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WACO, Texas (Sports Network) - Baylor came into this weekend against No. 2 Kansas State ranked last in the country in defense. The Bears exited Saturday's game with one of the biggest upsets of the season, and stopped Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein in a 52-24 victory, and sent a devastating blow to the Wildcats' national championship hopes.
Baylor (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) headed into this week ranked second in total offense in the nation, but last in yardage given up at 520 per game. The Bears picked off Klein three times, including two from Joe Williams.
At the end of the game, Floyd Casey Stadium was a sea of green and gold.
The first loss for the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1) will drop them from No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series standings with the likely outcome Sunday moving Notre Dame into one of the top two positions. Notre Dame dismantled Wake Forest, 38-0 Saturday.
Oregon, which held the No. 2 BCS ranking, lost in overtime against Stanford, 17-14, Saturday night. Alabama, which was No. 4 in the BCS, pounded Western Carolina, 49-0.
The duo of Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin shredded K-State's defense. Seastruk had 185 yards and a touchdown and Martin 113 yards and three TDs. Nick Florence completed 20-of-32 passes for 238 yards with two scores and a pair of interceptions.
Klein ended 27-of-50 for 286 yards with a pair of touchdowns, but the Wildcats came up short in their bid to clinch a share of the Big 12 title.
The Wildcats have one game remaining, Dec. 1 at home against Texas.
Sam Holl picked off Klein's pass over the middle less than a minute into the second half. Baylor took advantage of the turnover when Martin scored on a 4- yard run, expanding the lead to 35-17.
The Wildcats pinned the Bears at their 1 following a punt, and a crucial mistake by Florence allowed K-State to draw closer. On second down, Florence threw an out pattern to Terrance Williams, but the ball went in the hands of defensive back Randall Evans at the 1. Klein scored on the ensuing play with 12:25 left in the quarter.
Baylor gambled on its ensuing drive, but on 4th-and-3 Martin powered up the middle for a first down. The Bears turned the march into a 50-yard field goal from Aaron Jones.
Florence found Terrance Williams on the ensuing Baylor drive for 43 yards, and Martin capped the march with a 15-yard touchdown run for a dominating 45-24 lead with 4:32 to go in the third quarter.
Joe Williams picked off Klein in the end zone to thwart a 14-play drive, and on the next play, Seastrunk broke free up the middle for an 80-yard jaunt to the end zone, to essentially put the game out of reach.
Baylor's defense stood tall in the fourth quarter by stuffing Klein on a 4th- and-goal from the 1, ending a series in which the Wildcats held the ball for more than eight minutes.
Florence threw 38 yards to Tevin Reese for a touchdown less than two minutes into the game, but the Wildcats tied the score on Klein's 8-yard TD strike to Torell Miller.
The Bears went ahead 14-7 on Florence's 12-yard run later in the first, and Klein was picked off by Joe Williams deep in Baylor territory early in the second.
Florence hit Terrance Williams for a 22-yard score in the second, the play after a K-State interception was negated by an offsides penalty.
Martin scored on a 2-yard run up the middle for a 28-7 margin, but the Wildcats netted the final 10 points of the half - on a Klein 7-yard pass to Chris Harper, and a 23-yard field goal from Anthony Cantele.
Martin's 4-yard run to the end zone widened the gap to 35-17.