NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and No. 14 Oklahoma beat Baylor 42-34 on Saturday to move Bob Stoops into sole possession of second place on the school’s career victory list.
Backup quarterback Blake Bell scored on a 55-yard keeper in the fourth quarter for the longest run by a quarterback in the Stoops era.
Lache Seastrunk ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns for Baylor (4-5-, 1-5 Big 12), the last score getting the Bears within eight with 1:26 to play after quarterback Nick Florence got in on the 2-point conversion.
LaColtan Bester recovered the ensuing onside kick, sealing the win for Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1).
Stoops moved past Bud Wilkinson with his 146th victory. He’s 11 wins shy of Barry Switzer’s school record of 157.
The Sooners never fully shook free of the Bears, who had lost four in a row prior to last week’s win against last-place Kansas.
Bell provided some breathing room with his big run out of the “Belldozer” short-yardage package — the longest for an Oklahoma quarterback since Patrick Fletcher in 1998 — that made it 42-26 with 14:14 remaining.
The Bears, who entered the game with the nation’s top overall offense and top passing attack, piled up 252 yards on the ground and became the fourth Sooners opponent to surpass 200 yards rushing. Florence had 83 yards and a score, to go with 172 yards on 12-for-33 passing with no interceptions, and Glasco Martin ran for 60 yards.
Baylor had a chance to tie it midway through the third quarter, after Seastrunk stretched the ball over the goal line on a 2-yard touchdown run to make it 28-26. But the Sooners snuffed out Jarred Salubi’s try for the tying 2-point conversion on an option pitch from Levi Norwood, who got the ball on a jet sweep handoff from Florence.
Jones then led Oklahoma on a 12-play, 75-yard drive that Damien Williams finished off with a 17-yard touchdown run right up the middle. The Sooners’ defense stiffened after that, forcing a three-and-out that set up Bell’s insurance run.
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Ash had a 61-yard touchdown pass to Mike Davis in the first quarter. Johnathan Gray ran for two touchdowns for the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), who won their fourth in a row.
Texas paid tribute during the game to Royal, who died Wednesday at age 88. Texas lined up in the wishbone, the formation Royal introduced to college football in 1968, on the Longhorn’s first play. Instead of a run, Texas ran a trick play that resulted in a 47-yard pass.
Steele Jantz passed for 133 yards for the Cyclones (5-5, 2-5) but was under constant pressure from the Texas defense.
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Chelf, a fourth-year junior, became the third starter at quarterback for the Cowboys (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) this season. Wes Lunt sat out after suffering an apparent concussion last week against Kansas State, and his backup, J.W. Walsh, is out with a knee injury.
Geno Smith completed 36 of 54 for 364 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers (5-4, 2-4), who gave up more than at least 55 points for the second time in two weeks. Stedman Bailey caught 14 of Smith’s passes for 225 yards and a score.
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