Coverage: Fox Sports Net
7:00 PM ET, October 22, 2005
Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK), Norman, OK
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Lying in a stadium tunnel, Juaquin Iglesias had no way to celebrate his touchdown catch in double overtime. He just knew he'd put his Oklahoma Sooners in position for a victory.
Iglesias caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rhett Bomar to lift Oklahoma to a 37-30 win Saturday night against Baylor and maintain the Sooners' perfect record in the series.
"I didn't know what to do," Iglesias said. "I ran and I fell in the tunnel. I was just really excited to catch the ball."
A freshman receiver, Iglesias hadn't caught a pass in regulation or in the first overtime period, but when he lined up against one-on-one coverage, he couldn't help but get excited.
"I felt like the ball was coming to me, and it did," Iglesias said.
After catching the ball in the right side of the end zone, Iglesias ran out of bounds and slipped in a tunnel.
The Bears' hopes for their first win against Oklahoma ended when Shawn Bell's fourth-down pass fell incomplete. The Sooners rushed out onto the field in jubilation, and Baylor players walked to the locker room with their helmets in their hands.
"It was a good win," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "Any win is a good win."
A roughing the passer penalty against Geoff Nelson on Bomar's touchdown pass meant the Bears had to start their double overtime possession at the 40-yard line instead of the 25. Bell threw a 5-yard pass to Shaun Rochon on first down, but then threw three straight incompletions to end the game.
"I don't like to lose and I don't like to lose in that way -- and I don't mean overtime," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "Our kids played well enough and were tough enough to get back in the game and take it to overtime.
"It's just all this dumb stuff that we're doing to ourselves. That's what I hate about it. The fumbles, the penalties, the mistakes and the tackles -- we just got to get that stuff stopped."
The win moved the Sooners (4-3, 3-1 Big 12) above .500 for the first time this season and continued an undefeated streak against Baylor, which has lost all 15 games against Oklahoma in a series dating back to 1901. It was the first double overtime game Oklahoma has played.
The Bears (4-3, 1-3) rallied from 11 points down to pull within two on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Bell to Dominique Zeigler with 1:17 left. Bell then scrambled for the 2-point conversion to tie it.
A desperation pass by Bomar fell incomplete as time expired in regulation, and the teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime period.
After consecutive runs by Jacob Gutierrez to start the second overtime, Bomar dropped back on third-and-6 and found Iglesias in the right corner of the end zone.
The completion gave him a career-high 269 passing yards and the Sooners the win.
"We hung in there, and we came through in the end when it counted," said Bomar, who was 24-for-42 passing and had two interceptions in addition to the touchdown.
With Adrian Peterson out with a sprained ankle and backup Kejuan Jones suspended, Gutierrez was forced to make his first start at tailback. He found out he'd be the starter only hours before kickoff, but amassed 173 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. He'd had only 65 yards on 14 career carries entering the game.
"You never know what's going to happen or when you'll need to play," Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez, a 5-foot-6 sophomore who'd started once before at slot receiver, had touchdown runs of 7 and 28 yards as the Sooners scored 24 points in the second quarter. After Baylor took an early 6-0 lead, the Sooners scored on four consecutive possessions and appeared to be in control with a 24-13 halftime lead.
Shaun Rochon, who had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown earlier in the game, pulled the Bears within 24-19 late in the third quarter when he caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Bell. Rochon caught the ball at the 5, spun out of Chijioke Onyenegecha's tackle and walked into the end zone.
Bell finished with 228 yards and three touchdowns on 20-for-44 passing, and Zeigler had 141 yards on nine catches.
Garrett Hartley stretched Oklahoma's lead to 27-19 with a 25-yard field goal with 9:17 to play, and Baylor went three-and-out on its next possession. Colin Allred gave the Bears a chance when he forced a Gutierrez fumble with 2:39 to play and Julian Hill recovered at the Bears 18.
On a third-and-10, Bell found Zeigler deep down the middle, where he had beaten safety Lewis Baker and lofted the ball into his arms.
"That was just a perfectly thrown ball by Shawn Bell and I just came down with the catch," Zeigler said. "It was there earlier in the game, but sometimes we're just not on the same page. When crunch time came, we got on the same page and made the play."
In overtime, Baylor struck first with a 20-yard field goal by Ryan Havens, but Oklahoma tied the game again on Hartley's 39-yarder.