No. 18 Baylor 27-14 win ends No. 4 Oklahoma 17-game winning streak
Waco, Texas Jerry Bohannon struggled to find the words to describe how he felt after tossing the 18th-ranked Baylor over Oklahoma, ending the Sooners’ winning streak that finished fourth in 17 games in a row.
The strong quarterback doesn’t know what it means to move forward for the bull bears.
“I know we’ll keep moving forward,” Bohannon said. “I know that was just a motivation for what we can do, and we can be as a team.”
Bohannon threw a touchdown pass and ran for two in the fourth quarter and the Baylor defense bothered both Oklahoma quarterbacks in a 27-14 win on Saturday that kept the Bears in contention for a place in the Big 12 championship game, a week after an unexpected loss in a struggling TCU.
“It’s a controlled confidence. You know, we put in the work and expected the results,” said linebacker Terrell Bernard, who had nine tackles and two sacks for Baylor (8-2, 5-2 Big 12, CFP No. 13). “We didn’t play our level last week. And we corrected a few things on tape. We came up with a great game plan, got out here and executed it.”
The Sooners (9-1, 6-1, CFP #8) were suspended for 260 yards, the lowest ever with coach Lincoln Riley in his five seasons as head coach and two seasons as offensive coordinator before that. He was Fewer points in a regular season game since a 48-14 home loss to Baylor in 2014, which came weeks before the season ended with a 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Oklahoma lost in November under Riley for the first time.
“Disappointing, there’s no other way to put it,” Riley said. “There is still a lot left for this football team. That is the advantage of winning your first nine games, are you preparing yourself to be able to beat something like this. … We will be back as we always do and just as we expect.”
Abram Smith had 148 yards rushing in, including a 75-yard rushing to establish Bohanon’s first rushing TDs for a 17-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Bohanon, who threw an interception near the midfield one minute before the 30-28 loss in the TCU, ran for 107 yards against the Sooners while firing 12 of 21 passes for 117 yards and an interception.
Baylor fans stormed the field when they thought the match was over, but there was a timeout, and 3 seconds left. Every Oklahoma team left the field and it took several minutes to clear the field and get the sooner 11 out at the last minute after officials spoke to Riley angrily.
Isaiah Hankins then kicked a 32-yard field goal for points that could play a role in the Big 12 tiebreak, and then the crowd swept the field again.
Dave Aranda, the Baylor coach, said he was considering the top 12 tiebreaker that includes the point differential.
“I know why Dave tried to shoot the goal,” Riley said. “I still think first of all, there is a code of sportsmanship that I believe in, I wouldn’t have done.”
New Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams, who has been very dynamic since leading a major comeback against Texas last month, threw two interceptions. Pre-season AP All-America, Spencer Rattler, who initially replaced him, took charge late in the third quarter.
Williams had a 2-yard TD run early, but Finished 10 of 19 to pass 146 yards During his dismissal three times. Rattler has been sacked twice as well. Williams returned to complete three passes for 74 yards on a late trip ahead of Kennedy Brooks’ 1-yard TD with 2:26 left.
Oklahoma: The Sooners still controlled their way to enter the Big 12 Championship game for a chance to win their seventh consecutive Conference title. But going back to the college football game just got a lot tougher. Lacking notable wins, the Sooners only finished eighth in the CFP rankings.
Baylor: This was the first special win in two seasons under Aranda. Fittingly, the outstanding defensive performance from the former LSU National Championship defensive coordinator two seasons ago was key. It was a major rebound after allowing 531 yards for his first TCU starter, Chandler Morris, last week.
Third-year Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brickic who was 17 out of 20 this season and has never fouled multiple times in a game, missed twice before halftime. He had a lot of leg but Missed attempts from 51 and 40 yards Right wide, one at the end of each square.
Oklahoma’s 17-game winning streak was the longest since 20 consecutive games in 2000-01 which included its last national championship. The Sooners have won 23 consecutive games in November, 11 of them against the top 25 opponents, since 2014. … Oklahoma has also scored at least 30 points in 35 consecutive real road games, which has been the longest streak nationally since at least 1980.
Oklahoma plays the final at home against Iowa State in the rematch of last year’s Big 12 title match.
Baylor plays next Saturday in Kansas State.
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