Every play matters but some end up factoring in the game’s decision more than others. Here are the five plays that told the story between Oklahoma and Baylor.
OU 44, Baylor 34
Play No. 1: Neal keeps drive alive
Hypotheticals are never fun to play with, but if this one play didn’t happen, who knows where this game would have ended up?
Baylor already led 6-0, had already stopped OU for a three-and-out and the Sooners faced a third-and-three at their own 42 yard line.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield was able to connect with senior wide receiver Durron Neal for an eight-yard gain and OU’s initial first down of the game.
The Sooners scored eight plays later to take their first lead of the game and send an early statement of this would not be another blowout for the Bears.
Play No. 2: OU execution at its finest
OU head coach Bob Stoops says execution so much that you begin to think it’s code word for something. Sometimes, though, it really is execution.
The Sooners were hanging on to the 7-6 lead when all the pieces fell into place for the first touchdown connection of the night between Mayfield and wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
It was second-and-11 from the Baylor 39 yard line when Samaje Perine picked up a blitzer to give Mayfield enough time to air it out to Shepard before taking a hit.
Shepard, who has made one big catch after another, did it once again and was able to control it enough in the front corner of the end zone for the touchdown to stand.
Play No. 3: Stidham keeps Bears alive
The Sooners found their stride in the second and third quarters, eventually taking a 34-20 lead. OU was ready to put the game away, but Baylor freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham wouldn’t let it happen.
The Bears faced fourth-and-eight at the OU 28 yard line. Essentially if OU makes that stop, the rout was on. Instead, Stidham found KD Cannon for 23 yards and the Bears would score on the very next play to make it 34-27.
Play No. 4: Tapper plants Stidham
This is the drive that needs to be circled. It was OU 37-27 in the first minute of the fourth quarter. But Baylor received a 58-yard kickoff return by Ishmael Zamora to set the Bears up at OU’s 39 yard line.
Three plays, -11 yards and a punt was the result. The final play was Charles Tapper once again emerging and making a difference.
Tapper recorded his sixth sack in the last three games. He didn’t just sack Stidham, he planted him on his back to force the fourth down.
Stidham definitely had his moments, but for the most part, the Sooners defense was up to the task every single time.
Play No. 5: Mayfield’s real Heisman moment
Before Saturday, the Heisman moment for Mayfield felt like that razzle dazzle touchdown pass to Mark Andrews against Tulsa.
But there were no stakes in that one. This touchdown to Dimitri Flowers, well, you might see this one time and time again.
OU faced third-and-goal at the Baylor 7 yard line when the Sooners took a timeout to regroup. Mayfield scrambled, rolled out, extended the play one more time before finding Flowers in the end zone for what felt like the dagger.
With OU up 44-34, Ahmad Thomas delivered the final blow with an interception of Stidham on the first play of the next drive to seal the victory for the Sooners.