Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns as Oklahoma improves to 7-2 with a 42-34 win over a pesky Baylor team. The Sooners were also battling some difficult playing conditions, facing wind gusts of over 25 miles per hour
"Everybody has to play in it, said Oklahoma Quarterback Landry Jones. “It's just different. You have to make sure that you are going to put a tight spiral on it all night so that you can kind of cut through it. I thought we handled it well. The ball was moving around a bit and the receivers did a great job of adjusting to it at times - especially on the touchdown grab to Justin [Brown] for sure. He did a great job of being able to fight through it and he had a good grab at the end."
Thanks in part to a 55 yard scoring run by backup quarterback Blake Bell, the Sooners also managed to run for 183 yards for 460 yards of total offense.
"Everyone's down and all of a sudden the o-line did a great job picking up the linebackers,” said Bell. “Bronson Irwin, Trey Milliard, Aaron Ripkowski and all those guys came through man-on-man and it just split. I finally got to get out in the open a little bit. I was making sure I wasn't going to get caught on that one, I wanted to get to the end zone. After sitting over there for a couple quarters trying to stay loose and you bust out on one, it feels kind of weird. All of a sudden you think someone is going to get you. When you see the end zone, you want to get there."
Defensively, the Sooners had their hands full with Baylor. The Bears managed 424 yards of offense, well beneath their nation leading 570 yard per game average.
"They present a problem every down,” said Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops. “They had more quarterback draw than they had all year. We are seeing a lot of that, and we've got to make adjustments for it, too. We did what we had to do to win. We got the stops. To me I was disappointed in no turnovers, no deflections. We dropped the ball. You've got to get some turnovers against these guys, and that kept them in the game. We just couldn't get a deflection, something. You've got to make a play at some point."
Offensively for Oklahoma, Jones hit on scoring strikes to Brennan Clay and Justin Brown while Damien Williams had scoring runs of three and 17 yards respectively. Brennan Clay added a touchdown on the ground and Blake Bell had his cross country scoring jaunt and a third and one out of the Belldozer.
"That's what you have to do at this university,” said running back Brennan Clay. “You have to be the complete back. They don't recruit you to do just one thing. Being able to protect Landry is a big thing and being able to run the ball is a big thing. Coming up the backfield you have to be able to catch as well, and that's what our offense is lethal for."
Up next for Oklahoma is a trip to West Virginia to face the Mountaineers.