Big Plays Bounce Baylor

The Oklahoma Sooners made it 17 in a row over Baylor by beating the Bears 52-21 Saturday night. The defense had their weakest performance of the season, but freshman DeMarco Murray would score four touchdowns and fellow freshman Sam Bradford would add three of his own to lead OU to victory.

Baylor came in to Saturday night's game with a little bit more fire than many of us expected, but it was not enough to stave off the Sooners, who came out and just made big play after big play.

Baylor got on the board first after surprising the Sooner defense by utilizing an effective rushing attack. Early on Baylor RB Brandon Whitaker, a former Edmond Santa Fe prepster, was able to bust off over 100 yards one of the runs being a 46-yard TD run that would put the Bears up 7-0.

The Oklahoma playmakers would then start to take over as they reeled off 21 straight points behind two DeMarco Murray touchdown runs (25,1) and a 51-yard Sam Bradford to Malcolm Kelly connection to make it 21-7 Sooners.

On the day freshman freshman phenoms Bradford and Murray would both have huge games in the win.

Bradford comleted 20-of-25 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns. Murray would score an even more impressive four times and would total 243 of total offense.

With around minute to go in the first half Baylor would stop OU RB Chris Brown on a 4th down conversion attempt at the Baylor 25-yard line. On the next play the Bears threw in a big play of their own when Blake Syzmanski hooked up with a streaking Thomas White on a 75-yard td pass, who would shake off tackles as he headed to the end-zone.

The first half scoring barrage would not stop there because on the ensuing kick-off DeMarco Murray would cash it in on a 91-yard return on what was easily one of the most entertaining plays of the season.

After the Baylor kicker sent the ball bouncing down the field on an attempted type of pooch punt Murray would track backward to scoop the ball up at the nine-yard line he would then go on to dodge two defenders while dancing back inside the five, break a tackle, and then still manage to get to the corner exploding up the Sooner sideline to pay-dirt sending the Sooners to the break up 28-14.

In the TV halftime interview it was easy to see that Sooner head coach Bob Stoops was clearly disappointed in the fact that the defense gave up over 300 yards of total offense to BU.

On the day the Sooners would end up giving up as many yards as they had all season by allowing Baylor to rush for 170 yards and add an additional 280 yards (450 combined) through the air.

In the second half the Sooners would come out of the gate and tack on two more scores to pull out to a 42-14 advantage. The first score of the half would come on yet another big play when Bradford hooked up with Manuel Johnson on a 60-yard TD pass. The second score of the half would be yet another Bradford to Johnson connection. This time it would be a 13-yard TD completion capping off an impressive 73-yard drive.

The impressive Baylor offense would not pack it in and on the following possession they proved that they could move the ball on the OU defense by 65-yards in seven plays. They would make it 42-21 when the speedy Thomas White would find a mismatch over the middle of the field when OU LB Ryan Reynolds was in coverage.

Oklahoma would then grind it out in the fourth quarter. Garrett Hartley would add a 27-yard field goal to make it 45-21, and then DeMarco Murray would score his fourth touchdown of the day and 15th of the season to hold off Baylor 52-21.

SI Offensive Player of the Game: DeMarco Murray

What a playmaker. He can score anytime he touches the ball. The kick return was fabulous, but he seems to be coming in to his own as a running back. If he continues to progress he may find himself in the NFL draft a little over a year from now.

SI Defensive Player of the Game: The OU Offense and Special Teams

I guess there were a few players that had good games on "D", but when it comes down to it they had better be thanking the offense and the play of the special teams or this game may have been more unappealing.

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