The Bears delivered their most dominant win since their rout of UTSA as they defeated Oklahoma State 45-27 in Stillwater! The past several weeks of football games have been increasingly stressful for Baylor fans as the Bears have churned out slow offensive starts and wins by one touchdown at most (aside from the 18 point win at Kansas State). Two of the last three Baylor games have finished with the Bears winning by a field goal at the last second or a touchdown in double overtime, so it was extremely satisfying to watch Baylor beat Oklahoma State by such a large margin in one of the most difficult stadiums to play. Remaining undefeated at 7-0 (and 4-0 in conference play), the Bears proved their talent and perseverance after losing arguably their best defensive player in senior LB Clay Johnston last week against Texas Tech. Junior QB Charlie Brewer completed 13 of 17 passing attempts for 312 yards and 1 interception and added 12 carries for 16 yards and 1 TD. The Bears recorded 1 turnover and finished with 536 yards and decreased their penalties to 7 for 66 yards.
Unlike in the past five games, the Bears added points to the scoreboard on their first offensive possession. Brewer rushed for 17 yards and junior RB John Lovett added runs of 20 and 25 yards with his second carry being the Bears’ first touchdown of the game. The Cowboys got their offense moving on the back of RB Chuba Hubbard– one of the best running backs in the country– and scored at the end of a five and a half minute drive before Baylor junior DT James Lynch blocked their extra point. The Bears moved quickly in their subsequent series, with Brewer completing a 16-yard pass to senior WR Denzel Mims and an 18-yard pass to sophomore WR Tyquan Thornton before senior RB JaMycal Hasty ran for 18 yards and fumbled the ball into Oklahoma State’s defense. Despite the turnover providing the Cowboys with decent field position, they couldn’t get into rhythm and were forced to punt back to the Bears right before the end of the first quarter.
Brewer was sacked twice in Baylor’s next drive carried over from the first 12 minutes so the teams traded consecutive punts on each of their next possessions (with Brewer getting sacked a third time somewhere in between). Oklahoma State scored at the 4 minute mark to take the 13-7 lead, but Baylor’s offense bounced right back. Brewer started with a huge 63-yard pass to Hasty, who stopped 10 yards away from the end zone, but a holding penalty on senior WR Chris Platt took the ball back to the OSU 20. Lovett rushed for 13 yards on 2 carries before Brewer took his fourth sack of the day. Redshirt freshman K John Mayers closed the drive with a 28-yard field goal to inch closer to OSU, 10-13. The Cowboys marched down the field on their next drive, but when QB Spencer Sanders attempted a pass at Baylor’s 7-yard line, sophomore CB Kalon Barnes intercepted the ball in the end zone and ran it back 18 yards at the end of the second quarter.
The Bears couldn’t score on their first possession in the third quarter, so Oklahoma State added to their lead, 20-10, putting Baylor in their first two score deficit this season. When the Bears got the ball back, however, Brewer immediately connected with Thornton on a 78-yard pass, his longest of his career, and Hasty added a 5-yard rush into the end zone, putting the Bears at 17-20. One drive later, Brewer completed an 18-yard pass to sophomore WR Josh Fleeks and Hasty rushed for 9 yards on 2 carries. At Baylor’s 36 yard line, Brewer threw a 64-yard pass to Fleeks who ran it in for a score, giving Baylor the 24-20 lead before Baylor’s defense forced an OSU three and out to close the third quarter.
Oklahoma State scored a touchdown on their first possession, but Baylor took back their lead on the following drive. Brewer completed a 44-yard pass to Fleeks and a 4-yard pass to sophomore WR R.J. Sneed before Hasty ran for 2 yards and Brewer scored on an acrobatic 2-yard rush. Coming off a 31-27 lead, the Baylor defense notched their first big play of the day on sophomore DT Chidi Ogbonnaya’s sack for a loss of 6 yards, leading to Sanders’ fumble recovered by sophomore LB Terrel Bernard, who ran the ball in for a touchdown to put the Bears up 38-27. According to Baylor football’s twitter, Bernard’s score was the team’s first fumble recovered for a TD since former CB Xavien Howard did the same at Kansas in 2015. Oklahoma State couldn’t move the ball more than 20 yards and senior S Henry Black broke up a pass on fourth down to give the offense the ball back at the Baylor 27 yard line. On the first hand off, Brewer gave the ball to Hasty who ran it back 73 yards for a touchdown, the longest run of his Baylor career, and secured the Bears’ 45-27 victory.
Five Baylor athletes saw rushing attempts including Hasty (16 carries for 146 yards and 2 TDs), Lovett (7 carries for 51 yards and 1 TD), Brewer (12 carries for 16 yards and 1 TD), Fleeks (1 carry for 8 yards), and Platt (1 carry for minus 3 yards). Seven received passes including Fleeks (3 catches for 126 yards and 1 TD), Thornton (2 catches for 96 yards), Hasty (3 catches for 66 yards), Mims (1 catch for 16 yards), Sneed (2 catches for 9 yards), Lovett (1 catch for 3 yards), and Platt (1 catch for minus 4 yards). Baylor’s defense amassed 72 tackles with 3 for a loss of 14 yards (Bernard, senior DT Bravvion Roy, senior LB Blake Lynch, Ogbonnaya), 2 sacks (Roy, Ogbonnaya), 2 forced fumbles (senior LB Jordan Williams, Ogbonnaya), 2 fumble recoveries (Bernard, Williams), 1 interception returned 18 yards (Barnes), 5 pass breakups (Black x2, senior CB Jameson Houston x2, Barnes), and 1 block (J. Lynch).
With the Bears’ 7-0, 4-0 record, their AP ranking again moved up from #18 to #14, just one spot above Texas (the most joy). They join #5 Oklahoma, #15 Texas (who should not be ranked at this point, let’s talk about that), and #23 Iowa State as the only Big 12 schools in this week’s AP Top 25.
The Bears will face West Virginia in Waco on Halloween at 7 p.m. (CT).