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Defense Delivers, Sooners Squash Bears

Defense Delivers, Sooners Squash Bears

Heading into Saturday’s game, all signs pointed to a huge shootout between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Baylor Bears. Las Vegas odds makers set the over/under at a whopping 79 points, but only one team answered the call.

Lucky for Sooner fans, it was OU. The Home team delivered its best defensive performance of the season, in route to a 45-24 victory. Though Baylor totaled 504 offensive yards, only 36 less than their season average, they were held to just 24 points, which is way below the 40 they’ve averaged in 2016.

What was encouraging for the OU defense wasn’t just that they held down the country’s 5th ranked offense, but that they also did something they haven’t done much of all season: make plays. Jordan Evans led the way for the Sooners. The senior had arguably the best game of his college career. He racked up 9 tackles, and became the first Sooner ever to have 2 sacks and 2 interceptions in the same game.

Again, the defensive effort wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t need to be. That is because OU’s offense continues to hum like a well-oiled machine. The return of the dynamic duo, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, made life miserable for the Bears. The two both ran for over 100 yards.

Dede Westbrook also continued his fantastic Big 12 campaign. He only had 4 receptions, but was still able to rack up 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns, which will help him on his quest for conference player of the year.

After an 8-0 start, Baylor has now lost three games in a row, and appears to be crumbling under the pressure of nationwide scrutiny.

Meanwhile, the Sooners have won seven in a row, and have their sights set on a conference championship. However, that won’t be easy. Next week, they have a trip to Morgantown scheduled, for a matchup with the 8-1 West Virginia Mountaineers. Then, they’ll finish their season in Norman, against rival Oklahoma State.

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