Baylor's unbeaten season is over. And ended with a 28-3 lead.
No. 10 Oklahoma stormed back to win 34-31 after the Bears picked up 25 points in the second quarter on Saturday night. The Sooners tied the game 31-31 in the fourth quarter and then earned game points when Gabe Brkic hit a 31-yard field goal in less than two minutes.
Baylor's chance to end the game was over when Nick Bonito grabbed Charlie Brewer with 29 seconds remaining. It was a little redemption. The choice came only one game after Bonitto refused to intercept.
Baylor struck Oklahoma in the first half thanks to two turnovers by Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts. And the Herts finished third near the goal line in the second half as Oklahoma tried to cut Baylor's lead 31-17 to seven.
Still, the comeback wasn't derailed after that blow, thanks to a defense in Oklahoma that kept Baylor scoreless throughout the second half.
Soames also forced two second-half turnovers. These were the first two turnovers the Oklahoma defense has imposed after Texas Tech made a turnover against the Sooners on Sept. 28.
Oklahoma seemed like a legitimate contender for the title in the first half of the season on the heels of a defense that played far better than in 2018. But defense has been regressing in the last few weeks. Kansas State picked up 48 Soons points in the last week of October, and Iowa State scored 20 points in the fourth quarter with a 42-41 win over Oklahoma in Week 11.
Baylor's magic expires
Baylor was one of the five unbeaten teams in college football entering Week 12. The Bears were also the lowest of those five teams in the College Football Playoff rankings due to their affinity for loved ones win. Five of Baylor's nine wins came with eight points or less, and two of those games were overtime.
The luck that Baylor had in his first nine games of the season was devastatingly devastating for the last 30 minutes of Saturday night's game. Baylor held just four games in the third quarter as Oklahoma scored a touchdown on two of its first three drives to reduce the margin from 21 to seven.
The Dreamers tied the game with 5:25 left when Herts found Braden Willis in the end zone. Baylor quickly went three times and made the third straight driver and set about winning Brickich's game.
Oklahoma star WR CeeDee Lamb did not play Saturday night, as Oklahoma said there were "medical reasons". Lamb
Lamb averages over 22 yards a catch and is Oklahoma's most dynamic weapon. His absence put more pressure on Herts, who looked like he was in turnovers in the first half.
But Herts remained composed after this blow near the door line. He completed 30 of 42 passing for 297 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing 27 times for 114 yards. He was the only Oklahoma player with more than 20 yards and only Lee Morris and Charleston Rambo had five or more catches. Hurts completed the switch to 10 different receivers and Austin Stogner caught two of those breaks. Stogner entered the game with three catches all season.
Big 12 Playoffs Estimation
Baylor could find a place in the Big 12 Championship Game with a win over Oklahoma thanks to the loss of Texas to Iowa earlier in the day. While the loss of Longhorn means that Baylor and Oklahoma appear ready to meet in the title game, that is not a guarantee yet.
Moreover, it is far from a guarantee that the Big 12 will have a team in the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma will still be behind teams from the other four Power Five conferences in Tuesday's rankings and will only jump to Minnesota after the Gophers No. 8 lost to Iowa on Saturday.
Sooners still need help. And they don't get it from the Big 12. Oklahoma State is the third-best team in the conference with an overall record of 7-3. All others have four or more losses. After Houston and UCLA combine seasons that are far from stellar, Oklahoma has Baylor, not many other stellar wins.
Another victory over Baylor would certainly help with the Oklahoma case. But it probably won't be enough without losing to the Sooners teams in the standings based on the current Oklahoma playoffs.
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