8:00 PM ET, November 23, 2013
Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Clint Chelf's latest career day against Baylor sent another shockwave through the top of the BCS standings, and put Oklahoma State within reach of a Big 12 Conference championship in the process.
The Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) quarterback passed for a career-high 370 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the No. 10 Cowboys dismantled the No. 4 Bears 49-17 Saturday night.
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Chelf, who was 19 of 25 passing, has thrown for 703 yards in his last two games against Baylor (9-1, 6-1) -- including last year's 41-34 loss in Waco. His latest performance came in a win, a crushing one that delighted the record crowd of 60,218 in Boone Pickens Stadium.
"I couldn't be more proud of what he's accomplished," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "He's been a good leader and he does it quiet. He's been humbled, and for that he's had success."
The loss for the Bears almost certainly dooms their national title aspirations, leaving Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State as the lone remaining unbeatens near the top of the BCS standings. They'll certainly line up in that order when the new numbers come out Sunday.
Bryce Petty was 28 of 48 passing for 359 yards for Baylor, which had its school-record 13-game winning streak snapped and hasn't won in Stillwater since 1939.
"This is very difficult," Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon said. "... This hurts. Our chances of still winning the Big 12 aren't over, but we wanted something bigger than that.
"We wanted something that's never been done before, and that was to go to a national championship. That dream came down."
Oklahoma State has won 10 or more games in three of the last four seasons, and can win the Big 12 by beating rival Oklahoma at home in two weeks.
If Chelf, who lost the starting job earlier this season for the Cowboys, plays like he did on Saturday night against the Sooners, a win is certainly possible.
The senior threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score against the Bears, against whom he set his previous career best with 333 yards passing last year. He also had a 48-yard reception and finished with 438 yards of total offense.
Tracy Moore finished with five catches for 126 for Oklahoma State.
While the Cowboys had 594 yards of total offense, it was the usually high-flying Bears who were grounded.
Brad Edwards' Projected BCS Standings
It should be close for fifth between Clemson and Missouri. If the gap between them in the polls doesn't change much, Clemson will have a slight BCS lead. If voters were impressed by Missouri's win at Ole Miss and elevate Mizzou more than expected, it could go the other way. It seems that Auburn and Missouri are both just an Ohio St. loss away from controlling their destiny to the BCS title game. -- Brad Edwards
|1. Alabama||4. Auburn|
|2. Florida State||5. Clemson|
|3. Ohio State||6. Missouri|
The BCS standings will be revealed at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.
Baylor entered Saturday averaging a national-best 61.2 points and 684.8 yards per game, but they had no answers for a Cowboys' defense that held the high-powered attack in check most of the way.
Oklahoma State forced three Baylor fumbles and also stopped the Bears on two key fourth-down attempts in the second half -- both which led to Cowboys' touchdowns.
Baylor finished with 453 yards of total offense, and Antwan Goodley had 10 catches for 118 yards receiving.
"(Oklahoma State) played extremely well, played with a lot of energy, made plays when they needed to make plays," Baylor coach Art Briles said.
After falling behind 35-3, Baylor appeared on the verge of cutting the lead to 35-17 early in the fourth quarter.
However, Petty fumbled after a wild snap deep in Oklahoma State territory and Tyler Patmon returned it 78 yards for a touchdown to put the Cowboys up 42-10.
The score put the exclamation point on a thoroughly one-sided performance.
Chelf lost the starting job earlier this year to sophomore J.W. Walsh, slowly working his way back to the role of top option for the Cowboys. The senior accounted for four touchdowns in last week's win over Texas, but he was at his best Saturday night -- capping the stunning performance with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jhajuan Seales.
As has been the case for most of the season, Gundy didn't make Chelf available to talk following Saturday's win. His coach, however, had plenty to say about his recent performances.
"I'm happy with the groove he's in right now," Gundy said. "And so, we just want to let him keep going."
Baylor appeared on its way to the early lead when Petty broke free on a third-and-2 on the Bears' second possession -- with no defenders in his path to the end zone.
However, the quarterback -- who entered the game leading the Big 12 in total offense -- tripped short of the end zone and fell down at the Oklahoma State 1. Two plays later, Shock Linwood fumbled when he tried to stretch out for the touchdown -- with James Castleman knocking the ball loose and recovering for the Cowboys.
That was followed by a 99-yard touchdown drive for Oklahoma State. Kye Staley capped the quick turn of momentum with a 2-yard touchdown run to put the Cowboys up 7-0, a drive that included a 51-yard pass from Chelf to Marcell Ateman.
Oklahoma State pushed its lead to 14-0 in the second quarter when Chelf found Charlie Moore for a 12-yard touchdown over the middle. The completion was Chelf's 11th-straight of the game.
Chelf didn't have an incompletion until Oklahoma State's final possession of the first half, and he finished the half 12 of 13 passing for 238 yards.
"He's a leader," Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart said. "That's what we want from our quarterback, and he gives us everything we need."
The Cowboys held Baylor to three three-and-outs on seven possessions in the first half. The Bears entered the game having been held to 17 three-and-outs all season, and their three points at halftime was their lowest first-half total since being held scoreless by Oklahoma State in 2011.
"We'll bounce back from this," Petty said. "I'm not going anywhere, and we're not going anywhere. We still have a lot to accomplish."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Tyler Patmon returned a Bryce Petty fumble 78 yards for a TD to put the Cowboys up 42-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Gameball goes to... Clint Chelf. Chelf threw for a career-high 370 yards on 19-of-25 passing, throwing for three TDs and running for another.
Stat of the game... 453. Baylor finished with 453 yards of total offense after coming into the game averaging a national-best 684.8 yards per game.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-18||9-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-3||0-1|
|TD||03:07||Kye Staley 2 Yd Run (Ben Grogan Kick)||0||7|
|TD||04:28||Charlie Moore 12 Yd Pass From Clint Chelf (Ben Grogan Kick)||0||14|
|FG||00:13||Aaron Jones 29 Yd||3||14|
|TD||13:23||Tracy Moore 56 Yd Pass From Clint Chelf (Ben Grogan Kick)||3||21|
|TD||10:10||Kye Staley 1 Yd Run (Ben Grogan Kick)||3||28|
|TD||00:13||Clint Chelf 4 Yd Run (Ben Grogan Kick)||3||35|
|TD||14:04||Antwan Goodley 24 Yd Pass From Bryce Petty (Aaron Jones Kick)||10||35|
|TD||09:58||Tyler Patmon 78 Yd Fumble Return (Ben Grogan Kick)||10||42|
|TD||03:01||Jhajuan Seales 33 Yd Pass From Clint Chelf (Ben Grogan Kick)||10||49|
|TD||01:59||Levi Norwood 32 Yd Pass From Bryce Petty (Aaron Jones Kick)||17||49|
The Baylor offense, which entered the game with an FBS-low seven "three-and-outs" for the season, was forced into four Saturday. The four "three-and-outs" were the most for the Bears in a game since Sept. 2, 2011 against TCU.
Baylor shut out in the 1st qtr for 1st time since Sept. 21, 2012 vs UL-Monroe (won that game 47-42).
Baylor entered Saturday as one of 16 teams without a turnover in the red zone. Against Oklahoma State, the Bears had two turnovers and didn't score a touchdown (in four opportunities) in the red zone for the first time since Sept. 18, 2010 at TCU.
Clint Chelf threw for all three of his touchdowns against five or more pass rushers Saturday, tied for the most touchdowns against the blitz by a Big 12 quarterback in a game this season.[+]
Clint Chelf Passing Against The Blitz
Clint Chelf had nine completions on passes thrown 15 or more yards downfield Saturday, the most such completions in a game for a Big 12 quarterback this season. Chelf had twice as many completions, yards and touchdowns than Bryce Petty on such throws. Petty entered the game as the Big 12-leader in completions, yards and touchdowns on passes thrown 15 yards or more downfield.[+]
Throws of 15+ Yards
With Baylor scoreless in the 1st half and under 5 minutes left until halftime: Last time Baylor was held scoreless in a 1st half: Oct. 29, 2011 at Oklahoma State (lost 59-24).
With Baylor having only 3 points late in the 3rd quarter at Oklahoma State tonight.... Last time Baylor was held to single digits in points for a full game: Nov. 21, 2009 - lost 38-3 at Texas A&M.
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