OU film review: Baylor

Breaking down the five plays that helped tell the story of Baylor's 41-12 dismantling of OU.

Every play matters but some stick out more than others. Each week Sooners Illustrated will look at the five plays that stood out in Oklahoma's performance. This week it's OU's 41-12 defeat at Baylor.

Play No. 1: Bell stopped on fourth down

Might as well start with one of the biggest plays of the game. Very early in the second quarter and Baylor held a slim 3-0 lead, but the Sooners were able to work their way down the field because of multiple Bear penalties.

Quarterback Blake Bell had rushed for one yard and third-and-two the previous play to set up a fourth-and-goal at the one.

The Sooners didn't hesitate to go for it, going with a fast tempo. But Bell wasn't even close to finding the end zone, dropped for a one-yard loss.

"We tried to go quick, but it just didn't work," Bell said.

The short yardage rushing game with Bell has been incredibly inconsistent all season, but this is easily the biggest example of that.

Play No. 2: Linwood gets rolling

The Sooners now held a 5-3 cushion midway through the second quarter. The teams exchanged long missed field goals, but the Bears were able to get things on track.

Third-string running back Shock Linwood, in because of injuries to Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin, rushed for 20 yards on Baylor's first play after OU's missed field goal.

Up until that point, Baylor's longest carry was five yards. In this drive, the Bears netted two 20-yard runs and punctuated the series with a Bryce Petty touchdown run.

Linwood did everything but get a touchdown, rushing for 182 yards on 23 carries.

Play No. 3: Striker gives Baylor a second chance

With less than four minutes left in the half, it was only 10-5 for Baylor, and OU had things going in the right direction forcing the Bears to a three-and-out deep in their territory.

But a costly mental error by OU sophomore linebacker Eric Striker allowed Baylor one more crack. Facing a third-and-nine, OU had Baylor stopped. Striker lined up in the neutral zone, and the Bears converted for a first down on the next play.

"We had a stop on third down, and they got the ball back and we lined up offsides," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "We didn't play nearly smart enough in those areas."

The Bears would go 93 yards in nine plays and score to take a 17-5 lead with 1:00 left in the first half.

Play No. 4: Bell picked off

A 17-5 halftime deficit isn't great, but it's not insurmountable. What transpired in the last 60 seconds of the first half sealed OU's fate.

The Sooners started at their 28 yard line and decided to try to make something happen before halftime. Bell's pass, though, was off the mark and a nice interception was made by Baylor linebacker Eddie Lackey.

"That was huge," Stoops said.

It was huge. That got the crowd rocking, and Baylor capitalized with another touchdown to take a commanding 24-5 lead into halftime.

OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said it was a safe play call, but OU should have run out the clock to give the defense time to rest knowing the Sooners got the ball first in the second half. That's not hindsight thinking, either. Was clear OU should take a knee that drive.

Play No. 5: Bell tackles himself

Well, not much more to say than that. First play of second half. Bell runs the option and actually has a nice little hole to run through.

Bell slips, trips, loses a yard. It just wasn't going to happen on this night for the Sooners. Easy to write game over after that one.

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