STILLWATER, Okla. — Clint Chelf passed for a career-high 370 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as No. 11 Oklahoma State took down another national-championship hopeful, easily defeating No. 3 Baylor 49-17 last night.
Chelf, who lost the starting job earlier this season for the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12 Conference), threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score — continuing his mastery of the stunned Bears in front of a record crowd of 60,218 in Boone Pickens Stadium.
The senior also had a 48-yard reception and finished with 438 yards of total offense. He was 19 of 25 passing. Tracy Moore had five catches for 126 yards for Oklahoma State.
Bryce Petty was 28 of 48 passing for 359 yards for Baylor (9-1, 6-1), whose 13-game winning streak was snapped and hasn’t won in Stillwater since 1939.
The Bears’ loss leaves Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State as the lone remaining unbeatens near the top of the Bowl Championship Series rankings.
Oklahoma State now has won 10 or more games in three of the past four seasons, and can win the Big 12 by beating rival Oklahoma at home in two weeks.
The Bears entered last night’s game averaging a national-best 61.2 points and 684.8 yards per game.
They had no answers for a Cowboys defense that held the high-powered attack in check most of the way.
Oklahoma State forced three Baylor fumbles and stopped the Bears on two key fourth-down attempts in the second half — both which led to Cowboys touchdowns.
Baylor finished with 453 yards of total offense, and Antwan Goodley had 10 catches for 118 yards receiving.
The Cowboys finished with 594 yards of total offense.
After falling behind 35-3, Baylor appeared on the verge of cutting the lead to 35-17 early in the fourth quarter.
However, Petty fumbled deep in Oklahoma State territory and Tyler Patmon returned it 78 yards for a touchdown to put the Cowboys up 42-10.
The score put the exclamation point on a thoroughly one-sided performance.
Chelf lost the starting job earlier this year, but worked his way back to the role of top option for the Cowboys. The senior accounted for four touchdowns in last week’s win over Texas, but he was at his best last night — capping the performance with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jhajuan Seales.