Nov. 6, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - After being held scoreless in the first half, Baylor scored 28 second-half points, but it was not enough as the 22nd-ranked Bears dropped a 55-28 Big 12 South contest Saturday at No. 19 Oklahoma State.
Justin Blackmon had 173 yards receiving and a touchdown and also scored on a 69-yard run in his return from a suspension. Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 435 yards and three scores and Kendall Hunter rammed in a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs for Oklahoma State (8-1, 4-1 Big 12), which opened a 34-0 lead as it moved past the Bears (7-3, 4-2) in the conference standings.
The Bears and Cowboys were picked to finish at bottom of the division at the start of the season. It was clear pretty early which of the surprise teams was better on Saturday, as Cowboy players turned in a handful of career bests and school records.
Blackmon came back from a one-game suspension stemming from his arrest on a DUI charge and surpassed 100 yards receiving for the eighth straight time, tying the school record set by Hart Lee Dykes in 1988.
He also added to the nation's best receiving average, which had been 158.9 yards per game, and tied his career best with 13 receptions. Bo Bowling set a new career high for the second straight week with 101 yards receiving, and Colton Chelf and Josh Cooper added touchdown catches.
Weeden was 34 for 42 to break the school record for completions in a game. He threw an 8-yard pass to Chelf to start the Cowboys' final drive and break Zac Robinson's record of 430 yards against Texas in 2007.
Oklahoma State piled up 725 yards to break the school record for total offense for the second time this season and took a half-game lead over No. 11 Oklahoma (7-1, 3-1), which played later Saturday at Texas A&M.
Until midway through the third quarter, only one of the Big 12's top two offenses could get anything done.
The Cowboys pulled out to a 24-0 halftime lead by scoring on four of their six first-half possessions - and they had chances to score on the other two.
Weeden's would-be touchdown pass down the right sideline dropped in over Blackmon's shoulder and went through his arms before falling in complete, and kicker Dan Bailey was wide right from 31 yards out to end the half. It was his first miss in 11 field goal tries this season.
The Cowboys still had plenty of cushion, though.
Blackmon caught a 5-yard TD pass on a fade from Weeden in the back, right corner of the end zone to go with Hunter's two first-half TDs.
Johnny Thomas then prevented the Bears from getting on the scoreboard by cutting in front of a seemingly open Krys Buerck in the end zone to intercept Griffin's pass for Baylor's third turnover of the half. Brodrick Brown also stripped Josh Gordon and Shaun Lewis knocked the ball free from Finley.
Blackmon tacked on another score on the first play of the second half, taking a pitch from Weeden and racing 69 yards down the left sideline for his first career rushing touchdown. He was leading the nation in TD catches this season before adding his 15th against the Bears.
Bailey's 23-yard field goal made it 34-0 before Baylor finally was able to respond.
Robert Griffin III had 267 yards on 30 for 48 passing but Baylor's dual-threat quarterback was largely contained by the Cowboys. Terrance Ganaway and Jay Finley each had two rushing TDs for the Bears, who were seeking their first four-game conference winning streak since 1986-87.