This weekend the Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) Sooners upset the Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) Cowboys 33-24 destroying all hope of OSU capturing a Big 12 title.
Quarterback Blake Bell had a big game after replacing injured starting quarterback, Trevor Knight, in the second half. Bell was 10 of 16 for 140 yards throwing one touchdown. Bell ended the game by leading Oklahoma on a game-winning 66-yard drive in the last few minutes. Thanks to the Sooners’ special teams Oklahoma was able to stay close in scoring with OSU. Wide receiver, Jalen Saunders, returned a punt for a 64-yard touchdown in the first half and kicker, Michael Hunnicutt, caught a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt. With this win, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is now 8-1 in his career against Oklahoma State and head coach Mike Gundy.
Oklahoma State was the leader for much of the game until finally falling behind for the first time early in the fourth quarter when the Sooners’ kicker, Michael Hunnicutt, kicked a 39-yard field goal to go up 20-17. With under two minutes to go in the fourth quarter it looked like the Cowboys had secured a victory as they were up 24-20. However, OU’s Blake Bell led the Sooners down the field with a touchdown drive where he found Saunders in the corner of the end zone. By then, it was too late as the Cowboys’ final attempt to win the game was a desperate play with a series of laterals that resulted in a fumble allowing OU to score once again.
Soon afterwards, the Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) Bears smashed the Texas (8-4, 7-2 Big 12) Longhorns 30-10 in Waco to win the Big 12 title.
It marks the first time in Baylor history that they have an 11-win season and they are now going to the Fiesta Bowl. Bryce Petty was 21 of 37 for 287 yards throwing two touchdowns. Going into halftime it looked as though the Bears had met their match as the score remained tied at 3-3. However, after halftime, the offensive mean machine was back in full motion all the way to their 30-10 victory. The dream has now become the reality for Baylor as they are now headed to a BCS game as the Big 12 champions.
It was a bitter defeat for Texas as about the same time the game had started Oklahoma was wrapping up its upset victory over OSU, which now gave Texas the chance to compete for the Big 12 title. However, on this day, the Longhorns didn’t stand a chance. The cold temperatures seemed to have had an effect on both Baylor and Texas in the first half, but it was Baylor that adjusted the best in the second. Speculation has now resurfaced recently about Mack Brown’s departure as the head-coach for the Texas Longhorns. CBS reports that by the end of this week Mack Brown will release an official statement declaring whether or not he will return as head-coach for next season.
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