No. 16 Baylor loses to No. 9 Oklahoma State, 36-25

The Bears struggled to contain Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders.

WACO, Texas — It was a Big 12 Championship rematch as No. 16 Baylor University faced the Oklahoma State No. 6 for an afternoon contest at McLane Stadium.

The Bears were looking for their second conference win after beating Iowa State at the Cyclones’ home stadium last weekend.

Baylor defeated OSU 21-16 in a thrilling 2021 Big 12 championship match. This Saturday marks a competition between two teams who could be back in Arlington for another showdown.

The Cowboys have won the last two regular-season matchups between the two teams, but home field advantage is key for the Bears. Oklahoma State has only had one win in Waco in the past 12 years.

On the first possession, the Bears were able to get the ball up the field but paused to settle for a 34-yard field goal from John Mayers.

The Bears had a glimmer of hope on the board for their first touchdown, but Galvin Holmes dropped the Blake Shapen pass in the end zone.

With 5:24 in the first, Spencer Sanders threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Blaine Green for the Cowboys’ front six on the board. OSU closes the first leading 7-3.

Early in the second quarter, the Bears were on their own 1-yard line, attempting a pitch-out run, and Richard Reese was tackled in the end zone to give the Cowboys two more points on the board. This brought the score to 9-3, Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys performed on all sides of the ball. A big defensive stop resulted in OSU having strong offensive drive in the final minutes of the second quarter. Throughout the first half, Sanders found ways to get away from the Baylor defense and keep making plays on the field.

With 0:26 left in the first minute, the Cowboys hit for another six to end the half 16-3.

Absolutely no time was wasted getting the second half started. Oklahoma State’s Jaden Nixon returns the kick for a 96-yard touchdown to level the score at 23-3.

The Bears responded directly with a 49-yard pass from Blake Shapen to Monaray Baldwin for a Baylor touchdown that closed the gap at 23-10.

Going into this matchup, the Bears knew they had to contain Spencer Sanders and force turnovers. After three years of play, Sanders has thrown 21 interceptions; Nine of those were up against a defense by Dave Aranda.

Sander’s throw was intercepted by Christian Morgan. The Bears then used a quick touchdown from Richard Reese to level the score at 23-17.

With 7:14 left in the third, the Cowboys responded directly with a 49-yard pass from Sanders to Braydon Johnson. This is then converted to a touchdown on Dominic Richardson’s next snap. Cowboys lead 30-17.

OSU’s Tanner Brown then kicks a 19-yard field goal for 33-17.

The Bears keep pushing with a big Blake Shapen to Monaray Baldwin Pass and he sprints it 70 yards across the field for a touchdown. A two-point conversion from Shapen to Gavin Holmes closes the gap even further to 33-25.

At 8:45 in the 4th, Blake Shapen’s pass was intercepted by Thomas Harper for 11 yards.

The cowboys then made their way upstairs. Tanner Brown kicked a 27-yard field goal to 36-25, Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State has another big interception from Jason Taylor to take the ball 2:55 into the game.

The Bears came into this matchup with an interception curse on Sanders. But the Cowboys flipped that to pick up Shapen twice. It was a quarterback duel to the end.

The Bears narrowly failed with a final score of 36-25. Entering a bye week, Baylor will travel to Morgantown on Thursday, October 13 where they take on West Virginia. No. 16 Baylor loses to No. 9 Oklahoma State, 36-25

Laura Coffey

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