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No. 5 Football Wins Big 12 Championship

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 47,934

(11-1, 8-1) 5/5/6

WACO, Texas (AP) - Bryce Petty threw for 412 yards, Johnny Jefferson had two touchdown runs and fifth-ranked Baylor claimed a share of its second consecutive Big 12 title with a 38-27 win over ninth-ranked Kansas State on Saturday night.

The Bears (11-1, 8-1 Big 12, No. 6 CFP) now have to wait and see if they will get a chance to be in the four-team playoff. TCU, which also grabbed a share of the conference title, but lost to Baylor earlier this season, also is in the mix.

TCU (11-1, 8-1, No. 3 CFP) has won seven in a row since its 61-58 loss to the Bears.

Petty completed 34 of 40 passes with a touchdown and an interception, a week after getting knocked out of the Bears' last game with a concussion.

• Baylor earned a share of the Big 12 championship for the second time ever and second straight year -- the first time BU has ever won a conference title in two straight years and the program's eighth all-time conference title (6 in Southwest Conference, 2 in Big 12).
• Baylor is now one of two teams to win the Big 12 title in back-to-back seasons (Oklahoma, 2006-08).
• QB Bryce Petty has thrown a TD in a BU-career-record 24 straight games played.
• Petty (412 passing yards) extended his school record with a 15th career 300-yard passing game, and recorded a 6th career 400-yard passing game to own the BU record.
• Petty had a 1-yard rushing TD on the game's first drive, making him the 9th player in program history with 20 career rushing TDs.
• Petty had a career-high 34 completions.
• RB Shock Linwood had a 1-yard rushing TD in the 1st quarter for his 24th career rushing TD, tying for 6th-most in Baylor history -- it was also his 16th rushing TD of the season, which ranks 2nd on Baylor's single-season list.
• RB Johnny Jefferson had his first career multi-TD game with touchdown carries of 2 and 3 yards, bringing his season total to 6 rushing TDs.
• WR Antwan Goodley had a 58-yard TD reception in the 3rd quarter for his 6th receiving TD of the season and 21st of his career.
• Goodley (116 receiving yards) had his 11th career 100-yard receiving game, the 4th-most in Baylor history.
• WR Levi Norwood had a career-high-tying 7 receptions and has now had at least one reception in 35 straight games.
• DE Shawn Oakman had a 3-yard sack in the 1st quarter, giving him 10.0 on the season, which ties for 2nd-most in program history. It also gave Oakman 18.5 tackles-for-loss, which are 3rd-most in a season in BU history.
• Oakman is now tied for 7th on Baylor's career sacks list with 12.0, and his 31.0 career tackles-for-loss are 8th-most in BU history.
• MLB Bryce Hager (12 tackles) had his 13th career double-digit tackles game (5th of season).
• PK Chris Callahan made a career-long 46-yard field goal on the last play of the first half. Callahan has made 15 of his last 16 FGs, after starting his career 1-of-6.
• DE K.J. Smith had a 4-yard sack, giving him 5.0 sacks on the season and he added another 0.5 tackle-for-loss to reach 10.0 tackles-for-loss this season.
• LB Taylor Young (career-high 13 tackles) had his 2nd career double-digit tackles game.
• CB Xavien Howard had his 4th interception of the season and 5th of career with 5:08 left in 4th quarter and KSU in BU territory.

85%: Completion percentage for Bryce Petty, who threw for 412 yards and a touchdown.


"First of all, a tremendous accomplishment by our football team. That being said, you know, it's so hard to repeat as a champion. That's why Seattle is struggling a bit this year. The Pac-12, The Big 10 and the SEC, those people are having new champions. The Big12 and Florida State won tonight in the ACC repeated. It's tough to do. Last year it was a thrill, it was exciting, it was hopeful, and this year, it's like what I was saying, we got the windows rolled up and the doors locked because someone is trying to get to us and you know, we're not taking jabs, we're taking hey makers. They're trying to knock us out. And for our football team to sustain through that and through the season really shows me a lot of substance in our program and in those players and in our fan base." - Baylor football head coach Art Briles

Baylor awaits its postseason destiny, which will be announced Sunday.



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