No. 18 Baylor spoils Homecoming

Sarah Phipps (The Oklahoman)

Big plays proved fatal for the Cowboys

The 18th ranked Baylor Bears, led by Charlie Brewer and JaMycal Hasty, crushed the Cowboy’s attempts to right the ship in 45-27 fashion. Today’s loss represents the first Homecoming defeat since 2014, when an also unranked OSU squad lost 34-10 to a West Virginia team ranked 22nd.

It all started with a sloppy initial drive from the Pokes, and a quick 3-and-out gave the Bears offense their first look at the field. They capitalized with a 3 play, 62 yard drive that ended with a 25 yard TD run by John Lovett, the first of many times the Cowboys run defense would get gashed on the day.

Oklahoma State responded with a 13(!) play, 78 yard drive as Sanders threw a beautiful fade to Jordan McCray in the corner of the endzone. That drive featured a Houdini act to avoid a sack from Sanders in what might end up being the most exciting 3 yard play of the season.

A Baylor turnover and a series of punts from both sides persisted until the Pokes broke through in the 2nd quarter with a 2 yard TD run by Chuba Hubbard with 4:15 left in the first half.

The Bears were able to drive the length of the field, but had to settle for a FG after the defense stiffened up near the goal line. With just enough time left to orchestrate a scoring drive before halftime, the Cowboys reached the Baylor 7 yard line before Sanders delivered his first of three turnovers on the day, an interception on a badly thrown fade to McCray.

The Pokes led 13-10 at halftime, but would manage just 14 points the rest of the way to Baylor’s 35. Scoring plays of 64 and 73 yards from the Bears ultimately provided the nail in the coffin for a Cowboys team that now sits at 4-3 on the season.

Quick Thoughts

  1. Spencer Sanders now has 12 turnovers in 4 conference games. That’s.. not ideal.
  2. Chuba continues to put up numbers, going for 171 and 2 TDs today
  3. The defense struggled to stop either aspect of the Bears offensive attack, giving up 45 for the second straight week.

Summary

I believe that Matt Rhule has Baylor headed in the right direction, and certainly has them rolling right now. At 7-0, they continue to be tied at the top of the Big 12 standing with Oklahoma. The Cowboy’s season doesn’t get any easier, as a trip to Ames, Iowa awaits them next week. Is Sanders the future? I think so, but I’m growing less confident with each performance. Does Dru Brown deserve to start next week? I don’t get paid enough to make those decisions, so I’ll leave that up to Gundy and co.

The 5-2 Cyclones await.

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