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Baylor football starting to realize how good it can be


Bob Stoops tells the story that during the 2000 OU-Texas game, when the Sooners took a big lead, he told his fellow coaches over the headphones, “Hey, we’re pretty good.”

Now Baylor is 7-0 and ranked 14th in Matt Rhule’s third season as the Bears’ head coach. Has Rhule had a Stoops-like epiphany?

“That’s a great question,” Rhule said. “I think when we beat Iowa State, we thought they were such a great team. We came out saying, ‘We have a chance.’”

Baylor beat Iowa State 23-21 in Waco. And last Saturday, the Bears beat Oklahoma State 45-27 in Stillwater, after trailing 27-24 in the fourth quarter.

“We realized, let’s not overcomplicate it,” Rhule said. “We had a bunch of coaches out there trying to do too much. Let’s let the guys go play. We’ve got good players. Let’s let ‘em go play. At halftime, we said, ‘We think we have a pretty good team, let’s not overthink this.’”

In the second half, Baylor produced four plays of at least 44 yards: Charlie Brewer’s 78-yard completion to Tyquan Thornton, Brewer completions of 64 and 44 yards to Josh Fleeks, and JaMycal Hasty’s 73-yard run.

“Coaches don’t have to figure out what to do,” Rhule said. “Let’s just let our players play. I think our guys had that moment.”

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Baylor's Chidi Ogbonnaya (98) and James Lynch (93) celebrate a Baylor touchdown after recovering a fumble by Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders (3) as Jelani Woods (89) walks off the field in the fourth quarter during the college football game between Oklahoma State University and Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Baylor won 45-27. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Baylor's Chidi Ogbonnaya (98) and James Lynch (93) celebrate a Baylor touchdown after recovering a fumble by Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders (3) as Jelani Woods (89) walks off the field in the fourth quarter during the college football game between Oklahoma State University and Baylor at Boone...

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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