OU vs. Baylor: Report Card

WACO, Texas — Sooners Illustrated provides this week's edition of grades right here.

Coaching: C

Give them credit for rallying the troops when they were down 14 in the fourth quarter, but there was an absolute fatal decision in the final minute of the game. Head coach Bob Stoops elected to burn a timeout, one of his three, and try to get the ball back with a chance to win it. Problem is, the Sooners hadn't stopped Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with any type of consistency all day, and they were content to run it out and head to overtime. OU had all the momentum and should have been willing to accept that challenge in overtime instead of pushing its luck. The Sooners, though, pushed their luck and Griffin made them pay with the game-winner with eight ticks left.

Resiliency: A

You can't fault the Sooners here at all. Facing a 14-point deficit with just about eight minutes left, quarterback Landry Jones and the offense marched downfield to score and cut it back to one possession. A stop later, the Sooners scored again and tied it up. There was no quit in this team at all in the fourth quarter, but it just wasn't meant to be in the end.

The Bellcat: A+

If it weren't for a false start, the Sooners probably would have had a 39-38 lead in the last minute of the game. Stoops and the Sooners were poised to go for two, but a false start negated that opportunity, and they were forced to take the point after. Outside of that, quarterback Blake Bell found the end zone four times in the formation, and the Bears never really figured it out. There's no reason to believe they would have in overtime, either.

Containing RGIII: F

Griffin had his way with the Sooner defense, carving them up for 479 yards and four touchdowns through the air, a Baylor record. He also had 72 rushing yards to accumulate 551 total yards individually, another Baylor single-game record. He accounted for four of Baylor's six touchdowns and orchestrated the game-winning drive in the final minute of the game.

Limiting the big play: D

Well, one was just a lucky bounce. Midway through the third quarter, Griffin's passed was tipped high into the air and found its way into wide receiver Kendall Wright's hands for an 87-yard touchdown. But there were also huge gaping holes that allowed for other big plays, including a 69-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to wide receiver Tevin Reese. These were a major reason OU just couldn't overcome all the adversity Saturday night.

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