Oklahoma has done its part to make a third-straight College Football Playoff appearance.
The Sooners put together an all-around complete performance against Baylor in Saturday’s Big 12 championship game to win 30-23 in overtime and make one final Playoff statement. Will it be enough to sneak in as the No. 4 seed?
Jalen Hurts completed 17 of 24 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown to one interception, adding 38 yards (and a fumble) on the ground. His favorite target on the day was Biletnikoff finalist CeeDee Lamb, who brought in a game-high eight receptions for 173 receiving yards. The tandem of Kennedy Brooks and Rhamondre Stevenson combined for 25 carries and 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Baylor was similarly valiant, especially after losing starter Charlie Brewer in the second quarter to what appeared to be a head injury. His backups, Gery Bohanon and Jacob Zeno, combined for 6-of-20 passing for 215 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was excellent as well, keeping Oklahoma to 433 total yards on the day. But in the end, Baylor couldn’t overcome a team that had been here before and knew how to win in crunch time.
Check out Sporting News’ updates, highlights and score changes from the 2019 Big 12 championship game:
Oklahoma vs. Baylor score
Oklahoma vs. Baylor scoring plays
9:31 — Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks 6-yard touchdown run (7-0 Oklahoma)
4:51 — Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic 44-yard field goal (10-0 Oklahoma)
10:20 — Baylor kicker John Mayers 44-yard field goal (10-3 Oklahoma)
2:59 — Baylor quarterback Gerry Bohanon 33-yard touchdown pass to Tyquan Thornton (10-10)
0:08 — Baylor kicker John Mayers 28-yard field goal (13-10 Baylor)
7:53 — Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic 24-yard field goal (13-13 Oklahoma)
3:09 — Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts 18-yard touchdown pass to Nick Basquine (20-13 Oklahoma)
10:31 — Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic 24-yard field goal (23-13 Oklahoma)
9:31 — Baylor quarterback Jacob Zeno 81-yard touchdown pass to Trestan Ebner (23-20 Oklahoma)
3:15 — Baylor kicker John Mayers 27-yard field goal (23-23)
Overtime — Rhamondre Stevenson 5-yard touchdown run (30-23 Oklahoma)
Oklahoma vs. Baylor updates, highlights
Final: Oklahoma 30, Baylor 23
3:47 p.m.: Final stats:
3:45 p.m.: And Oklahoma does it! The pressure gets to Zeno and he throws the ball harmlessly to the ground. The Sooners’ defense comes through in the clutch to win the Big 12 championship and give the team a shot at a third straight berth in the Playoff.
3:43 p.m.: And Zeno takes a huge sack for a 10-yard loss. It’s fourth-and-20 with the Big 12 championship and a shot at the Playoff on the line.
3:42 p.m.: Zeno’s second pass to Thornton falls incomplete. Third-and-10 upcoming.
3:40 p.m.: Zeno throws it away with two Oklahoma defenders right in his face. Second down.
3:38 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OKLAHOMA. Stevenson does the rest with a 5-yard run up the middle to make it 30-23 Oklahoma. Baylor needs a touchdown here to extend it.
3:37 p.m.: Hurts take the zone-read and powers ahead for 6 yards to the Baylor 5-yard line.
3:36 p.m.: Lamb gets a 2-yard reception but a facemask nets the Sooners another 15 yards. They have it first down at the 11.
3:36 p.m.: Baylor wins the toss and elects to go on defense. Here we go.
Fourth quarter: Oklahoma 23, Baylor 23
3:33 p.m.: Baylor just runs out the clock. On to overtime we go!
3:31 p.m.: Oklahoma punter Reeves Mundschau does his part, punting it 46 yards and downing it at the 1. Baylor has to be careful here.
3:28 p.m.: Hurts evades the pressure and hits Lamb in the zone again — but he drops it. The punt team comes on and Oklahoma must rely on their defense one more time.
3:28 p.m.: Oklahoma uses its second timeout of the half on third-and-3 from the Baylor 47. There’s 1:22 remaining in the game.
3:26 p.m.: Lamb rolls right and hits Lamb in the zone for a 31-yard gain and a first down. Sooners are driving at their 46.
3:23 p.m.: Both players get up and walk off the field. Oklhoma now has it first-and-20 at its 15-yard line.
3:21 p.m.: Oklahoma’s Brooks and Baylor’s Chris Miller are both down after a midfield collision. Brooks’ 11-yard rush is negated due to a holding call.
3:15 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, BAYLOR. Zeno rolls out right but can’t hit his target on third-and-3. Sooners defense holds and forces the field goal attempt. Mayers hits it from 27 yards out to tie it at 23 with 3:25 left.
3:13 p.m.: And Zeno with another big play! He connects with Kalon Barnes for an 80-yard catch-and-run all the way to Oklahoma’s 17-yard line. Zeno having no fear in the backfield right now.
3:08 p.m.: Zeno has no fear and zings it to Denzel Mims for his first reception of the day. At least, he would have if an O-lineman hadn’t been called for ineligible man downfield. Also: Rhule is angry at the call.
3:05 p.m.: Baylor’s defense holds strong just past midfield and forces a punt. The Bears will take over t their 10 with less than half a quarter remaining, down 23-20.
3:03 p.m.: Hurts connects with Stevenson, who sneaks out of the backfield for a 15-yard gain to Baylor’s 46-yard line.
2:58 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, BAYLOR. And Baylor responds! After Oklahoma’s Isaiah Thomas drops third-string quarterback Jacob Zeno for a 6-yard loss, Zeno responds with an 81-yard touchdown connection to Trestan Ebner to make it 23-20 Oklahoma.
2:53 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, OKLAHOMA. Again Baylor’s defense holds strong. Hurts’ pass bounces off the hands of Willis’ hands in the end zone. The field goal makes it 23-13 Oklahoma.
2:50 p.m.: Hurts has all day against a three-man rush before hitting Lamb in between zone coverages. That’s a 17-yard gain down to Baylor’s 7-yard line.
2:48 p.m.: Hurts backs up to avoid the pass-rush and checks down to Brooks for a 20-yard gain on third-and-6. A clutch play that gives the Sooners a fresh set of downs at Baylor’s 26.
Third quarter: Oklahoma 20, Baylor 13
2:45 p.m.: A Brooks 6-yard run ends the third quarter. Baylor will need to rebound heavily to come back in this one.
2:42 p.m.: Oklahoma defensive end Jalen Redmond sacks Bohanon on the ensuing play, forcing a bad punt. The Sooners will take over at midfield with a chance to make it a two-possession game.
2:40 p.m.: Two plays later, Murray brings Bohanon down for a loss but appears to have hurt his midsection on the play. Another potentially huge loss, but he at least walks off the field under his own power.
2:39 p.m.: JaMycal Hasty gets a nice 13-yard run for a first down out to Baylor’s 33-yard line.
2:37 p.m.: Baylor has the ball at its 14-yard line after an unsportsmanlike penalty on the ensuing kickoff.
2:33 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OKLAHOMA. The Sooners retake the lead with an 18-yard touchdown connection between Hurts and Nick Basquine to make it 20-13 Oklahoma.
2:31 p.m.: Something to note: Baylor’s starting safety Grayland Arnold was hurt in a sideline collision earlier in Oklahoma’s drive. That’s a big loss for the Bears if he can’t return.
2:30 p.m.: Hurts hits Lamb on the wheel route for a 17-yard gain out to the Baylor 49-yard line. Stevenson follows up with consecutive first-down runs to get Oklahoma down to Baylor’s 22-yard line.
2:24 p.m.: Oklahoma forces a three-and-out on Baylor’s next drive. Sooners have the momentum early in the second half.
2:19 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, OKLAHOMA. Baylor’s defense holds strong near the end zone and forces a field goal attempt. Brkic hits his second attempt of the day to tie it up at 13.
2:13 p.m.: Oklahoma gets another big chunk play, this time from running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who takes it 14 yards to the 13-yard line. Sooners knocking on the door.
2:12 p.m.: Hurts hits tight end Austin Stogner out of the backfield for a third-down conversion. He takes it 12 yards to Baylor’s 28-yard line.
2:10 p.m.: Hurts hits Rambo for a 19-yard gain to Baylor’s 46-yard line for a first down.
2:09 p.m.: Oklahoma takes over at its 30.
2:08 p.m.: Bohanon throws a dangerous pass over the middle that’s nearly intercepted. Baylor is lucky just go have a three-and-out.
2:06 p.m.: Baylor gets the ball first but it will do so without Charlie Brewer. He is out for the remainder of the game, per Matt Rhule.
Second quarter: Baylor 13, Oklahoma 10
1:47 p.m.: Halftime stats. Baylor is leading with 98 yards of total offense.
1:44 p.m.: Oklahoma takes a knee to head into halftime. That’ll do it for the first half.
1:42 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, BAYLOR. Sooners’ defense holds and forces the field goal. Mayers sinks it from 28 yards out to make it 13-10 Baylor.
1:39 p.m.: Bohanon throws the ball up for grabs, but Thornton veers back inside to pull it in for the 29-yard reception between two defensive backs. The Bears will have the ball at the Oklahoma 11 with 29 seconds remaining.
1:37 p.m.: Baylor gets a quick first down and has the ball at Oklahoma’s 39-yard line with 44 seconds left in the half.
1:36 p.m.: Baylor takes over at its 47-yard line with 1:22 remaining and a full set of timeouts.
1:36 p.m.: Hurts throws it away on third down with 1:29 left in the half. The Bears have all three timeouts as well.
1:34 p.m.: Lynch gets another sack on Hurts, forcing third-and-9 with under two minutes remaining. Sooners have it at their 14-yard line.
1:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BAYLOR. The Bears make good on the opportunity for a touchdown! Bohanon avoids the rush and hits Tyquan Thornton for a 33-yard touchdown (after taking a 10-yard sack). That ties it up at 10-10.
1:25 p.m.: OKLAHOMA INTERCEPTION. Jordan Williams forces the second Hurts turnover of the game, picking him off near the 25-yard line. Bears will have great field position.
1:22 p.m.: Baylor gets a first down but can’t sustain a drive. The Bears punt and give Oklahoma the ball back at its 12 with 4:07 left in the half.
1:17 p.m.: Uh-oh. Quarterback Gerry Bohanon is in for Baylor. Brewer is now in the locker room undergoing further evaluation.
1:13 p.m.: Oklahoma’s drive stalls near the 35-yard line, forcing a punt. Baylor fumbles the ensuing punt return but recovers with decent field position.
1:07 p.m.: Hurts patiently weaves his way for just enough on third-and-7. Sooners get a new set of downs at their own 29.
1:01 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, BAYLOR. Oklahoma minimizes the damage and forces the Bears into a 44-yard field goal attempt. They barely squeak it inside the right upright to make it 10-3 Oklahoma.
12:59 p.m.: The play isn’t reviewed, and Baylor takes over at the Sooners’ 28.
12:57 p.m.: James Lynch knocks the ball loose from Hurts’ hands, but review will see whether his arm was going forward. As it stands now it’s a fumble recovery by Baylor at the Oklahoma 28-yard line.
12:55 p.m.: Brewer is hit behind the line of scrimmage on the two ensuing plays, including a 7-yard sack by linebacker Kenneth Murray. Brewer is slow to get up after that one. Oklahoma takes over at its 29-yard line.
12:52 p.m.: Baylor gets the ball back at its 32-yard line. Brewer runs for an 8-yard gain and bowls over defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles, sending him to the sideline.
First quarter: Oklahoma 10, Baylor 0
12:46 p.m.: Oklahoma faces third-and-23 after a first down-wiping hold call followed by a false start. The Sooners are now back at their 22.
12:44 p.m.: Hurts hits fullback Brayden Willis for a 17-yard gain out to the Sooners’ 35-yard line.
12:42 p.m.: Oklahoma’s defense forces a three-and-out. They are feeling it early here in AT&T Stadium.
12:37 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, OKLAHOMA. The Sooners make good on the long field goal attempt to make it 10-0 Oklahoma.
12:36 p.m.: Baylor defensive end James Lockhart sacks Hurts for an 8-yard loss to move the ball back to the 27.
12:35 p.m.: Officials ruled Rambo got his foot in bounds but didn’t control the ball at the time he stepped out. It will be third-and-10 from Baylor’s 19.
12:33 p.m.: Hurts hits the back-shoulder throw to Rambo in the end zone. He gets his left foot in before stepping out of bounds, but it’s under review to see if he had control of the ball.
12:31 p.m.: Kennedy Brooks breaks a tackle and gets a 13-yard run to the Baylor 45. One play later, Hurts hits Lamb for 26 yards to the Baylor 19-yard line. Hurts is 3 for 3 for 102 yards at the moment.
12:27 p.m.: Oklahoma defense forces a three-and-out but just narrowly avoids disaster: Lamb tries to field a bouncing punt and muffs it. He falls on it at Oklahoma’s 42-yard line.
12:25 p.m.: A false start and tackle for loss makes it second-and-17 for Baylor. Bears are heading in the wrong direction.
2:23 p.m.: Baylor back on the field with a 7-0 deficit. Can Charlie Brewer get the Bears in gear?
12:20 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OKLAHOMA. Two plays after Lamb’s big reception, Brooks takes the zone-read handoff for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Oklahoma.
12:19 p.m.: And we have our first big play! CeeDee Lamb takes a short pass and does the rest on a 71-yard run all the way to the Baylor 7-yard line. Lots of broken tackles on that long gainer.
12:14 p.m.: And now Baylor to punt. Defense prevailing for both teams early.
12:12 p.m.: Baylor’s John Lovett gets a nice 12-yard gain on his first carry of the day. Oklahoma’s Nik Bonitto and Ronnie Perkins combine for a sack on the ensuing play.
2:11 p.m.: Jalen Hurts hits Charleston Rambo in the flats, but he is stopped just short of the sticks. Baylor will take over at its 17-yard line after the 50-yard punt.
12:09 p.m.: Oklahoma starts the game with a 3-yard gain by running back Kennedy Brooks out to the Sooner 28. Here we go.