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BIG 12 ROUNDUP

No. 1 Oklahoma Takes Care of Baylor

November 16, 2003|From Associated Press

Jason White hit the turf again and again after vicious hits. The Oklahoma quarterback slowly got up off the ground and trotted to the sideline as the sound of boos could be heard from the restless crowd.

A season-long run of dominance by the Sooners was finally interrupted by some sloppiness in the second half.

White threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and the Sooner defense didn't give up a touchdown for the third consecutive week to lift No. 1 Oklahoma to an inconsistent 41-3 victory over Baylor on Saturday at Norman, Okla.

"In the second half, we just didn't come out and play," White said. "That's something we've had trouble with in other games."

The Sooners, 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12, clinched the Big 12 South Division title, earning a spot in the Dec. 6 conference championship game for the third time in four years. Oklahoma remains on track for a berth in the Sugar Bowl, the site of the national title game.

White, the nation's leader in passing efficiency, had all of his touchdown passes in the first half as the Sooners rolled up 260 yards of offense and took a 34-3 lead. White set the school's season record for touchdown passes with 36, breaking Josh Heupel's mark of 33 in 1999.

In the second half, however, the Baylor (3-8, 1-6) defense, which came in ranked 109th out of 117 Division I-A teams, sacked White five times, knocked him down several more times and held the Sooners to seven first downs and 104 yards.

There were even a sprinkling of boos heard from the crowd of 82,117 early in the third quarter, likely the result of fans not accustomed to seeing such sloppiness from Oklahoma this season.

No. 6 Texas 43, Texas Tech 40 -- Chance Mock connected with B.J. Johnson on a nine-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left at Austin, keeping the Longhorns in the hunt for a BCS bowl.

Mock, who began the season as the starter for Texas (9-2, 6-1), relieved Vince Young after Texas Tech (7-4, 4-3) took a 40-35 lead on Taurean Henderson's third touchdown run of the night.

Faced with 86 yards to cover with 1:57 on the clock and no timeouts, Mock ran Texas' two-minute offense to perfection.

Tech spoiled Texas' BCS hopes with an upset win in Lubbock last year and nearly did it again with 527 yards of total offense. Henderson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Tech rallied from a 14-point deficit, and B.J. Symons passed for 365 yards and three touchdowns.

Keith Toogood, who had two extra points blocked, missed wide left on a 48-yard field goal attempt to tie as time expired.

Oklahoma St. 44, Kansas 21 -- Vernand Morency replaced the injured Tatum Bell and rushed for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns at Stillwater, Okla.

Morency scored on runs of 19, six and five yards to help the Cowboys (8-3, 4-3) rebound from consecutive blowout losses to Texas and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State scored 21 points in the third quarter to pull away from Kansas after leading, 16-10, at halftime. Kansas (5-6, 2-5) must beat Iowa State next week to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1995.

Kansas quarterback Adam Barmann, making his third start for the injured Bill Whittemore, hurt his right ankle in the first quarter. In his place, Brian Luke completed 22 of 38 passes for 193 yards.

Missouri 45, Texas A&M 22 -- Brad Smith bounced back from a four-turnover game with 136 yards rushing and three touchdowns and no giveaways at Columbia, Mo.

Smith, a sophomore, became the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in two seasons and had scoring runs of seven, 19 and nine yards. Zack Abron had 141 yards in 20 carries and a two-yard run to break the school record for career touchdowns and scoring for Missouri (7-3, 3-3). Texas A&M (4-7, 2-5) will finish with a losing record for the first time since 1982.

Colorado 44, Iowa St. 10 -- Joel Klatt threw two touchdowns passes and Brian Calhoun ran for two more scores at Ames, Iowa. Klatt, who completed 21 of 27 passes for 288 yards, threw a 42-yard scoring pass to D.J. Hackett and a 20-yarder to John Donahoe.

Colorado (5-6, 3-4) led the Cyclones (2-8, 0-6) at halftime, 37-0.

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