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Griffin guides Baylor to upset of Oklahoma

Tailback Stephfon Green and Penn State broke away from Ohio State to secure a share of the Big Ten Leaders Division title. Tailback Stephfon Green and Penn State broke away from Ohio State to secure a share of the Big Ten Leaders Division title. (Matt Sullivan/Reuters)
Associated Press / November 20, 2011

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Robert Griffin and Baylor created even more chaos in the national championship race with a stunning blow against fifth-ranked Oklahoma.

Griffin threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns, including a 34-yarder to Terrance Williams with eight seconds left, and 25th-ranked Baylor beat the Sooners for the first time, 45-38, last night in Waco, Texas.

The Sooners (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) had overcome a two-touchdown deficit to tie the game on Blake Bell’s fourth touchdown run, a 6-yarder with 51 seconds left.

The Bears then went 80 yards in five plays, with Griffin scrambling for gains of 22 and 8 yards before finding Williams in the back corner for the end zone.

The Sooners’ loss came one night after Big 12 rival and No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State suffered its first loss, and right after No. 4 Oregon became a two-loss team.

Baylor (7-3, 4-3) had been 0-20 against the Sooners, and most of those games weren’t even close. When last night’s game ended, students and fans stormed the field to surround Griffin and the Bears after arguably the biggest win in school history.

It was the highest-ranked team Baylor defeated since beating No. 3 Southern Cal in 1985.

Oklahoma had scored two quick touchdowns after halftime to take a 24-17 lead, then Baylor got a fortunate bounce to get even again.

Griffin’s pass over the middle deflected off the hands, then the helmet of intended receiver Tevin Reese. The ball went about 20 yards farther down field, and was grabbed out of the air near midfield by Kendall Wright, who sprinted to an 87-yard touchdown.

Griffin dropped to a knee, then looked down before thrusting his arms into the air. The quarterback was shaking his head seemingly in disbelief at what had just happened.

Griffin completed 21 of 34 passes while setting school records for passing yards and total yards (551) in a game. Wright’s 208 yards receiving (on eight catches) was also a school record. Williams had five catches for 99 yards.

Oklahoma’s Landry Jones completed 36 of 51 passes for 447 yards with an interception. Bell, the freshman short-yardage specialist, had TD runs of 3, 1, 4, and 6 yards.

LSU 52, Mississippi 3 - Ron Brooks returned an interception for a touchdown 28 seconds into the game, and the top-ranked Tigers (11-0, 7-0 SEC) piled up 353 yards rushing during a rout of the host Rebels (2-9, 0-7).

Alabama 45, Georgia Southern 21 - Trent Richardson rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns to power the No. 3 Crimson Tide (10-1) past the visiting Eagles (9-2) of the FCS.

Arkansas 44, Mississippi St. 17 - Tyler Wilson had a school-record 32 completions as the sixth-ranked Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1 SEC) rocked the visiting Bulldogs (5-6, 1-6) to set up next week’s huge matchup at No. 1 LSU.

Boise St. 52, San Diego St. 35 - Kellen Moore completed 28 of 40 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns, three to Tyler Shoemaker, and the No. 10 Broncos (9-1, 4-1 Mountain West) raced past the host Aztecs (6-4, 3-3).

Houston 37, SMU 7 - Case Keenum completed 30 of 45 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as the host Cougars, ranked 11th, improved to 11-0 overall and 7-0 in Conference USA by blasting the Mustangs.

Michigan St. 55, Indiana 3 - Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters as the 12th-ranked Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) routed the visiting Hoosiers (1-10, 0-7). The victory, coupled with Michigan’s win over Nebraska, clinched the Legends Division for Michigan State.

Georgia 19, Kentucky 10 - Aaron Murray threw a touchdown pass to Marlon Brown on the first play of the fourth quarter, Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, and the No. 13 Bulldgos (9-2, 7-1 SEC) beat the visiting Wildcats (4-7, 1-6) to clinch a spot in the SEC championship game as East Division champions.

South Carolina 41, The Citadel 20 - Connor Shaw threw for 217 yards and three TDs and the No. 14 Gamecocks (9-2) defeated the visiting Bulldogs (4-7). Georgia’s win eliminated South Carolina’s hopes of winning the SEC East.

Wisconsin 28, Illinois 17 - Montee Ball rushed for 224 yards and scored three times, and the No. 15 Badgers (9-2, 5-2) forced four turnovers in a comeback victory against the host Illini (6-5, 2-5). Wisconsin will host Penn State next weekend, with the winner moving on to face Michigan State in the first Big Ten championship game.

Kansas St. 17, Texas 13 - Collin Klein ran for one score and passed for another and the 16th-ranked Wildcats (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) grinded one out against the host Longhorns (6-4, 3-4) despite managing just 121 total yards.

Michigan 45, Nebraska 17 - Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help the No. 20 Wolverines (9-2, 5-2 Big Ten) rout the No. 17 Cornhuskers (8-3, 4-3) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

TCU 34, Colorado St. 10 - Tank Carder returned an interception 69 yards for a score, helping the No. 19 Horned Frogs gain at least a share of the Mountain West title with a home victory over the Rams (3-7, 1-4). TCU (9-2, 6-0) can win the outright title by beating UNLV on Dec. 3.

Penn St. 20, Ohio St. 14 - The 21st-ranked Nittany Lions (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) won for the first time since coach Joe Paterno was fired, with Stephfon Green running for two touchdowns on the road. Penn State earned a share of the Big Ten’s Leaders Division crown and set up a title game next week at Wisconsin.