Oklahoma State Cowboys' Defense Suffocates Baylor Bears In Upset Victory

By Joseph Lisi
Oklahoma State
Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Bears had not won a road game against a top-25 team since 1991 and on Saturday, the team had the perfect opportunity to erase the trend against the no. 10 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Baylor was sitting at no. 4 in the country with a perfect 9-0 record and was hoping to dominate in order to have an opportunity at a possible BCS National Championship berth. However, the Bears were dismantled by a very physical Oklahoma State Cowboys team that dominated the game from start to finish en route to a 49-17 blowout victory.

Baylor entered the game averaging 684 yards of total offense per game and was ranked first in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 61.2 points per game. However, the Bears could not get into a rhythm early on against the athletic defensive front of Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were able to fill the gaps and shut down the running lanes of the Bears’ prolific rushing attack. Baylor was averaging 300 rushing yards per game entering this contest, but the speedy linebackers of the Cowboys held the Bears to 67 total yards in the first quarter as Oklahoma State built a 35-3 halftime lead.

Oklahoma State’s defense forced the tempo and held Baylor to 94 total rushing yards on 36 carries (2.6 yards per carry) on the night. The lack of success of the running game forced the Bears to become one-dimensional. Oklahoma State was able to dial up blitz packages that forced Bears quarterback Bryce Petty into throwing quick routes. The Cowboys forced Baylor to methodically work down the field and did not give up the deep ball to the Bears’ wide receivers.

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer did a fantastic job of mixing up his play-calling and keeping Petty guessing all night. Petty, who was considered a possible Heisman trophy candidate, was tormented all evening by the aggressiveness of the Cowboys’ linebackers and secondary. The Bears were held to 453 total yards and had limited possessions as they held the ball for 24:37.

Oklahoma State had been very opportunistic this season and had created 26 turnovers through 10 games (19 interceptions, seven fumble recoveries) entering this matchup. The Cowboys were a +13 in turnover margin on the year and won the battle against the Bears (3-0) on Saturday night.

The Cowboys were able to put the Bears into third-and-long situations, which put pressure on the Bears’ offensive line to protect Petty. The Bears converted on 7-of-18 third down conversions (38.8 percent) and managed 7.5 yards per passing play. Cowboys safety Daytawion Lowe led the team with 10 total tackles and was the emotional leader of the defense. Oklahoma State created six tackles for loss and continued to harass the Bears even when the game was out of reach.

The victory moved Oklahoma State moved to 10-1 and 7-1 in the Big 12. Baylor fell to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12.

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