WACO, Texas (AP) -- Bob Stoops isn't having a tough time dealing
with Oklahoma's turnovers, not when the players making the mistakes
are also scoring touchdowns.
Plus, the 16th-ranked Sooners have a six-game winning streak and
are still in contention for the Big 12 South title after overcoming
five miscues Saturday in a 36-10 victory at Baylor.
"I thought we played well. We executed. That's the pleasing
part," Stoops said. "There's a bunch of young guys that are
moving the football in a good way. ... If we can learn to finish
with two hands and not let the ball go, we'll be in great shape."
Malcolm Kelly had a touchdown catch and an incredible grab to
keep alive another scoring drive by Oklahoma (9-2, 6-1 Big 12). But
the sophomore was running down the sideline on his way to another
apparent long TD play when he dropped the ball trying to fend off a
Reggie Smith, another sophomore, returned one of his two
interceptions 42 yards for a touchdown and set up another TD with
his other. Third-string freshman tailback Chris Brown ran 24 times
for 169 yards and a score.
But Baylor (4-8, 3-5) got its only scores after fumbles by Smith
(who lost two punt returns) and Brown.
"We are young, but we know better than that," said Brown,
whose fumble in the fourth quarter was returned for Baylor's only
"I guess it's a good day because of a win," Kelly said. "But
we need more self discipline. ... Securing the ball more than
Oklahoma has won all 16 games in its series against Baylor that
dates back to 1901.
The Sooners, who have a Stoops-era low 11 seniors, got an
unexpected reprieve in the Big 12 race when Texas was upset at
Kansas State last weekend. If the Longhorns lose again Friday
against Texas A&M, the Sooners could win the South title by beating
their state rival, Oklahoma State, the next day.
"I think there will be a lot of us cheering for A&M,"
defensive end Alonzo Dotson said.
Texas was the last team to beat Oklahoma, so the Longhorns have
the division tiebreaker if both teams win -- or lose -- their regular
Dotson had two of Oklahoma's five sacks, including a safety
against Blake Szymanski in Oklahoma's 23-point outburst in the
first 9½ minutes after halftime.
Kelly fumbled at the end of a 57-yard gain in the first quarter.
That was one of three turnovers by the Sooners in the first half,
when their only two touchdowns came only 69 seconds apart.
The next catch for Kelly was his 21-yard TD on the opening
possession after halftime. Kelly finished with five catches for 115
yards, a week after he tied the school record with 11 catches.
After Dotson's safety, Juaquin Iglesias returned the ensuing
free kick 88 yards for a TD to make it 36-3 with 5:30 left in the
"We couldn't find any rhythm. We were just really out of
synch," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "That was probably the
best defense we've seen. I know it was the fastest."
Baylor was held to a season-low 140 total yards, with minus-48
yards rushing -- the lowest ever by the Bears and the second-best
effort ever by Oklahoma.
The Sooners had 236 yards rushing even with Adrian Peterson
still sidelined with a broken collarbone and Allen Patrick missing
his second straight game with a sore ankle. Brown made his first
start after scoring twice in the fourth quarter of last week's
comeback victory over Texas Tech.
Paul Thompson (12-of-19 for 178 yards) threw a 10-yard touchdown
pass to Joe Jon Finley with 5:23 left in the first quarter, on the
drive that Kelly had two third-down catches. After a 15-yard grab
for a down, Kelly was cutting across the middle on another third
down when he reached back to make a one-handed grab of a pass
thrown behind him.
Baylor then had only two plays before Smith's interception
return made it 13-0.
Smith's botched punt on the ensuing possession was recovered by
Braelon Davis at the Oklahoma 24. Ryan Havens kicked a 38-yard
Davis also recovered the fumble by Kelly, when he dropped the
ball at the Baylor 10, and returned the fumble by Brown 56 yards
for a touchdown.
Szymanski, the freshman starter who lost the last three games
after record-setting starter Shawn Bell tore a knee ligament, was
22-of-45 for 188 yards with the two interceptions. He lost 61 yards
on the five sacks.
"Losing Shawn hurt us because he was our leader," Morriss
said. "At the same time, though, you can find a million excuses
The Bears finished their 11th straight losing season, their
fourth under Morriss.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... After OU exploded for 23 unanswered points in the third quarter -- including a safety and 88-yard kick return in a 16-second span.
Gameball goes to... Chris Brown. The Sooners' RB, filling in for the injured Adrian Peterson, ran for 169 yards and scored a touchdown.
Stat of the game... 16-0. The Sooners have never lost to Baylor in a series that actually dates back to 1901.