OU vs. Baylor postgame Breaking it down

NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 12 Sooners took down the Baylor Bears 42-34 Saturday afternoon, and now Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into this contest.

Game ball goes to: True freshman center Ty Darlington. Thrown into the fire on Thursday as a true freshman starter after Gabe Ikard was not medically cleared to play, Darlington did everything he had to do. There were no major center-quarterback exchange issues. The Sooner offense flowed like normal, amassing 460 yards of total offense and they posted 42 points. Well done for the last-minute starter.

Play of the game: Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, the Sooners powered to the Belldozer package and instead of getting just the first on third-and-1, Blake Bell busted loose and pounced towards the end zone for a 55-yard score. That ran the count to 42-26 at the time.

It was over when: The Belldozer put OU up by 16 with that score just a couple of minutes of game action after running back Damien Williams sprinted in from 17 yards out. The back-to-back scores put it away.

Surprise of the game: How badly Baylor gashed OU in the run game. Baylor arrived with the nation's No. 3 passer in signal caller Nick Florence, but it was not his arm, and instead the Bears ground attack that troubled the Sooners. They hit the home squad for 263 rushing yards.

The biggest thing we learned:

OU is striding at the right time now and could easily run the table if it plays up to its potential. That could sent it to a BCS game come January.

The biggest concern: Can the Sooners get away with victories the next two weeks if they employ the "take away the pass, dare them to run" defensive philosophy. Or, instead, will that be the downfall. More than 250 rushing yards against West Virginia or Oklahoma State might be enough to get them beat if the passing game is more efficient in those two contests.

Streak count: 2 victories since the downer against Notre Dame. OU previously won three before that loss after their first setback.

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