Wind, Char­lie Brewer among best, worst

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SOONER POSTGAME - Nathan Ruiz nruiz@ok­la­homan.com STAFF WRITER

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.

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Bay­lor head coach Matt Rhule pleads with ref­er­ees dur­ing Satur­day’s game vs. Ok­la­homa State.

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