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No. 25 Baylor shakes up No. 5 Oklahoma

Robert Griffin throws for 479 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner with eight seconds left.

November 19, 2011|Wire reports
  • Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin reacts after one of his four touchdown passes during the Bears' 45-38 upset of No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin reacts after one of his four touchdown… (Rod Aydelotte / Associated…)

waco, texas — — Robert Griffin and Baylor created even more chaos in the national championship race with a stunning blow against fifth-ranked Oklahoma.

Griffin threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns, including a 34-yarder to Terrance Williams with eight seconds left, and 25th-ranked Baylor beat the Sooners for the first time, 45-38 on Saturday night.

The Sooners (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) had overcome a two-touchdown deficit to tie the score on Blake Bell's fourth touchdown run, a six-yarder with 51 seconds left. The Bears then went 80 yards in five plays, with Griffin scrambling for runs of 22 and eight yards before then finding Williams in the back corner for the end zone.

The Sooners' loss came a night after Big 12 rival and No. 2 Oklahoma State suffered its first loss, and soon after No. 4 Oregon became a two-loss team.

Oklahoma used its expanded "Belldozer" package featuring third-string quarterback Bell — a 6-foot-6, 245-pound freshman — to rally from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Bell scored four touchdowns in five carries.

After Bell's fourth touchdown run pulled the Sooners within 38-37 with 51 seconds left, Oklahoma lined up in the jumbo package to try a two-point conversion. After a false start penalty, though, the Sooners kicked the extra point, presumably to send it to overtime.

Instead, Griffin led the Bears on a five-play, 80-yard drive in 43 seconds.

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