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Baylor Holds on for Big 12 Title, Knocks Okla St Out of CFP | Sports News

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dezmon Jackson got here up inches brief on a determined, fourth-down dive with 24 seconds and fifth-ranked Oklahoma State fell to ninth-ranked Baylor 21-16 within the Big 12 championship recreation Saturday, knocking the Cowboys out of competition for a playoff spot.

Blake Shapen threw three TDs whereas finishing his first 17 passes as Baylor (11-2, College Football Playoff No. 9) took a 21-3 lead.

The Cowboys (11-2, CFP No. 5) rallied again, then went 89 yards on 17 performs on their ultimate drive. But their Big 12 and nationwide championship hopes got here up simply brief.

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After having first-and-goal from 2 following a move interference penalty, Jackson gained a yard and was held for no acquire earlier than an incomplete move by Spencer Sanders.

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On fourth down from the 1, Jackson tried to brush extensive left, however with Jairon McVea in pursuit, he barely missed whereas making an attempt to achieve the pylon within the entrance left nook of the tip zone.

There would must be some chaos, in kind of an upset or two in different convention title video games later within the day, for third-time Big 12 champion Baylor to have an opportunity to be within the ultimate 4 for the primary time when the CFP rankings come out Sunday.

Sanders threw 4 interceptions, one by McVea, and the Cowboys have been with out main rusher Jaylen Warren as a result of of his lingering ankle and shoulder points.

Shapen began his second recreation in a row for injured quarterback Gerry Bohanon (proper hamstring), and the Bears received even with solely 242 complete yards of offense. They had solely 36 yards after halftime, whereas Shapen completed 23-of-28 for 180 yards passing total.

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After Oklahoma State took a 3-0 lead on Tanner Brown’s 23-yard subject aim arrange after Baylor fumbled on the opening drive of the sport, the Bears scored 21 consecutive factors. Sanders threw picks on the following two drives, establishing Baylor with brief fields for three-play TD drives — a 2-yard TD move to wide-open tight open Ben Sims and Drew Estrada’s 4-yard scoring catch.

Baylor had a 21-3 lead after an unimaginable 13-yard catch by Tyquan Thornton with a defender on his again with 5 1/2 minutes left within the first half.

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