Sooners run past Bears in final gameNov. 22, 2004
By DREW WILLIAMSON, sports writer
The Baylor football team closed out the 2004 season on Saturday, falling to the University of Oklahoma 35-0.
The No. 2-ranked Sooners, rallying behind freshman running back Adrian Peterson, proved to be too much for the Bears. Peterson
After a slow first quarter, Oklahoma quarterback Jason White was able to find receiver Travis Wilson in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass just before halftime.
Trailing 14-0 at the half, the Bears felt they were still in the game. However, the Sooners showed their prowess in the second half by using their talent up front to dominate the line of scrimmage. Oklahoma took the ball 80 yards in only five plays in the opening drive of the third quarter to make the score 21-0.
"We were pretty excited at halftime, only down by 14," head Coach Guy Morriss said. "Unfortunately exactly what we didn't need to happen, happened to us. The difference in the big guys really began to show and they just started to pound on us."
The Sooners then scored on short runs by Peterson on their next two possessions of the second half to put the game out of reach at 35-0 with 12 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Peterson, who was held to only 58 yards on the ground against Nebraska last week, broke the game open with his feet, and drew rave reviews from the Bears.
"I think he's one of the best backs in the nation right now," sophomore safety Maurice Linguist said. "To me, he just has that vision, he's got size and speed, which don't hurt at all, but he can always see the hole."
The Baylor offense was never able to get going, as it produced a season-low 156 total yards of offense. Morriss credited most of the trouble to not being able to control the line of scrimmage.
"In the early parts of the game I felt we would get something going and then we'd have a breakdown, and most of the breakdowns were up front, I think we gave up four or five sacks in the first half," Morriss said. "We've had trouble running the football, and today we couldn't throw the football because we couldn't control the line or handle the pass rush."
Redshirt freshman Terrance Parks, who made his first career start at quarterback, finished the day 14-22 for 130 yards in the air, but was never able to utilize his mobility, as the Sooners were able to pressure him all day and ended up with seven sacks.
Morriss said that going into the spring, the quarterback position, along with every other position will be wide open for competition.
One of the few bright spots on the day for the Bears was senior wide receiver Marques Roberts. Playing in his final game in a Baylor uniform, Roberts finished with five catches for 80 yards, including a one-handed grab that left the whole crowd in awe.
"Terrance just made a good throw and I wanted to make a play to keep us in the game," Roberts said. "That's probably the best catch I've ever made when it counts in a game."
The Bears finished the season 3-8 overall and 1-7 in conference play. Although the record is somewhat disappointing, the Bears are still optimistic about turning around a struggling football program, and look forward to getting started next season.
"I think we have a really big upside," Linguist said. "I know you keep hearing that from a lot of people, but I believe that with all my heart. We have a really good team coming back next year; we have some freshmen that are going to be good. I think we're going to be ready to ball."