The Baylor Bears came into their game against the Oklahoma Sooners as 21½-point underdogs and were never given much of a chance. But after the first quarter, Baylor actually outscored Oklahoma for the rest of the game, ultimately falling 42-34.
It was a good effort and a hard-fought game, but SB Nation's Baylor blog, Our Daily Bears, was not satisfied.
It probably seems weird that I'm lamenting the fact that a 21½-point underdog lost by 8. You know I fully expected to lose this game, but the way we lost it still bothers me. We looked overmatched on offense for the first real time this season, the defense failed to replicate its success last week against Kansas when it needed to, and we lost our first game this season where we won the turnover margin.
So where does the blame fall for losing a game that could have salvaged a disappointing season?
Our Daily Bears seems to think it falls on quarterback Nick Florence. He rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, but struggled throwing the ball. The senior was just 12-of-33 passing for 172 yards and no touchdowns.
Some will disagree with me placing a significant portion of the blame on Nick Florence, but I honestly believe it. He was 12/33 with several overthrown deep passes that could have been the difference. His receivers didn't help him -- *cough* TEVIN REESE *cough*-- but he was far from good.
The brightest spot, however, for the Bears was the play of sophomore running back Lache Seastrunk. His 15 carries resulted in 91 yards and three touchdowns.
Next up, Baylor gets a chance to play National Championship spoiler when the Bears host undefeated No. 2 Kansas State on Saturday. That game kicks off at 8 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN.