Wind, Charlie Brewer among best, worst
WACO, TEXAS — Oklahoma State seemed set up for one of its best victories of the season, but instead ended up with one of its worst defeats in recent history. Here’s a look at the bests and worst from OSU’s 35-31 loss to Baylor.
Best one-hit wonder: Denzel Mims
If you’re going to have only one catch in a game, you might as well make it as big as you can, and Mims did just that. His lone catch for the Bears in Saturday’s victory was the game-winner, a 6-yard touchdown grab over OSU cornerback A.J. Green with seven seconds left.
Worst way to face: South
It was a windy day in Waco, with winds from the south at nearly 20 mph. It had a clear impact on the game, with the mighty leg of OSU kicker Matt Ammendola unable to make kicks of 45 and 47 yards. In all, the team that had the wind at its back had a 49-17 advantage on the scoreboard.
Best comeback: Charlie Brewer
Nine days after going 1-for-8 with three interceptions and suffering a concussion, Brewer entered late in the third quarter with Baylor trailing by
10. On his first play, he handed off to John Lovett for a 75-yard score. With the Bears down 31-21 with under six minutes to play, he connected with Jalen Hurd and Mims for touchdowns for the victory. It was OSU’s first loss while leading in the fourth quarter since the 2015 Central Michigan game and first loss while leading by double-digits in the fourth since November 2007 against Texas.
Worst popularity: Tylan Wallace
Wallace has shown an affinity for crackback blocks, but one early in Saturday’s second quarter didn’t make him too popular with the McLane Stadium crowd. His hit initially got him called for targeting, and when officials reversed the call, boos and inappropriate chants rained down. Baylor coach Matt Rhule got fired up, as well, and got called for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Best hitter: Max Muncy
Muncy, a former Baylor baseball player and Oklahoma City Dodger, was in attendance Saturday. He was recognized on the field after the McLane Stadium video board showed his walk-off home run in the 18th inning of Game 3 of the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Muncy hit 38 home runs for Los Angeles between the regular season and postseason.
Best homecoming ‘parade’: Oklahoma State
The Cowboys played in their fourth homecoming game in their past five matchups. They’ve gone 2-2 in such games, winning theirs and Kansas’ but losing Kansas State’s and Baylor’s. To celebrate their homecoming, the Bears wore throwback helmets with a “Sailor Bear” logo.
Baylor head coach Matt Rhule pleads with referees during Saturday’s game vs. Oklahoma State.