Scores

Final

Baylor 24

(4-3, 1-3 Big 12)

(3) Oklahoma State 59

(8-0, 5-0 Big 12)

Coverage: ABC/ESPN2

3:30 PM ET, October 29, 2011

Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK

1 2 3 4 T
BAY 0 0 3 2124
#3OKST 21 14 14 1059

Top Performers

Passing: B. Weeden (OKST) - 274 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Randle (OKST) - 14 CAR, 152 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: J. Blackmon (OKST) - 13 REC, 172 YDS, 2 TD

Joseph Randle runs for 4 TDs as No. 3 Oklahoma State whips Baylor

Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- When it mattered the most, No. 3 Oklahoma State made every yard seem like the longest yard for Robert Griffin III and Baylor.

Joseph Randle set career-highs by running for 152 yards and four touchdowns, Justin Blackmon matched his career best with 13 catches for 172 yards and two scores and the Cowboys carried a shutout into the fourth quarter of a 59-24 win over the Bears on Saturday.

Brodrick Brown recovered two fumbles, and Daytawion Lowe and Justin Gilbert had interceptions as the Cowboys (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) forced five turnovers and stopped the Bears twice on fourth-and-1.

"I think at that point, you just have to dig deep and just find something inside of you to not let them in the end zone," safety Markelle Martin said. "Let's not make it easy on them."

Far from it.

The Cowboys ran out to a 35-0 halftime advantage that was hardly indicative of how competitive the game was, but Baylor came up with absolutely nothing out of a series of promising drives.

The Bears (4-3, 1-3) were stuffed on fourth-and-1 twice, including on the goal line on their opening drive, and Gilbert picked off one of Griffin's passes in the end zone on third-and-goal from the 5. Aaron Jones also continued his struggles, missing a 48-yard field goal.

The Bears got inside the Oklahoma State 35-yard line on each of their first five drives and then found a way to give the ball back without getting any points.

"'Sickening' comes to mind because you know how important it is to punch it in in that situation," coach Art Briles said. "It's not like you are going to pitch a shutout game against them but you certainly better match scores when you have opportunities and we didn't."

That's nothing new for the Cowboys.

OSU came into the game ranked 103rd in the nation in yards allowed -- easily the worst of the eight remaining undefeated teams -- but has consistently found ways to get critical stops when needed. The Pokes lead the nation in turnover margin and added to their Bowl Subdivision lead in interceptions by picking off their 16th and 17th of the season.

Glasco Martin also fumbled inside the 1-yard line in the third quarter, setting up Oklahoma State's second 99-yard touchdown drive of the game.

"They didn't want to give anything up," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "We talk to them all the time about fighting right 'til the end."

The Cowboys started a season with eight straight wins for only the second time in school history. The other time was in 1945, when they finished the season 9-0, won the Sugar Bowl and were ranked fifth in the final poll.

"It's a sweet feat," said quarterback Brandon Weeden, who had 274 yards passing and three touchdowns without any interceptions.

"But last year we were talking about winning 11 games and how exciting that was, and we're not there yet. We've still got a lot left on our plate."

Griffin threw for 425 yards to end up 5 shy of his career best set last week. In a matchup of two of the nation's top three offenses, the Bears' second-ranked attack outgained Oklahoma State's third-ranked unit 622-601 but the scoreboard was lopsided the opposite way.

Baylor didn't get into the end zone until the first play of the fourth quarter, when Terrance Ganaway's 18-yard scamper made it 49-10.

"The score is crazy," Ganaway said. "It looks lopsided but ... if we don't have any turnovers and finish in the red zone, it's a whole new ballgame. That's what we have to work on. We have to make sure we're taking care of the ball and playing smart."

To start the game, Griffin drove the Bears 68 yards with relative ease to set up first-and-goal at the 2. Three running plays later, they had only made it to the 1 and Briles decided to give it to Ganaway once more.

"For us, it's just pride right there. There's no space to worry about. It's just you versus that guy in front of you," Martin said.

"So for us, it's that battle that you want every day. You don't have to worry about nothing else, just you and the guy in front of you."

The Cowboys, who've been hearing the increasing noise that they can't win a BCS title with a 100th-ranked defense, won that battle over and over again.

"We wanted to go out and prove that we are a good defense," Martin said. "I think that fire was lit and we all shined and had fun."

Randle, who also scored four total touchdowns last week, ran for TDs from 2, 62 and 7 yards as the Cowboys built up a 35-0 halftime lead. He then followed Brown's 47-yard fumble return by scoring from 7 yards out early in the third quarter.

Blackmon, an All-American last season, returned after missing the second half of last week's game with a head injury to catch TD passes from 2 and 8 yards. Weeden's other scoring pass was an 18-yarder to fullback Kye Staley, who had given up the game entirely after a serious knee injury and got into the end zone for the first time in his comeback.

Terrance Williams caught eight passes for a career-high 154 yards, including a 72-yard fourth-quarter touchdown, and Kendall Wright had 117 yards on 11 receptions as Baylor lost in Stillwater for the 10th straight time and fell to 1-15 against OSU in Big 12 play.

Griffin also scored on a 1-yard run -- finally ending the Bears' short-yardage struggles on their 14th snap inside the 5 and long after it mattered.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BAY
OKST
1st Downs3623
Total Yards622601
Passing446274
Rushing176327
Penalties3-287-80
3rd Down Conversions7-188-13
4th Down Conversions5-71-1
Turnovers51
Possession38:5421:06

Passing Leaders

BaylorC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin III33/504258.512
Oklahoma StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weeden24/362747.630

Rushing Leaders

BaylorCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ganaway23883.8118
Martin8283.5014
Oklahoma StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Randle1415210.9462
Sims810413.0181

Receiving Leaders

BaylorRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams815419.3172
Wright1111710.6034
Oklahoma StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Blackmon1317213.2251
Moore25226.0039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBAYOKST
TD04:55Joseph Randle 2 Yd Run (Quinn Sharp Kick) 07
TD04:37Kye Staley 18 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Quinn Sharp Kick) 014
TD00:54Joseph Randle 62 Yd Run (Quinn Sharp Kick) 021
SECOND QUARTERBAYOKST
TD04:44Justin Blackmon 8 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Quinn Sharp Kick) 028
TD00:40Joseph Randle 7 Yd Run (Quinn Sharp Kick) 035
THIRD QUARTERBAYOKST
TD13:10Joseph Randle 7 Yd Run (Quinn Sharp Kick) 042
FG09:14Aaron Jones 36 Yd 342
TD01:34Justin Blackmon 2 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Quinn Sharp Kick) 349
FOURTH QUARTERBAYOKST
TD14:55Terrance Ganaway 18 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick) 1049
TD14:34Herschel Sims 81 Yd Run (Quinn Sharp Kick) 1056
TD14:03Terrance Williams 72 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin III (Aaron Jones Kick) 1756
FG09:18Quinn Sharp 36 Yd 1759
TD01:06Robert Griffin III 1 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick) 2459

Research Notes

Oklahoma State had 21 points in the first quarter, and now has 118 points in the first this season. That's the most of any team in FBS.

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