WACO, Texas – Oklahoma continued its hopes for the College Football playoffs by making its biggest comeback victory in school history. The bears lost for the first time this season and dropped out of the McLane with a 34:31 win Stadium.
The performance was also the best against a CFP team in the playoff era. Since 2014, the teams with a combined gap of 0 to 162 points were 25 or more points behind a team with CFP rankings. The 21-point halftime deficit that has overcome Oklahoma is the largest that a team has overcome to beat a FBS team that has come into play since the start of the NCAA classification in 1937, 9-0 or better.
"There is always a way," said Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts afterwards. "And I think we really believe that, I know you did not think we would come back and win."
The Sooners (9-1), who were without main receiver and ESPN All-American in the middle season CeeDee Lamb dug a big hole and stuttered offensively in the first half. Lamb, who holds the nation's lead with 13 touchdowns, has been banned by Lincoln Riley for a "medical decision".
Lamb's status for Sooners' next game, November 23, against TCU, is unclear, Riley said.
Without lamb, Hurts struggled early, throwing only 80 yards and turning the ball twice in the first half. Baylor (9-1) led 28-3 at one time and 31-10 in half.
Oklahoma's defense, which allowed 89 points in the previous two games of the Sooners, made a big turn and closed Baylor in the second half and come with two wins. The sales ended a drought that the Sooners had come into play after they had not won since September 28, a victory over Texas Tech.
"Man, it was a great relief to see a good swing halfway," said Cornerback Parnell Motley, who forced Baylor's first sales. "Things did not go our way at the beginning of the game, people doubted us, turned their heads and probably turned off the TV … But we kept our heads in the game, we did not give up, we knew it would It was a long game and we just kept fighting. "