OU football: Sooners shut down Bears' top-ranked offense
Kingsley Burns, The Oklahoma Daily
OU topped Baylor and its top-ranked offense Saturday at home, 42-34, for the Sooners' second consecutive win in Big 12 play.
How the Sooners won: OU essentially shut down Baylor’s top-ranked passing offense, forcing senior quarterback Nick Florence to go 12-for-33 for 172 and no touchdowns.
Key stat: OU went 9-for-13 on third-down conversions, picking up nearly a third of its first downs when it mattered most.
Key performer: Junior running back Damien Williams reemerged as the Sooners’ top back after being banged up the last two weeks, rushing for 99 yards on 23 carries and scoring a pair of touchdowns.
Key opponent: Sophomore running back Lance Seastrunk led a surprisingly effective Baylor rushing attack with 91 yards and three touchdowns. As a team, the Bears rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns.
What it means: OU now faces three tough games to end its back-loaded schedule — West Virginia, Oklahoma State and TCU — and it plays two of those games (West Virginia and TCU) on the road. If the Sooners can safely navigate those last three games, there’s a good chance they’ll play in a BCS bowl.