WACO, Texas â€” For the first time all season, Oklahoma sure looked at home going on the road Saturday night at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Propelled by their most dominating defensive effort of the season, the Sooners hammered Baylor 53-24 in a tune-up for next weekend's Bedlam showdown with the Big 12 South on the line.
â€œIf you're sitting there with a 50-10 lead in the (third) quarter, you're doing something right,â€ said coach Bob Stoops. â€œWe did what we needed to to get in a really strong position there late.â€
All season the OU defense had been suspect on the road, leading to losses at Missouri and Texas A&M.
But against the high-scoring Bears and quarterback Robert Griffin, the Sooners played inspired defense from the opening snap.
To start the game, OU forced a three-and-out, stuffed Baylor on four downs, then made the Bears punt again after only one first down.
By that point, the Sooners led 21-0.
â€œWe wanted to come out strong and fast,â€ said defensive end Jeremy Beal, who spearheaded OU's suffocating defense with five tackles and a sack. â€œGet some momentum going in our favor.â€
The Sooners kept the momentum going. OU went on to force two more three-and-outs in the half and took at 34-7 lead into halftime.
Then on the third play of the second half, defensive end Ronnell Lewis, delivered the exclamation point, intercepting Griffin and running the ball 12 yards in for OU's first defensive touchdown of the season.