Fumblin' Sooners still smack Baylor, 36-10

Alonzo Dotson (pictured) records one of No. 16 Oklahoma's (9-2, 6-1) five sacks during their 36-10 win over Baylor (4-8, 3-5) Saturday in Waco. The Sooners overcame five turnovers (four fumbles) as their dominating defense held the Bears to just 140 yards of total offense and -46 yards rushing, which is the econd-best performance against the run in school history. (AP Photo)

It certainly wasn't pretty, but a win is a win. No. 16 Oklahoma committed five turnovers (four fumbles), but with the help of a dominating defensive performance put up enough points to extend their winning streak to six games with a 36-10 win over Baylor Saturday in Waco.

The Sooners, who improved to 16-0 all-time against the the Bears, sacked Baylor quarterback Blake Szymanski five times and held the Bears' running game to -48 rushing yards on 20 carries. And Baylor's 140 yards of total offense was their lowest output since they recorded 197 against OU in 2004.

The Bears' best chance to get into the end zone was when the Sooners essentially handed it to them, as their 10 points came off a 4-play, 4-yard drive following a Reggie Smith fumbled punt deep in Sooner territory, and a 56-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma's defense held the Bears out of the end zone, but they also helped the offense put points on the board. Smith returned the first of his two interceptions 41-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to push the lead to 13-0. The Sooner D also recorded a safety at the 5:49 mark of the third quarter to extend the lead to 29-3 on a sack by Alonzo Dotson.

Sophomore receiver Juauquin Iglesias then returned the punt following the safety 88-yards for a touchdown to put Oklahoma up 36-3 and the rout was on.

Oklahoma's offense was slowed by three turnovers (OU's other two turnovers where fumbled punt returns), but they still managed to rack up 414 yards of total offense.

Freshman running back Chris Brown, who drew his first career start, rushed for a career-high 169 yards on 24 carries and a 7-yard touchdown run off an option pitch from quarterback Paul Thompson that gave OU a 27-3 lead midway through the third quarter.

Thompson was solid once again, completing 12 of his 19 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. The Leander, Texas native hit Joe Jon Finley for a 10-yard strike to put the Sooners up 7-0 in the first quarter, and then finished a 5-play, 75-yard drive with a perfect 21-yard connection to Malcolm Kelly that gave OU a 20-3 lead early in the third quarter.

With his performance, Thompson passed the 2000-yard passing mark for the season and has thrown 17 touchdown passes and just seven intercpetions.

Kelly, who might have had a second touchdown score had he not fumbled the ball at the 5-yard yard following a magnificent 57-yard catch and run, finished with five catches for 115 yards.

Back to the defense, the Sooners held the Bears to just three conversions on 16 third-down attempts and 1-of-4 on fourth down attempts. They also held the Bears to just 2.2 yards per play.

Scoring Summary:
First Quarter
--05:23 OU - Finley, Joe Jon 10 yd pass from Thompson, Paul (McEachern, Hays pass failed), 10-85 4:23, OU 6 - BU 0
--04:14 OU - Smith, Reggie 42 yd interception return (Hartley, Garret kick), , OU 13 - BU 0
--02:02 BU - Havens, Ryan 38 yd field goal, 4-4 0:57, OU 13 - BU 3

Third Quarter

--12:46 OU - Kelly, Malcolm 21 yd pass from Thompson, Paul (Hartley, Garret kick), 5-75 2:14, OU 20 - BU 3
--07:44 OU - Brown, Chris 7 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 4-18 1:31, OU 27- BU 3
--05:46 OU - Dotson, Alonzo safety, , OU 29 - BU 3
--05:30 OU - Iglesias, Juaquin 88 yd kickoff return (Hartley, Garret kick), , OU 36 - BU 3

Fourth Quarter
--07:48 BU - Davis, Braelon 56 yd fumble recovery (Havens, Ryan kick), OU 36 - BU 10

RUSHING: Oklahoma-Brown, Chris 24-169; Gutierrez, Jacob 12-59; Thompson, Paul 4-10; TEAM 1-minus 2. Baylor-Mosley, Paul 7-14; Price, Mario 2-2; Sims, Carl 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 8; Szymanski, B. 9-minus 57.

PASSING: Oklahoma-Thompson, Paul 12-19-1-178. Baylor-Szymanski, B. 22-45-2-188.

RECEIVING: Oklahoma-Kelly, Malcolm 5-115; Iglesias, Juaquin 3-29; Gresham, Jermaine 1-19; Finley, Joe Jon 1-10; Eldridge, Brody 1-5; Strong, Fred 1-0. Baylor-Mosley, Paul 5-23; White, Thomas 3-38; Sims, Carl 3-17; Jones, Jacoby 2-29; Zeigler, D. 2-25; Shelton, Trent 2-15; Price, Mario 2-7; Adams, Jordan 1-16; Payne, Trey 1-11; Gettis, David 1-7.

INTERCEPTIONS: Oklahoma-Smith, Reggie 2-94. Baylor-Arline, Anthony 1-15.

FUMBLES: Oklahoma-Smith, Reggie 2-2; Brown, Chris 1-1; Kelly, Malcolm 1-1. Baylor-None.

SACKS (UA-A): Oklahoma-Ah You, C.J. 2-0; Dotson, Alonzo 2-0; Coleman, Steven 1-0. Baylor-None.

TACKLES (UA-A): Oklahoma-Harris, Nic 3-4; Alexander, Rufus 5-1; Ah You, C.J. 4-0; Holmes, Lendy 3-1; Walker, Marcus 2-2; Latimer, Zach 1-3; Carter, Jason 3-0; Dotson, Alonzo 3-0; Granger, DeMarcus 2-0; Smith, Reggie 2-0; Birdine, Larry 1-1; Clayton, Keenan 1-1; Coleman, Steven 1-0; Pleasant, Demarrio 1-0; Thompson, Paul 1-0; Caleb, Brandon 0-1; Bennett, Cory 0-1; Lofton, Curtis 0-1; Baker, Lewis 0-1; Jackson, Brian 0-1. Baylor-Wilson, C.J. 3-3; Arline, Anthony 4-1; Price, Marlon 2-3; Lamb, Jason 3-1; Jones, Antonio 3-1; Crawford, Dwain 2-2; Linguist, M. 2-2; Moore, Nick 1-3; Widemon, Alton 1-3; Nelson, Geoff 2-1;Robinson, M.T. 0-3; Pawelek, Joe 0-3; Redfearn, C. 2-0; Todd, James 1-1; Hoefer, Bennett 1-1; Hill, Julian 1-1; Bryant, Trey 0-2; Rhodes, Vincent 0-2; Taylor, Damien 0-2; Shoals, Klayton 0-2; La Mar, Jake 0-2; Hixson, Ben 1-0; Fenty, Justin 1-0; Davis, Braelon 1-0; Mosley, Paul 1-0; Howard, Paul 0-1; Bell, Shawn 0-1; Jones, Zach 0-1.

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