After playing every opponent close earlier this season, Baylor faced its biggest challenge of the season at No. 14 Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys’ potent offense was too much for Baylor in a 59-16 loss that was the Bears’ worst of the season.
It was the Bears’ sixth straight loss to start the season and their 12th in their last 13 games.
Baylor’s 0-6 start is its worst since going 0-10 in 1969.
Here are three observations about Saturday’s game:
1. Oklahoma State’s big-play offense was too much for Baylor
The Cowboys’ deep passing attack appeared to be primed to have much success against Baylor’s secondary, which ranked 111th nationally in pass efficiency defense and 123rd in pass interceptions coming into the game.
Once the game began, it was even worse than could have been expected.
Oklahoma State senior quarterback Mason Rudolph blistered Baylor for gains of 38, 45, 25, 33 and 40 yards in the first half alone. Throw in a 79-yard touchdown run by Justice Hill and it was easy to see why Oklahoma State erupted for 380 yards in the first half with less than 9 1/2 minutes in the first half.
Oklahoma State ended up gashing the Bears for 744 yards. It was the most allowed by the Bears since they were blistered for 807 yards by West Virginia on Sept. 29, 2012.
2. Time of possession meant little
Conventional thinking would have led most to believe that the longer Baylor could keep the ball away from Oklahoma State’s offense, the better.
Baylor kept the ball for nearly 36 minutes and it really didn’t matter.
After Baylor forced a punt and a fumble on Oklahoma State’s first two possessions, the Cowboys scored touchdowns on their next five touchdowns to blow the game open. None of the drives took more than 2 minutes, 21 seconds. And five of their touchdown drives took less than 2 minutes.
3. Baylor likely found a punter
With regular punter Drew Galitz sidelined for the season with a knee injury, the Bears turned to Connor Martin for his first full game on Saturday.
And at least after Saturday’s game, the one-time walk-on appears to be a keeper.
He boomed punts of 58 and 54 yards and averaged 46.0 on 5 kicks for the game. His first punt resulted in a fumble which gave Baylor possession after the Bears jumped to an early 7-0 lead.
And for good measure, Martin also added field goals of 38, 40 and 29 yards.
There were few bright spots for the Bears Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. Martin’s kicking and punting was one of them.
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