STILLWATER, Okla. — Clint Chelf’s latest career day against Baylor sent another shock wave through the top of the BCS standings, and put Oklahoma State within reach of a Big 12 Conference championship in the process.
The Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) quarterback passed for a career-high 370 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the No. 11 Cowboys dismantled the No. 3 Bears 49-17 Saturday night.
Chelf, who was 19 of 25, has thrown for 703 yards in his last two games against Baylor (9-1, 6-1) — including last year’s 41-34 loss in Waco. His latest performance came in a win, a crushing one that delighted the record crowd of 60,218 in Boone Pickens Stadium.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what he’s accomplished,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s been a good leader and he does it quiet. He’s been humbled, and for that he’s had success.”
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The loss for the Bears almost certainly dooms their national-title aspirations, leaving Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State as the lone remaining unbeatens near the top of the BCS standings. They’ll certainly line up in that order when the new numbers come out Sunday.
Bryce Petty was 28 of 48 passing for 359 yards for Baylor, which had its school-record 13-game winning streak snapped and hasn’t won in Stillwater since 1939.
“This is very difficult,” Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon said. “ … This hurts. Our chances of still winning the Big 12 aren’t over, but we wanted something bigger than that.
“We wanted something that’s never been done before, and that was to go to a national championship. That dream came down.”
Oklahoma State has won 10 or more games in three of the last four seasons, and can win the Big 12 by beating rival Oklahoma at home in two weeks.
Chelf threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score against the Bears, against whom he set his previous career best with 333 yards passing last year. He also had a 48-yard reception and finished with 438 yards of total offense.
“We’ll bounce back from this,” Petty said. “I’m not going anywhere, and we’re not going anywhere. We still have a lot to accomplish.”