Even though the calendar is halfway through November, Saturday looked more like Halloween than Thanksgiving for Oklahoma.
The Sooners were haunted by Baylor’s rushed high-powered offense and suffered their own loss as true first-year quarterback Caleb Williams threw a pair of interceptions.
It all ended in a 27-14 road loss for Oklahoma to Baylor. The Sooners must now turn the page on what had been a 23-game winning streak in November for the program and the nation’s longest active winning streak at 17 games.
Subsequently, Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley expressed frustration with OU’s performance, but stressed the importance of his team’s response.
“Disappointing. There is still a lot left for this football team. That’s the advantage of winning your first nine games, is that you prepare yourself to be able to overcome something like that. Obviously disappointed that we have to have to. get over it, but that’s how it is. We’ll bounce back like we always do and fully expect, “said Riley.
Redshirt’s senior defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas described the mood in the locker room after the Bears beat the Sooners 20-7 in the second half to hand OU their first loss.
âYou know, what you expect. Guys are trying to figure out a loss. It was the first time we felt that way this season. Second, Coach Riley also lifted us up, also letting us know that we still have a 9-1 record and still have the rest of the season ahead of us. There is still a lot of football to be played. Opportunities to say that this game is not who we are. Like I said, which you’d expect to be a little dark in there, but also uplifting to see what the bright side is, âThomas said.
Second-year wide receiver Marvin Mims was asked what the frustration looked like for him and his teammates after Oklahoma recorded their second fewest offensive yards in a game this season with the 260 Baylor was on. detained.
âI mean, I don’t think it really matters how far into the season we are. At the start of the season we were also a bit low, we weren’t playing up to our level and the way we like to play on offense. We have two strong teams, two good defensive teams that are yet to be played. One at home, one in a hostile environment. We’re just trying to hit the nail on the head, get back there on Monday and get back to work, âMims said.
Oklahoma’s college football playoff hopes weren’t completely dead after the loss, but senior tight end and H defenseman Jeremiah Hall understood that to mean the Sooners were no longer in control of their own destiny.
âIn the grand scheme of things, we all know it hurts our national championship chances, but, at the same time, we’ve been in that position before. We made it in these College Football [Playoff] speak before. We will see how it goes because we cannot control it. At the end of the day, we still have other goals ahead of us. We’re on a weekly basis, but we still want to win these games, we still want to reach a Big 12 championship, win this game and see where everything else takes us, âHall said.
Now the question becomes which path Oklahoma takes.
Are the Sooners about to collapse with better competition looming? Or, will Oklahoma recover like November’s past, win those next two home games against Iowa State and Oklahoma State, and then have the chance to defend his status? six-time defending Big 12 champion?
Senior security Delarrin Turner-Yell shared a final message Riley gave to the team.
âHe told us that this game is going to do two things for this team. Either it’s going to tear it apart, or it’s going to bring us together. And also he told us that we have a lot of football ahead of us. We still have the things we want to accomplish this year ahead of us so it’s very important that we put this game to bed and attack the training ground next week and just do the things that we need to do to us to finish strong this season, âsaid Turner-Yell.
OU has the option to reverse all negative narratives starting Saturday at 11 a.m. when the Sooners host in the Cyclones for a high noon kickoff on FOX.