Oklahoma football: Sooners' two strategies vs. Baylor? Keep up or keep away

by Jason Kersey Published: November 2, 2013
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photo - Baylor's Lache Seastrunk (25) races past the Oklahoma defense during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Baylor University Bears (BU) at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman.
Baylor's Lache Seastrunk (25) races past the Oklahoma defense during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Baylor University Bears (BU) at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman.

 Baylor’s final scores this season are staggering.

The Bears have hung at least 70 on the scoreboard four times in seven games, and have 69- and 59-point performances.

One final score, though, sticks out like a sore thumb: A 35-25 win Oct. 12 at Kansas State, which used a ball-control, run-heavy offensive that could provide Oklahoma an upset model Thursday in Waco.

When the Sooners face No. 6 Baylor, they likely will have to choice between to two strategies to counter one of the nation's most prolific offenses: Keep up or keep away.

To this point, no one has been able to hang with the Bears’ firepower. Baylor leads the nation with averages of 63.9 points and 718.4 offensive yards per game. Quarterback Bryce Petty has thrown 18 touchdown passes and one interception.

The Sooners controlled the clock in the fourth quarter of wins over Notre Dame and Texas Tech. bThe Red Raiders’ offensive style is similar to Baylor’s, and Oklahoma won with several long, time-consuming series.

With Landry Jones quarterbacking its offense the four previous seasons, Oklahoma was able to go point-for-point with most high-powered offenses. But with an inconsistent passing game so far this year, these Sooners rely more on a strong offensive line and group of running backs.

“We knew Tech liked to put up points with that spread offense,” said senior running back Brennan Clay. “Being able to run the ball in any game, I feel like, is going to be important. Being able to control the clock and get first downs, and just keep grinding it out, making sure we score in the red zone.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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