OU football: Despite second-quarter Baylor surge, Sooners lead by 11 at halftime
With a two-play drive that took only 11 seconds just before the game’s intermission, No. 12 Oklahoma senior quarterback Landry Jones connected with senior wide receiver Justin Brown for a 35-yard touchdown pass to go up, 28-17, against Baylor at halftime.
Stat of the half: 212-78 (OU's passing yard advantage). Baylor entered this game as the nation’s top passing team, led by starting quarterback Nick Florence, who averaged 377.4 passing yards per game. But Jones outshined Florence in the first half, completing 17-of-25 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
Player of the half: Junior running back Brennan Clay had just one career touchdown going into the 2012 season. Today, the San Diego native scored the first two touchdowns by the Sooners’ offense. Clay also had a 36-yard kickoff return that set up the touchdown pass to Brown just before the half.
What’s working: The Sooners are attacking the Bears defense both through the air and on the ground, keeping Baylor’s defense out on the field. OU needs to continue to lead in the time of possession statistic — Oklahoma currently holds a 18:13-to-11:47 advantage — in order to limit Baylor’s scoring chances on offense.
What’s not working: OU’s defense needs to continue to force its will on the Baylor offense. After limiting the Bears to just a field goal and three first downs during the first quarter, the OU defense gave up two touchdowns and nine first downs to the Bears in the second quarter that allowed BU to sneak back into the game.
What OU needs to hang on to the lead: The Sooners need to keep putting their foot on the gas on offense while also playing the sound defense that is working against this year’s Baylor team.