Williams’ 192 yards rushing lead Baylor past Oklahoma, 38-35

Nov 5, 2022, 3:43 AM | Updated: 5:50 pm
Baylor safety Devin Lemear, right, intercepts a pass intended for Oklahoma tight end Brayden Willis...

Baylor safety Devin Lemear, right, intercepts a pass intended for Oklahoma tight end Brayden Willis, middle, in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)

(AP Photo/Nate Billings)

              Baylor safety Devin Lemear, right, intercepts a pass intended for Oklahoma tight end Brayden Willis, middle, in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen carries the ball against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma tight end Brayden Willis runs after a catch as Baylor linebacker Matt Jones defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma coach Brent Venables runs on the field with his players before an NCAA college football game against Baylor, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma defensive lineman Reggie Grimes (14) pressures Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen (12) in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel passes the ball against Baylor in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              From left, Oklahoma wide receivers Jalil Farooq, Drake Stoops and Marvin Mims celebrate a touchdown by Stoops against Baylor in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor wide receiver Jordan Nabors, left, and quarterback Blake Shapen celebrate a touchdown by Nabors against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor running back Qualan Jones, left, runs for a touchdown against Oklahoma in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma running back Eric Gray leaps against Baylor in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen carries the ball against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma tight end Brayden Willis runs after a catch as Baylor linebacker Matt Jones defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma coach Brent Venables runs on the field with his players before an NCAA college football game against Baylor, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma defensive lineman Reggie Grimes (14) pressures Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen (12) in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel passes the ball against Baylor in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              From left, Oklahoma wide receivers Jalil Farooq, Drake Stoops and Marvin Mims celebrate a touchdown by Stoops against Baylor in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor wide receiver Jordan Nabors, left, and quarterback Blake Shapen celebrate a touchdown by Nabors against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor running back Qualan Jones, left, runs for a touchdown against Oklahoma in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma running back Eric Gray leaps against Baylor in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims (17) and wide receiver Drake Stoops (12) celebrate a touchdown by Mims against Baylor in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen looks for a receiver against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma running back Eric Gray scores a touchdown against Baylor in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel carries the ball in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Baylor, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor wide receiver Jordan Nabors scores a touchdown against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
            
              Baylor running back Craig Williams, top left, is lifted by tight end Ben Sims next to linebacker Dillon Doyle, right, after Williams scored a touchdown against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Craig “Sqwirl” Williams ran for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns, and Baylor defeated Oklahoma 38-35 on Saturday.

Williams, a fifth-year junior, had rushed for 456 yards his entire injury-plagued career before exploding against the Sooners. His top performance this season had been 68 yards rushing against BYU.

“I’ve faced a lot of adversity in my career, and injuries come with the game, and I’m willing to take the risk to keep going out there and doing what I can to help this team win,” he said.

Williams — a 5-foot-9, 168-pound speedster — had 25 carries on Saturday after missing the previous two games. He was more concerned about the team’s win than his big day.

“That’s a great feeling,” he said. “We’re bowl eligible now, but that’s not where we’re stopping. We’re still in the running for the Big 12 championship, and that’s what we’re looking forward to. Taking it one game at a time.”

In all, the Bears (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) ran for 281 yards and five touchdowns to claim their third straight win. It was Baylor’s fifth victory ever against the Sooners in 33 tries, and just the second time the Bears have won in Norman.

Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel passed for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran nine times for 70 yards and another score. But he threw three interceptions — all in the first half — after just throwing one all season before Saturday’s game.

“Throwing it late over the middle a couple times – we can’t do that,” Oklahoma coach Brent Venables said. “Baylor’s a good, disciplined football team and they took advantage of some bad decisions.”

Eric Gray rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and caught eight passes for 58 yards for the Sooners (5-4, 2-4), who had won two straight.

“We just weren’t good enough today,” Venables said. “The discipline, the physicality when we had to get a stop and stop the run or convert, taking care of the football. … We just didn’t play complementary football today.”

Despite Gabriel’s mistakes, Baylor led just 24-21 at the break because the Sooners gained 334 yards in the first half.

Qualan Jones’ 10-yard touchdown run with 9:15 remaining in the fourth quarter gave Baylor a 38-28 lead. Gray’s 1-yard score with 4:05 remaining cut the Bears’ lead to 38-35.

Baylor ran out the clock on the next possession. Williams iced the game with a 43-yard run on a third-and-3 at the 50. He could have scored, but he went down so the Bears could run out the clock.

“Understanding the situation and understanding not to score in that last minute and give OU the ball back was the smartest play in mind,” Williams said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Baylor: The Bears pulled off the win, despite getting just 132 yards passing out of Blake Shapen and just seven yards on four carries from freshman phenom Richard Reese. They could work their way back into the next Top 25 after spending most of the early part of the season there.

Oklahoma: The Sooners gained 499 yards and basically moved the ball at will, but turned the ball over too many times. The defense struggled with tackling throughout and couldn’t get the critical stop it needed late.

BIG NUMBERS

Gray rushed for at least 100 yards for the sixth time this season. For the season, he has rushed for 902 yards and eight touchdowns. His eight catches against Baylor matched a career high he set back in 2020 against Georgia while he still was at Tennessee.

“Eric did today what he’s done all year,” Venables said. “Whatever we’ve asked him to do. He’s as consistent a player as we’ve had. He ran with toughness and he’s always straining.”

QUOTABLE

Venables: “We’ve been talking about discipline for 11 months … We’ve got to be more disciplined.”

UP NEXT

Baylor: Hosts Kansas State on Saturday.

Oklahoma: Visits West Virginia on Saturday.

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