WACO, Texas — Oklahoma rallied from a 25-point deficit to knock off Baylor 34-31 on Saturday. It was the largest comeback in school history. The Sooners played without receiver CeeDee Lamb, who was held out with an undisclosed injury. He was suited out in uniform on the sideline. OU's Gabe Brkic kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:45 left to allow his team to retake the lead. The Sooners trailed 28-3 early in the second quarter and 31-17 to start the fourth quarter. The Sooners' Nik Bonitto intercepted Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer with 34 seconds left to seal the comeback. OU got a 39-yard field goal on its first series to take a 3-0 lead, but things went down hill quickly from there. The Bears scored 28 straight points to build a 28-3 advantage. Brewer scored on runs of 2 and 4 yards, while hitting Denzel Mims TD passes of 30 and 9 yards. But the Sooners dominated the second half, holding Baylor to just four offensive plays in the third quarter. The OU offense got on track, scoring on touchdown drives of 74, 90 and 77 yards to tie the game. A third Sooners second-half drive of 51 yards ended at the Baylor goalline after a Jalen Hurts fumble. The Sooners, No. 10 in this week's College Football Playoff top 25, moved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12. OU nearly blew a 21-point second-half lead against Iowa State last week. Baylor, 13th, fell to 9-1 and 6-1.
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First down | Story of the game
Slow start, incredible rally The Oklahoma offense struggled to produce because of a lack of rhythm and a flurry of turnovers before catching fire in the second half. The result was 368 yards and three touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters, and Gabe Brkic connected on a 31-yard field goal with less than two minutes left. — Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
Second down | Matchup that mattered
Defense ultimately comes up big After surrendering 31 points and 238 yards in the first half, the Sooners held Baylor to no points and 69 yards after halftime. OU also forced two turnovers, including the game-winning interception from Nik Bonitto on the final drive. — Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
Third down | Game MVP
OU quarterback Jalen Hurts Despite miscues that included an interception and two costly lost fumbles, Hurts choreographed the comeback with his second-half performance. He finished with 297 passing yards for four touchdowns and added 114 rushing yards. — Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
Fourth down | What’s next
Sooners face TCU in home finale On Saturday, OU will host a TCU team that defeated Texas Tech 33-31 on Saturday to move to 5-5 on the season. The Sooners have prevailed in 19 consecutive games played in November. — Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
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NO. 10 OKLAHOMA AT NO. 12 BAYLOR 6:30 p.m. Saturday, McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas TV: ABC Radio: KMOD-97.5, KTBZ-1430 Records: Oklahoma 8-1, 5-1 in Big 12; Baylor 9-0, 6-0 Last meeting: The Sooners defeated Baylor 66-33 in Norman on Sept. 29, 2018. All-time series: Oklahoma leads 25-3.
FOX23 James Aydelott's forecast: Mostly clear. Kickoff, 51°.
First down | Top storyline
Survival of the fittest Both teams have College Football Playoff hopes alive, but a Saturday setback would likely end those dreams for the loser. Oklahoma cannot play with ease after getting a big lead — which has happened in back-to-back weeks — and needs to play a four-quarter game. Baylor will be looking to find offensive answers after managing just two touchdowns in regulation over the past two weeks. Baylor has played well in the second half while OU has struggled late in games. — Eric Bailey, Tulsa World
Second down | Key matchup
Oklahoma’s offensive line vs. Baylor’s defense line Baylor has an impressive 29 sacks in only nine games after having 25 last season. Seventeen of this year’s sacks have come in the last five games. Defensive lineman James Lynch has 5.5 sacks in the last six games and leads the conference with 8.5 this season. OU’s offensive line has struggled with protection at times this season and right tackle Adrian Ealy’s status is unknown right now. Something to watch: Can Baylor create havoc with a three-man front? If so, it could be a long day for Oklahoma. — Eric Bailey, Tulsa World
Third down | Player to watch
QB Jalen Hurts The quarterback had big numbers last week, but made some critical mental mistakes which aided the Iowa State comeback. Hurts needs to cut down on bad throws (he had two incomplete passes that could have been pick-6s last week) and get the ball to more playmakers besides CeeDee Lamb. Will OU get the ball to running back Kennedy Brooks more or depend on Hurts to continue to make plays with his feet? — Eric Bailey, Tulsa World
Fourth down | Who wins and why
A stressful six-point win for OU From Bill Haisten: After Kansas State mustered only 13 points and 244 total yards against Oklahoma State, no one believed the Wildcats could keep up in a shootout with Oklahoma. K-State won 48-41 over the Sooners, whose defense regressed that week and followed with a poor second half against Iowa State. The OU defense may once again have become a liability, intensifying the pressure on Jalen Hurts to get points at the end of every possession. In Waco, Texas, two years ago, Baker Mayfield’s three TD passes and a 342-yard Sooners run game carried Oklahoma to a 49-41 victory. That Baylor team finished 1-11. Now, in a hostile environment, OU is matched with an unbeaten Baylor squad. In a game that has Big 12 Championship game and College Football Playoff implications, Sooners fans would love to see a 51-21 type of win. Instead, there will be more stress, more defensive mistakes and a 44-38 Sooners victory.
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