Saturday, October 29, 2011
Halftime: Oklahoma State 35, Baylor 0
By David Ubben
STILLWATER, Okla.--What a half. Absolutely unbelievable.
Baylor's reached Oklahoma State territory five times and hasn't scored once. The team looked pretty defeated on its walk into the locker room, and understandably so. This team is getting beaten, but it shouldn't be this bad.
Oklahoma State leads, 35-0.
Time for some analysis.
Turning point: Baylor drove 69 yards on its opening drive, but was stuffed on the goal line after five runs by Terrance Ganaway inside the five-yard line. Oklahoma State marched 99 yards to answer with a score, and that's been the story of the half.
Stat of the half: Baylor has 248 yards of offense and has reached Oklahoma State territory on five occasions. It's turned the ball over three times on those possessions and hasn't forced a single turnover. OSU wins the turnover battle (+18 on the season now) and that's been the case today.
Best player in the half: Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State. He's had a huge day. His eight carries have gone for 111 yards and three scores, including a 62-yard run.
Best call: Facing a 4th-and-10 and needing a spark, Baylor faked a punt and completed a 21-yard pass from former quarterback-turned-linebacker Brody Trahan to Jerod Monk and reached OSU territory. The offense was stuffed on fourth down later that drive, though.
What Baylor needs to do: The offense has come down with a case of the drops, and the defense hasn't pressured Brandon Weeden enough. Fix both of those things and this game might swing in their favor, or at least close. The offense has to find a rhythm and the defense needs big plays.
What Oklahoma State needs to do: Let Baylor into the OSU red zone as often as possible. Only good things can happen, right?