The Baylor Bears gave the Oklahoma Sooners one of its toughest tests of the season in 2017. That was not the case Saturday afternoon in Norman as OU steamrolled Baylor 66-33. Kyler Murray was suspended for the first drive after showing up late to practice this week, but that didn’t stop him from posting one of the most statistically impressive games by a quarterback in school history.
Murray’s 348 passer rating shattered Jason White’s single-game school record of 303.3. Murray was almost perfect, going 17-21 for 432 yards and six touchdowns through the air. He also ran for a touchdown, which tied a school record for single-game touchdowns by any player.
It was no surprise that Murray’s two favorite targets were Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb. Brown hauled in five catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Lamb has three receptions for 101 yards including an 81 yard touchdown.
Backup quarterback Austin Kendall made his first career start in place of the suspended Murray. Kendall’s lone drive resulted in a punt that Baylor fumbled inside it’s own ten-yard-line. Murray came in and found Lee Morris two plays for a nine-yard score two plays later.
Baylor scored late in the first quarter to cut the Sooners’ lead to 14-6, but that was as close as the game would get.
OU scored on every single drive in the second half against an overmatched Baylor defense. On the other side of the ball, the Sooner defense was good enough to get the job done. Kenneth Murray followed up his record-setting performance last week with 17 tackles. Curtis Bolton posted an impressive 16 tackles of his own.
The win brings the Sooners’ record to 5-0 and 2-0 in Big 12 conference play. Next up is the Red River Shootout against the Texas Longhorns next Saturday. Kickoff is 11 am CT on FOX.