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Huge second half puts K-State into BCS

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Collin Klein threw for a touchdown and ran for two as No. 7 Kansas State beat No. 23 Texas 42-24 Saturday night for the Big 12 title, its third conference crown in 117 years, and a Fiesta Bowl berth.

The Wildcats had never played for a conference championship in their last game at home. (Their other two Big 12 titles came in neutral-site games.) And the team predicted to finish sixth by the coaches during the preseason turned a 10-7 halftime deficit into a fifth consecutive victory over Texas.

Kansas State and Oklahoma finished 8-1 in the league, but Kansas State won their matchup, 24-19 on Sept. 22 in Norman.

The Wildcats opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive capped by John Hubert's 2-yard touchdown run. Texas answered with a touchdown drive of its own that ended with a 2-yard run by Malcolm Brown.

But Kansas State scored the next four touchdowns. Hubert scored two of them on short runs. Klein found the end zone on a 9-yard run, and Tyler Lockett caught a 55-yard touchdown to start the blowout.

Sooners hold off Frogs

FORT WORTH, Texas — Landry Jones threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns as No. 12 Oklahoma beat TCU 24-17 to earn a share of the title.

The Sooners would have won the title outright if Kansas State had lost. Even so, the Sooners, whose only other loss came to No. 1 Notre Dame, are in good shape for an at-large BCS berth.

"In the end, it's just great to be in this position and to be a winner again," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "For these guys, Big 12 champs or co-champs, they're recognized as champions."

TCU still had a chance when Oklahoma's Mike Hunnicut missed a 42-yard field goal with 2:49 left. Freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin appeared to score on a 12-yard run. But a holding penalty nullified the touchdown. Soon after, Hunnicut threw an incompletion on fourth and 12.

"We like to make them interesting around this place," Jones said. "Unfortunately, we didn't finish it the way we wanted to offensively, but the defense did."

TCU, a two-time BCS buster while in the Mountain West, lost all four of its Big 12 home games (while going 4-1 in the road games) in its first season in the league.

"We had a chance to win," TCU coach Gary Patterson said; "simple as that."

Baylor 41, No. 24 Okla. St. 34: Lache Seastrunk rushed for 178 yards, including a late 76-yard touchdown, for the host Bears. Baylor has won at least seven games in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1949-51. One play after the Cowboys cut it to 34-27 with 5:30 left, Seastrunk burst through the middle. He slowed about 25 yards shy of the end zone, stumbled and fell with a cramp in his right leg as he scored. "In order to be a good football team like we've been the last few years … you have to be able to win on the road," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "That comes with experience and maturity. We didn't really have that (Saturday)."

W. Va. 59, Kansas 10: Geno Smith tied a Division I-A record by completing 95.8 percent of his passes for the host Mountaineers. He went 23-of-24 for 407 yards and three touchdowns, matching Tennessee's Tee Martin against South Carolina in 1998. West Virginia scored touchdowns on five of its six first-half possessions to lead 35-7.

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