Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Baylor wins first Big 12 title

WACO, Texas — No. 9 Baylor is headed to a BCS game as the Big 12 champion, making a reality out of the goal that seemed so far out of reach when Art Briles became coach six years ago.

In what became a de facto title game after Oklahoma State's loss to Oklahoma, Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the Bears' first two second-half drives as they beat No. 23 Texas 30-10 on Saturday.

"We always believed in (Briles)," guard Cyril Richardson said. "We weren't going to disappoint him."

The Bears who never had a winning record in the Big 12 before Briles arrived, have their first 11-win season and are going to the Fiesta Bowl. That is the reward for their first outright title since winning the Southwest Conference in 1980 with Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary.

Antwan Goodley made a one-handed grab for an 11-yard touchdown, one play after Petty overthrew the open tight end at the goal line, to make it 10-3 3:46 into the third. After Texas went three-and-out, Lache Seastrunk had three runs for 28 yards and Glasco Martin ran 10 yards to set up Petty's 6-yard touchdown pass to Levi Norwood.

"I'm disappointed in the loss, obviously," said Longhorns coach Mack Brown, who didn't address speculation about his future.

"I told them they played hard enough, played tough enough, but we didn't make the plays we needed to make."

No. 18 Oklahoma 33, No. 6 Oklahoma St. 24: Blake Bell threw a 7-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds left to help lift the visiting Sooners. Coach Bob Stoops improved to 8-1 against Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. Oklahoma State, seeking its second Big 12 title in three seasons, went up 24-20 on Desmond Roland's 1-yard run with 1:46 left. But Bell, who replaced the injured Trevor Knight in the second half, went 5-of-8 for 57 yards on the ensuing 66-yard drive. "I was just thinking that whenever I got my opportunity, I wanted to do the best I could," Bell said. "Once I got into the rhythm of the play, I felt like everything was clicking." The Sooners' final touchdown came on the final play after the Cowboys fumbled a lateral. Players and coaches said they were unaware of an earthquake that struck during the second quarter. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.5 magnitude earthquake near Arcadia, about 50 miles south of Stillwater.

C-USA: Host Rice won its first outright conference title in 56 years by beating Marshall 41-24. The Owls, who got 109 yards and two touchdowns from running back Charles Ross, shared the Southwest title in 1994 and won it outright in 1957. "The 23 seniors … what makes those young men so special is they never fragmented," Owls coach David Bailiff said. "They never cheated a day." The Herd entered averaging 53 points over a five-game win streak.

Southern 34, Jack. St 27 2OT: Dray Joseph's 16-yard touchdown pass to Lee Doss gave the Jaguars the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in Houston.

I-AA playoffs: Alex Ross had three touchdown passes as visiting Coastal Carolina, from Conway, S.C., beat Montana 42-35 in a matchup with a game-time temperature of minus-5 degrees. In the quarterfinals, it faces two-time defending champion North Dakota State, which beat visiting Furman 38-7.

Kansas: Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan was officially hired for the same position as well as offensive line coach. Reagan agreed to take the job shortly after the Jayhawks lost their season finale Nov. 30 to finish 3-9.

New Mexico: Defensive coordinator Jeff Mills will not return next season, coach Bob Davie said. The Lobos' 516.6 yards allowed per game are 119th among 123 Division I-A teams.

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