STILLWATER, Okla. — A dominating performance made Oklahoma State a conference champion for the first time in decades. Now, the Cowboys want a shot at an even bigger title.
Joseph Randle ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns, Richetti Jones returned a fumble for a score and No. 3 Oklahoma State throttled No. 13 Oklahoma 44-10 Saturday to win the Big 12 championship and make its case to play for the BCS national title.
The Cowboys snapped an eight-game losing streak in the Bedlam rivalry and won their first outright conference title since 1948 in the three-team Missouri Valley.
Oklahoma State, which led the nation in takeaways, forced five turnovers — four by Sooners quarterback Landry Jones.
Fans started chanting "L-S-U!" midway through the fourth quarter, then stormed the field and tore down the goal posts at the end.
While the top-ranked Tigers won the SEC championship Saturday to lock up a spot in the BCS title game, No. 2 Alabama sat at home idle. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, proved itself the best team in its state and its conference. But it's up to the voters, who had the Cowboys fifth in the coaches' poll and Harris poll, to decide now.
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said last week that the Crimson Tide was the second-best team in the nation "right now" — maybe because that's what he thought his team needed to hear.
"Last week, I said Alabama should be there," Gundy said after the game. "There's no question Oklahoma State should be No. 2 right now. No question."
Baylor's Griffin caps Heisman hopeful bid
WACO, Texas — Robert Griffin III lifted Baylor to its best football in a generation.
In what might be his last home game in college, the Bears quarterback put on the kind of performance that could convince Heisman Trophy voters he's the best player in the country.
Griffin ran for two touchdowns, passed for two more and led the No. 19 Bears to a 48-24 win over Texas in a statement game on national television. He passed for 320 yards with touchdown strikes of 59 and 39 yards.
"We thought if we came out with a victory, we could win the Heisman. It's not just about me, it's about all of Baylor Nation," Griffin said. "I don't know if you can say we deserve it, but would definitely be warranted."
That Griffin is even being mentioned as a Heisman candidate is a testament to how far this once moribund program has come behind him and coach Art Briles over the past four years.
Baylor has its first nine-win season since 1986 and will have consecutive bowl berths for the first time since the early 1990s.
Griffin has accounted for 45 touchdowns passing and running this season to go with 3,998 yards passing.
"He's the most dynamic player in the NCAA," said Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway, who rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns and became Baylor's single-season rushing leader with 1,347 yards.
A fourth-year junior, Griffin has graduated and must decide if he will leave for the NFL.
Baylor squandered a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, though it forced six turnovers and allowed just three points after halftime.
TCU makes BCS case
FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU had a perfect ending in the Mountain West Conference that could get even sweeter.
The No. 18 Horned Frogs could bust into the Bowl Championship Series again after their third straight outright — and unblemished — Mountain West title, which they clinched with a 56-9 victory over UNLV. It was their last game in the league; they head for the Big 12 next year.
"We're probably going to celebrate more on winning the conference championship than we are going to be waiting on the BCS," senior linebacker Kris Gardner said. "But definitely fingers crossed."
If the Horned Frogs move into the top 16 of the final BCS standings tonight, they will be virtually guaranteed their third consecutive BCS game. The BCS grants automatic bids to teams from non-automatic qualifying conferences who finish ahead of a BCS league champion.
In this case TCU, No. 18 in the BCS going in, would have to rise at least two spots and finish ahead of near-certain Big East winner West Virginia, which was No. 23 going into the weekend.
The Frogs are leaving the Mountain West with a record 24 consecutive conference victories.
NO. 16 KANSAS ST. 30, IOWA ST. 23: John Hubert ran for 120 yards and the go-ahead touchdown, helping the host Wildcats sew up a 10-win season.
Picked to finish eighth in the Big 12, Kansas State instead put together one of the best seasons in school history with 10 wins.
"We've had a lot of ups and downs, but … we've been able to make improvements so we're a better team," said Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein, who ran for a touchdown and threw for one.
NO. 9 BOISE ST. 45, N.M. 0: Kellen Moore threw three touchdowns in the final home game of his career and Doug Martin ran for two more against New Mexico. Moore holds the NCAA record for victories by a quarterback. This was Moore's 49th career win as a starting quarterback, the best in Division I-A. He has 137 career touchdown passes, second best behind Houston's Case Keenum.