ARLINGTON, Texas– Dezmon Jackson got here up inches inform on a determined, fourth-down dive within the closing seconds for Oklahoma State, knocking the fifth-ranked Cowboys out of competitors for an area within the four-team playoff.
” Simply heartbreak,” Cowboys guard Josh Sills pointed out.
Baylor security Jairon McVea knocked Jackson out of bounds with out letting him obtain the pylon with 24 seconds staying within the Massive 12 championship sport Saturday, preserving a 21-16 triumph for ninth-ranked Baylor.
The Bears win got here a year after they went 2-7 in coach Dave Arandas debut last season.
” This second is one thing theyll by no means take away,” Bears linebacker Terrel Bernard mentioned.
1 AssociatedAranda recalled Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy informing him “that lucrative is hard” earlier than an earlier assembly between the groups. The title sport was a specific instance of that.
Blake Shapen, beginning again for hurt Gerry Bohanon (proper hamstring) threw three TDs whereas completing his first 17 passes as Baylor (11-2) took a 21-Three lead within the first half.
The Cowboys (11-2) rallied once again, then went 89 yards on 17 carries out on that closing drive earlier than their Massive 12 and nationwide championship hopes wound up just shy.
After having first-and-goal from 2 following a cross disturbance charge, Jackson got a lawn and was held for no acquire earlier than an incomplete cross by Spencer Sanders.
On 4th below the 1, Jackson attempted to brush broad left, nevertheless with McVea in pursuit, he barely missed out on whereas making an attempt to accomplish the pylon within the entryway nook of the idea zone.
” Once I noticed the working once again with the ball, I believed Ive bought to run this guy down,” McVea discussed, who wasnt even certain the location the ball was when the offer with was made. “The ref indicated not a landing, so after I discovered that I used to be fairly joyful.”
” They made play. It is not 27 ′ s fault,” Gundy discussed, referring to Jackson.
Sanders threw 4 interceptions, one by McVea, and the Cowboys have actually been with out main rusher Jaylen Warren due to his remaining ankle and shoulder points.
There would need to be some mayhem, within the type of an upset or 2 in various convention title computer game later on within the day, for third-time Massive 12 champ Baylor to have a chance to be within the closing 4 for the primary time when the CFP rankings come out Sunday.
Aranda handed on politicking for the playoff. Baylors 11 wins match a college file and got here after the 2-7 file final year, when the pandemic broken spring drills when he was coming off a nationwide champion as LSU protective coordinator.
” I am specific it must work out the very best method it is supposed to,” he pointed out.
Baylor received with 242 complete yards of offense, solely 36 after halftime. Shapen completed 23 of 28 for 180 backyards passing overall.
Oklahoma State had a 3-Zero lead on Tanner Browns 23-yard location objective arrange after all-purpose Baylor once again Trestan Ebner fumbled on the opening drive of the sport. Sanders threw tease the subsequent 2 drives, arranging Baylor with brief fields for three-play TD drives– a 2-yard TD cross to wide-open tight open Ben Sims and Drew Estradas 4-yard scoring catch.
Baylors 21-Three lead, and the Cowboys largest deficit this season, got here after an inconceivable 13-yard diving catch by Tyquan Thornton with a protector on his again with 5 1/2 minutes left within the very first half.
The Cowboys bought inside 21-16 on Browns 20-yard location goal with 8:17 left. That was organize after Ebner muffed a punt recuperated by Korie Black, who had ended the primary half by deflecting a location goal try that got here up woefully quick.
McVea had his interception early within the second half, nevertheless Baylor didnt get a main down. As a replacement of punting from their very own 36, the Bears went for it on fourth down and Shapen required to merely throw the ball away with out an open receiver. 8 carries out later on, Dominic Richardson scored on a 4-yard run for the Cowboys.
” I advised the team within the locker space how happy I utilized to be that theyve performed all the important things we have requested them to do considering that January,” Gundy discussed. “Got here up simply some inches brief, however I furthermore made them conscious of that does not have something to do with what theyve attained this year.”
The Bears season final year ended with a 42-Three residence loss to Oklahoma State.
Asked for if he may distinction the very best way last season ended with how his second yr performed out, Aranada merely pointed out: “No.”.
Baylor: The Bears received the 2013 Massive 12 title outright and shared in 2014 with TCU, each of these coming throughout a six-season stretch when there wasnt a championship sport for the convention. Baylor misplaced to Oklahoma within the title sport 2 years in the past.
McVea had his interception early within the 2nd half, nevertheless Baylor didnt get a main down. Eight carries out later on, Dominic Richardson scored on a 4-yard run for the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State: Sanders had 7 interceptions within the 2 video games this season in opposition to Baylor, although the Cowboys got the primary assembly 24-14 on Oct. 2. The main pick Saturday was proper to the protector, and the second was picked off by leaping linebacker Matt Jones when Sanders, below stress, attempted to throw off his again foot towards the sideline. … Oklahoma State, in addition with out standout heart Danny Godlevske had exclusively 70 backyards speeding on 40 brings (1.
Oklahoma State: Sanders had 7 interceptions within the two video games this season in opposition to Baylor, although the Cowboys received the main assembly 24-14 on Oct. 2. … Oklahoma State, additionally with out standout heart Danny Godlevske had solely 70 yards speeding on 40 brings (1.
Baylor: A New Years Six bowl sport, going to the Sugar Bowl if not within the playoff.
Oklahoma St.: Ready to locate out which bowl sport waits for.