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Bears fall to Oklahoma State's overwhelming offense

Nov. 9, 2010

Associated Press
No. 24 Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway scores past No. 11 Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis in the second half of Saturday's game in Stillwater, Okla. Baylor lost 55-28, scoring all 28 points in the second half.

By Chris Derrett
Sports Editor

It was not the outcome they expected, coach Art Briles said Monday after his team dropped a 55-28 decision at Oklahoma State on Saturday. The game came down to three things.

"Momentum, turnovers and field position," Briles said. "You've got to win them and if you don't win two out of those three, then you are in trouble. And we didn't win any of them."

Sophomre quarterback Robert Griffin's 267 passing yards and senior running back Jay Finley's 91 on the ground were not enough as the Bears suffered from three costly first-half turnovers en route to their first loss in three games.

"It was definitely frustrating. That describes the whole day; it was pretty much just frustrating," Griffin said.

After Baylor's opening drive stalled at midfield, Oklahoma State drove to within the 10-yard line and settled for a field goal. It was a lead the Cowboys would never concede.

The Bears' ensuing drive looked promising with a patented horizontal pass to freshman wide receiver Josh Gordon, but Gordon fumbled at his team's own 37-yard line. It took Oklahoma State six plays and 2:05 to build a 10-0 lead on Justin Blackmon's 5-yard touchdown reception.

Down 17-0, the Bears best chance to score in the first half was spoiled when Finley lost the football while fighting for extra yardage at the Cowboys' 18-yard line. Oklahoma State used the resulting possession for another touchdown.

Griffin turned the ball over one last time before the halftime gun, throwing into Johnny Thomas' hands just outside of the red zone.

"We just have to clear it [from our memory]. We can't dwell on the loss. If we do, we'll bring that into next week and won't play well, so we've just got to go in this week and practice and not think about it," defensive tackle Phil Taylor said.

Baylor's offense finally showed signs of life in the second half. In addition to a fumble recovery leading to a one-play touchdown drive, the Bears went 87 and 80 yards for two more scores. Finley and junior running back Terrance Ganaway capped the long drives, Finley surging nine yards and Ganaway bursting 28 across the goal line.

"For the offense to go out there and put up 28 points in the second half, that was big, whether anybody outside of Baylor University's football team believes that," Griffin said.

Despite the positivity from the touchdown drives, the defense remains disappointed with its performance. Safety Byron Landor said he walked out of the film room when initially watching footage from Saturday's game.

"I feel like the secondary was a lot [to] blame for the game. I don't think we did a good job of stopping their receivers, at all. I take a lot of blame for the game. I don't think we were prepared enough," Landor said. "I'll use that frustration as motivation to come out this week and compete at the highest and best of my ability."

Baylor allowed 725 yards of total offense, the most allowed to an opponent in school history.

But with a game against rival Texas A&M in Waco this Saturday, the team says all attention has turned to the Battle of the Brazos.

"I've honestly forgot about the loss. It's one of those things that's hard on you, but you forget about it," Landor said.