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Baylor falls to Oklahoma 34-31, ending the Bears’ playoffs hopes

Four-time defending Big 12 champion Sooners have to beat the Bears to remain in conference contention.

WACO, Texas — The eyes of the college football world were upon Waco, Saturday night. The Baylor Bears face the Oklahoma Sooners in what could be the biggest game at McLane Stadium since its inaugural season, five years ago.

No. 10 Oklahoma visits No. 12 Baylor in a potential Big 12 championship game preview. 


The four-time defending Big 12 champion Sooners are 8-1 and have to win out for another playoff chance. They are 10th in the College Football Playoff rankings, three spots ahead of undefeated Baylor. 

The Bears have won 11 games in a row with one of the Big 12’s top defenses. Oklahoma averages nearly 600 total yards and 50 points a game. 

Baylor fans began making their way inside McLane Stadium more than an hour before game time.

The game ball was delivered by parachute jumpers about 20 minutes ahead of kickoff.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt were in attendance. 


10:18 p.m. -- Have to give OU a ton of credit. They got off the mat and out the clamps down on defense while the offense got rolling. Baylor will regroup and be fine.

Baylor turns the ball over and that’s going to do it. Bears blow a 25 point lead in an epic meltdown as they get outscored 24-0 in the 2nd half to fall 34-31. Baylor is now 9-1 with Texas coming to McLane Stadium next week. This one is going to sting for a while.

10:12 p.m. -- FINAL: No. 10 Sooners 34, Baylor 31 OU seals it with an INT. BU’s 11-game win streak ends

10: 10 p.m. -- Brewers pass is intercepted with 29 seconds remaining. OU is up 34-31. This is no good, NO GOOD.

Baylor has only had the ball for over 17 minutes so the offense should be well-rested. Let’s go make history.

Sooners have outscored Baylor 24-0 in the 2nd half.

10:06 p.m. -- Oklahoma FG is good.  1:45 left in the game, Oklahoma 34, Baylor 31 

10:04 p.m. -- 1:49 4th: Timeout Sooners, in lieu of a delay flag. That’s actually recommended to officials by the NCAA. Brcik on for a 31-yard FG to take the lead.

10:02 p.m. -- 1:49 4th: Timeout Baylor, its last 4th & 3 Sooners at the BU 14. 

10:01 p.m. -- 1:56 4th: Timeout Baylor. Sooners have 3rd & 6 at the BU 17. BU’s scoring drought up to 28:07.

9:57 p.m. -- This Baylor defense looks like a totally different group than we saw in the first half, again offense and defense not clicking at the same time. 

9:55 p.m. -- Baylor offense does nothing yet again. Bears hand the football back over to Oklahoma. The defense needs a massive stop here with 4:15 left to play. 

9:50 p.m. -- Baylor was leading by 25 at one point. Now, Oklahoma has tied it at 31-31. This sets up the Bears for another game that gives the fans a heart attack win. 

9:47 p.m. -- 5:25 4th: Sooner 31, Baylor 31, Hurts finds Willis ok play action on 3rd down to tie it. It’s been 24:38 since Baylor has scored 

9:32 p.m. -- File that under stuff you don’t see every day: Brkic fakes the onside and sends it deep  

9:31 p.m. -- All season, Baylor has been a 4th-quarter team and Oklahoma a 1st-quarter team. Tonight, they’ve done complete 180s.

9:30 p.m. -- 2:58 4th: Baylor 31, Sooners 24 These teams switch roles with a 20-yard TD. Oklahoma is on a 21-3 run since Brewer’s keeper to make it 28-3 late 2nd quarter 

9:29 p.m. -- Baylor has not scored a point since 3 seconds before halftime. They have to answer on this drive. 

9:27 p.m. -- Oklahoma scores from 20 yards out and we have ourselves a brand new ballgame. Baylor 31, Oklahoma 24 with 12:58 remaining in the 4th qtr. 

9:26 p.m. -- Ruling on the field is Hurts picked up the first down. It’s close and now it’s under review. Both wing officials said he had it. 

9:25 p.m. -- Hurts just gets the 1st down. OU now in the red zone, threatening to make this a one score game. Officials will review the previous play. 

9:24 p.m. -- 13:39 4th: Timeout Baylor, Sooners have 4th & 1 at the BU 21 and appear to be going for it. OU subbed Austin Stogner in, he’s got both OU TD’s tonight 

9:18 a.m. -- End 3rd: Baylor 31, Sooners 17. Oklahoma has it 1st down at the Bears' 30

9:10 p.m. -- 2:57 3rd: Baylor punts for just the second time tonight. Sooners set up at their 10 after a massive Bear bounce

What a turn of events for Baylor! OU was inches away from making this a 7 point game. Now the Bears are trying to make this a 3-score game.  

9:05 p.m. -- Hurts fumbles at the goal line and James Lynch recovers. Baylor ball at the 35 after a penalty on Oklahoma 

8:49 p.m. -- :16 3rd: Baylor 31, Sooner 17 Hurts to Austin Stogner on the score, capping a 5:44 drive to open the half

Baylor defense stepping up BIG time inside the 5. It's now 3rd & Goal for the Sooners at the 3-yard line

8:47 p.m. -- Oklahoma gets a huge play from Hurts to Rambo. OU down at Baylor's 3-yard line

HALF: Baylor 31, Sooners 10 John Mayers kicks a 28-yard FG with :03 left in the 2nd. OU will receive your start the 3rd

8:16 p.m. -- 0:41 2nd: Timeout Baylor 2nd & 4 BU at the Sooners 22 

8:13 p.m. -- 1:07 2nd: Timeout Baylor3rd & 11 at the Sooners 41 

8:10 p.m. -- Denzel Mims is limping off the field

8:07 p.m. -- 5:06 2nd: #Baylor 28, #Sooners 10 Hurts to Stogner on the 5-yard TD

8:05 p.m. --  5:13 2nd: Timeout Sooners, OU 3rd & Goal at the Baylor 5.

7:55 p.m.-- 2nd: Timeout Sooners OU has 4th & 5 at the Baylor 33. If they kick it, it would be a 50-yarder.

7:45 p.m. -- 11:02 2nd: #Baylor 28, #Sooners

Grayland Arnold intercepts Jalen Hurts and returns it inside the OU 10. Brewer scores on the next play. BU has scored 28 unanswered.

7:43 p.m. -- Grayland Arnold picks it off and runs it into the red zone.

This is the first time #Baylor has scored three times in the first half since Week 4 at Rice. #Baylor won 21-13, with all 21 in the first half. The most recent multi-score first half was at #OKstate. Rice was also their most recent with multiple 1H TD’s

14:56 2nd: #Baylor 21, #Sooners 3 Brewer on the keeper from 4, he’s wearing the cape with all 3 BU TD’s. Does anyone know what the actual heck is happening in Waco, right now? #Big12FB @KCENSports @6NewsCTX

Terrel Bernard, after recovering the Hurts fumble is headed back the tunnel to the locker room with a trainer

End 1st: Baylor 14, Sooners 3

7:28 p.m. -- Jalen Hurts fumbles and on the next play Brewer gets the Bears to the OU 4 .

7:20 p.m. -- Charlie Brewer goes 30 yards to his favorite target, Denzel Mims for the score, capitalizing on an OU punt. This Bears team is on a level we haven’t seen this season.

7:07 p.m. -- RJ Sneed makes a sweet catch over the middle and a flag gets thrown on OU’s White for Targeting. Replay overturns. First down Baylor at the Sooners 36.

#Baylor picks up a first down but is forced to punt on its opening drive.

The Sooners won the toss but deferred to Baylor. Baylor received and defended the north endzone.

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