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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Sports Network) -
BAYLOR: A week after beating previously second-ranked Kansas State, the Bears notched a 52-45 overtime win at Texas Tech to become bowl eligible for the third straight season. Nick Florence threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's victory, completing 22-of-37 passes with his predecessor, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III standing on the sidelines watching. Lache Seastrunk rushed for 136 yards and Glasco Martin picked up 98 yards and a pair scores, including the game-winner in overtime. Terrance Williams hauled in seven passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, and Lanear Sampson had five receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. All told, the two teams combined for a staggering 1,241 yards from scrimmage, but it was the Bears who were left standing in the end despite three missed field goals. They did not take their first lead until early in the fourth quarter when Eddie Lackey returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. Baylor has one game left, against Oklahoma State this weekend, before learning its bowl fate.
IOWA STATE: Six days after becoming bowl eligible, the Cyclones concluded their regular season with a 31-24 setback to West Virginia on Friday. Making his first career start, redshirt freshman Sam Richardson finished with 162 yards and three touchdowns on 13-of-31 passing for Iowa State (6-6, 3-6), which lost for the third time in four outings to finish its schedule. Richardson also rushed for a team-high 119 yards. Josh Lenz had a team-best four receptions for 48 yards and a score in the losing effort. The Cyclones produced 234 rushing yards on 46 carries as a team. However, they also gave up 239 yards on the ground against a WVU squad that entered the contest with a five-game losing streak. Iowa State was driving down the field for a potential game-tying touchdown late in regulation, but a lost fumble at the WVU five- yard line with 3:59 to play sealed the team's fate.
KANSAS: The Jayhawks, who sit a dismal 1-10 on the year, were idle this past week. They'll wrap up their season at West Virginia this Saturday.
KANSAS STATE: After suffering their only loss of the season at Baylor last week, the Wildcats had the weekend off. They'll host Texas in Saturday's regular-season finale, but standing at No. 6 in the latest BCS standings, a shot at the national title is no longer in the cards.
OKLAHOMA: The Sooners improved to 9-2 with Saturday's 51-48 overtime victory against No. 22 Oklahoma State. With the victory, OU moved to No. 11 in this week's BCS standings. The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) are tied with Kansas State for first place in the conference standings. Oklahoma wraps up its regular season this Saturday at TCU, while the Wildcats come off a bye week to play Texas. Should the two finish with identical league records, the Wildcats would win the crown thanks to their 24-19 triumph over Oklahoma back on Sept. 22. Blake Bell's 4-yard touchdown run tied the game with four seconds remaining in regulation and Brennan Clay ran for an 18-yard score in overtime to clinch Saturday's victory in the 107th edition of the Bedlam Series. The game required an additional period because of a gutsy play call on 4th-and-1. Bell took the handoff, powered his way over the left guard and into the end zone, capping a 17-play drive that began at the Oklahoma 14. After Quinn Sharp kicked a 26-yard field goal for Oklahoma State in overtime, Clay charged up the middle of the line, bowled over a defender and shrugged off another on his way for the touchdown. Landry Jones completed 46 of his astounding 71 attempts for 500 yards with three touchdowns and one interception to move past Graham Harrell as the Big 12's career passing leader (16,124).
OKLAHOMA STATE: The 24th-ranked Cowboys lost a 51-48 contest at No. 12 Oklahoma to fall to 7-4 with one game remaining. The 107th installment of the Bedlam Series went to overtime after OU's Blake Bell tied the game on a four-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-1 with four seconds remaining in regulation. That TD capped a 17-play drive that began at the Sooners' 14, and Brennan Clay sealed it for OU with an 18-yard TD scamper in OT after the Cowboys kicked a field goal on their possession. The Cowboys defense fell victim to Landry Jones, who became the Big 12's career passing leader by completing 46-of-71 passes for 500 yards with three TDs and one interception on the day. Clint Chelf had 253 yards, one touchdown and one interception while connecting on 19-of-37 throws for Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3), which never trailed until the final score. Joseph Randle rushed for 113 yards and four touchdowns in the Cowboys' ninth loss in the last 10 years to Oklahoma. They haven't won in Norman since 2001. OSU heads to Baylor this week to wrap up the regular season.
TCU: The Horned Frogs picked up a 20-13 win at No. 18 Texas on Thanksgiving to improve to 7-4 on the season and earn the 600th victory in school history. Matthew Tucker ran for a pair of touchdowns, finishing with 57 yards on 14 carries for the Horned Frogs, who have won two of their last three outings. Trevone Boykin completed 7-of-9 passes for 82 yards with an interception while adding a game-high 77 yards on 10 carries in the win. Following the game, head coach Gary Patterson noted that his team still made plenty of mistakes but fought to overcome them. The defense notched four takeaways on the day, and that proved to be a key factor in notching the team's signature conference victory in its first year as a member of the Big 12. The Horned Frogs intercepted two passes near their own goal line to thwart a couple of UT scoring drives and scooped up a fumble at the Texas 16 to set up a touchdown just before the half. TCU ran the ball 48 times for 217 yards and attempted only 10 passes while improving to 4-1 on the road in conference play this season. The Horned Frogs are now 14-9 against ranked opponents under Patterson and will host 12th-ranked Oklahoma in Saturday's regular-season finale.
TEXAS: The Longhorns dropped five spots in the AP poll to No. 23 following their 20-13 home loss to TCU on Thanksgiving night. Texas committed four turnovers, including two interceptions near the goal line and a lost fumble on its own 16 to set up a Horned Frogs' TD. David Ash started the game at quarterback for Texas and completed 10-of-21 passes for 104 yards and two interceptions and a lost fumble before getting replaced in the fourth quarter by Case McCoy. McCoy went 11-of-17 through the air for 110 yards, but tossed the game-sealing interception as the Longhorns (8-3, 5-3) had their four-game win streak snapped. Defensively, they gave up 217 yards on 48 carries as TCU attempted only 10 passes for the game. UT entered the tilt with an outside shot at the Big 12 title or a BCS bowl bid with a win. Instead, those turnovers proved costly and the Longhorns will wrap up their regular season at Kansas State this weekend.
TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders were on the wrong end of another shootout on Saturday, as they wrapped up their regular season with a 52-45 overtime setback to Baylor. The Red Raiders, who were 6-1 at one point this season and ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation, finished the campaign at 7-5 thanks to losses in four of their last five outings. Saturday's affair saw both teams combine for 1,241 yards, but BU came through in the end. TTU was kept alive in part because of three missed field goals by the Bears, including one on the final play of regulation. Seth Doege threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-40 accuracy, but he was also intercepted three times. Darrin Moore caught 13 passes for 186 yards and two scores, while Eric Ward brought in nine balls for 113 yards and a TD for the Red Raiders, who finished the regular season ranked No. 2 nationally in passing offense. Kenny Williams rushed for 89 yards and a score in the loss.
WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers ended their longest losing streak since 1986 with Saturday's 31-24 triumph at Iowa State, which also marked their sixth win of the season to become bowl eligible. It has been a wild ride for WVU, which ranks in the top-15 nationally in both total offense (506.9 ypg) and scoring offense (40.0 ppg), but is 117th in both total defense (487.4 ypg) and scoring defense (40.7 ppg). Geno Smith completed 22-of-31 passes for 236 yards and two scores to help the Mountaineers snap their five-game slide. Shawne Alston racked up 130 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts to pace the rushing attack, while Stedman Bailey finished with seven receptions for 82 yards and a score. Tavon Austin also had a very productive day with 261 all-purpose yards and one touchdown catch. He turned a flip pass into a 75-yard touchdown for the go- ahead score with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation. With ISU driving down the field late in regulation with a chance to tie, the Mountaineers defense came up with a huge fumble recovery in the end zone with less than four minutes remaining to seal the outcome.