yard gain, Oklahoma tried to hurry things up but the result was K.J. Morton, who had a targeting ejection overturned earlier in the drive, coming up from his safety spot to make the play.
“We tried to go quick and tempo them up, and someone shot the gap and made a play,” Bell said. “Credit them for making plays over there and playing well.”
Morton was a critical piece to Baylor's defensive plan against the Sooners, coming up to play in the box as the Bears dared OU to beat them with Bell's arm.
Morton had five tackles after the targeting ejection was overturned.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY