What We Saw: Oklahoma 45 Baylor 24

Baylor's three game free fall continues. The Bears backloaded schedule isn't doing them any favors and a top 10 team is now a shadow of what we perceived it to be just a month ago. What's worse, attrition is starting to take a toll on the Bears. Norman isn't a welcoming place if you're looking for charity. 

Here's what we saw:

  1. Seth Russell deserved better. Russell suffered a dislocated ankle in the 3rd quarter against the Sooners. If its possible, the injury looked worse than it was, but it's still pretty bad. Russell is out for the rest of the season, his second season ending injury in as many years. Russell brought a rare combination of passing ability and athleticism to the Bear Raid, challenging even RGIII for productivity in the offense. Beyond the field Russell is apparently a good dude and has been a stalwart representative for the University in a time when those representatives have been impossible to find. The Roundup wishes Seth a speedy recovery and best of luck in whatever comes next. He'll probably be good at whatever that is. 
  2. Baylor had a chance, then they didn't. Baylor almost closed out the first half down just four. Still a 21-10 deficit was pretty manageable considering the circumstances. OU hit another gear, or maybe just continued to press the accelerator in the 2nd half and Baylor was boat raced. Baker Mayfield, as much as we hate to admit it, is remarkably efficient in Lincoln Riley's offense. The Bears didn't have an answer. 
  3. The future is now. Sort of. Baylor now turns to true freshman Zach Smith at quarterback. The former Grandview Zebra will probably handle things well, that's what Baylor does, plug and play another quarterback. We'll see what Baylor does with Shock Linwood who sat out Saturday due to attitude issues, JaMycal Hasty, another freshman led the Bears in rushing and will continue to get a nice long look. It's time for Baylor to see how the young guys respond. 

Baylor welcomes Kansas State to Waco next week. 

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Posted on November 13, 2016 and filed under Baylor, Southwest Round-Up.