The OU defense was flying to the ball, disrupting the rhythm for Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. All was well in Norman.
And then suddenly it all went dark. In a hurry.
First drive: Baylor touchdown
Pick up this drive already in progress with OU forcing a third-and-seven for the Bears at their 28 yard line. Baylor would convert that and a fourth down on the drive en route to a 33-yard Corey Coleman touchdown reception to cut OU’s lead down to 14-10 with 12:56 left in the quarter.
Second drive: OU intercepted
Following a completion to Michiah Quick for a first down, OU made its first mistake of the quarter offensively with an illegal formation. The Sooners were backed up to a second-and-18 at its 30 when Trevor Knight tried to make something happen that simply wasn’t there. Knight never saw Baylor’s Bryce Hager, who easily made the interception and returned it 36 yards to the one yard line. All the air out of Owen Field went out after that pass. It was another inexcusable mistake from Knight this season.
Third drive: Baylor touchdown
Needing a whole yard to get it, Devin Chafin had little difficulty getting into the end zone to give Baylor a 17-14 lead.
Fourth drive: Hunnicutt wide right
OU actually responded fairly well. Knight found Quick behind the Baylor defense for a 54-yard gain. If the pass was right on the money, Quick cruised into the end zone. But when somebody is that far behind the defense, just making sure he catches it is good enough. So OU was set up at Baylor’s 13 yard line. Keith Ford ran for five yards, but Daryl Williams was called for holding, and OU never got back on track. That’s OK, though, because Michael Hunnicutt was only attempting a 31-yard field goal with the wind at his back. But the usually reliable Hunnicutt was wide right on the kick and has now missed his last three attempts at Owen Field.
Fifth drive: OU roughs the punter
So now Baylor has the momentum. Back-to-back scoring drives and OU is scratching its head after missing a 31-yard field goal. The OU defense makes a nice response to force a fourth-and-seven at Baylor’s 35. Problem is OU goes for a punt block with the Bears kicking into the wind. Matt Dimon lands on the plant leg of Baylor punter Spencer Roth and is called for roughing the punter. Ten plays and 50 yards later, Chafin has his second touchdown of the game. Baylor went 80 yards in 16 plays and took off 4:40 to make it 24-14 with 3:38 left in the half.
Sixth drive: Knight misses Quick
OU had one last stand to make something happen. And actually had things going. A key third down scramble by Knight picked up a first down. Another Williams holding penalty put this one going backward, too, though. And with OU facing a third-and-nine at its 49, Knight had a chance to make a huge play happen with Quick once again. The freshman had beaten his defender, but the throw was so underthrown it actually hit the Baylor defensive back as we was trying to catch up to Quick. It’s too easy to say it would have been a guaranteed touchdown, but it would have been a solid gain that would have had OU knocking on the doorstep in the final minute.
Seventh drive: Baylor takes a knee
That’s it. Over. Baylor takes one knee and goes into halftime. Trailing 14-3 entering and leaving with a 10-point advantage and knowing it was getting the ball first. That’s just how fast the train went off the rails for OU.
Baylor had 10 first downs compared to OU’s three in the quarter. Baylor was a combined 5 of 8 on third and fourth down conversions. Baylor had 26 plays for 136 yards and three touchdowns. OU had 15 plays for 96 yards with an interception. And the Sooners had four penalties and a missed field goal. Baylor receiver Corey Coleman had six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter.
A second quarter OU and its fans would love to forget.