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.
Baylor 48, OU 14
Play No. 1: Knight with the leap
Before the game went off the rails, there were so many signs of life from the Sooners in the first quarter. The first 15 minutes belonged to OU, who took a 14-3 lead.
No play symbolized it better than a second-and-10 at the Baylor 41 yard line. Knight rolled out, tucked it and ran. Instead of sliding, he hurdled a defender before falling on the turf on his throwing shoulder.
He picked up 18 yards and wasn’t injured on the play. The drive culminated with the first career touchdown for freshman Michiah Quick for OU’s initial touchdown of the game.
The Sooners came out fast and looked ready but simply had no answer once it became clear the Bears weren’t just going to go away.
Play No. 2: Knight picked off
Knight has a history of having one great play and then giving one back. He gave a huge one back to Baylor early in the second quarter.
The Bears had narrowed the gap to 14-10 when OU faced a second-and-18 at its 30 yard line. Knight threw it right to linebacker Bryce Hager, who made the grab and a nice 36-yard return to the OU 1 yard line.
All the momentum was gone from OU at that point. Baylor scored on the next play en route to scoring the final 45 points of the game.
Play No. 3: Dimon roughs the kicker
The second quarter was an unmitigated disaster, but OU was still in it down 17-14 midway through the period. The wheels fell off once and for all when Matt Dimon was called for roughing the punter after OU had forced Baylor to punt.
It was a fourth-and-seven from Baylor’s 35 yard line. The Bears were kicking into the wind. No reason at all to go for the block, and Bob Stoops said it was a mistake after the game.
Hindsight won’t do OU any good. Baylor converted a fourth down later in the drive and put it in the end zone for a 24-14 lead.
Play No. 4: Knight misses Quick
Looking for a bright spot? Quick is your answer. The freshman had his best game in an OU uniform and got behind the Baylor defenders a number of times.
One time Knight connected with Quick for 54 yards. And with OU trailing 24-14 and facing a third-and-nine at OU’s 49, Knight had Quick open down the middle of the field.
Wasn’t a guaranteed touchdown, but it would have been at least 30-40 yards, except the throw was woefully underthrown and actually hit the defender who was trying to make up ground to get to Quick.
Another missed opportunity.
Play No. 5: Petty puts on clinic
The first drive of the second half is going to go down in OU history, really feel that way. It was that bad, that mismanaged that boo birds filled the stadium down the back half of it.
Baylor went 75 yards in 10 plays. Petty was 9-of-9 passing for 70 yards, simply taking what OU’s defense had no problem giving him.
OU’s Julian Wilson made five tackles on the drive because the scheme was calling for him to play so far off the receivers.
It was dreadful, and it gave Baylor a 31-14 lead to officially take the wind out of OU’s sails and any hopes for a shot at another conference championship.