Oklahoma hammers Baylor; Colorado turns back Missouri
Stillwater, Okla. Texas A&M; fought to keep its Big 12 title hopes alive. Oklahoma State needed a victory to temper a season of frustration.
Only Texas A&M; went away happy Saturday. The 24th-ranked Aggies, after taking a 21-7 third-quarter lead, held on to win, 21-16, by stopping Oklahoma State at the 15 in the final minute.
The victory sets up a big game next week in College Station against top-ranked Oklahoma, which leads the Big 12 South Division at 5-0. The Aggies (7-2 overall) are 5-1.
"We were very fortunate to get out of here with a victory," said coach R.C. Slocum, whose team spent much of the day in Cowboys territory and compiled 436 yards of offense.
He said the Aggies had not overlooked Oklahoma State (2-6, 0-5), which has lost six in a row.
"We anticipated that it would be about like it was out there today," Slocum said. "Maybe not quite that close, but every time we play them up here, it has been about like this."
The loss was just more frustration for coach Bob Simmons, who is working amid continuing speculation about his future. Athletics director Terry Don Phillips said this week that Simmons has clearly upgraded the program in his six years on the job, but that supporters of the program are dissatisfied with what is now assured to be a third straight losing season.
"There's no consolation in moral victories," Simmons said. "I thought the kids played lights out, hung in the game, stayed in the game, gave us an opportunity to win it in the end. But it wasn't supposed to be."
Mark Farris completed 24 of 37 passes for 246 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, and the Aggies had only one drive all day that went three plays and out. A 57-yard punt return for a touchdown by Gabe Lindsay and a failed two-point conversion try made the score 21-16 with 8:41 left in the game.
No. 1 Oklahoma 56, Baylor 7
Waco, Texas After three straight emotional wins over ranked opponents, Josh Heupel and top-ranked Oklahoma had a breather.
Heupel passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the undefeated Sooners beat Baylor to set up a key Big 12 showdown next week at Texas A&M.;
With Heupel throwing against the nation's 104th-rated defense and Curtis Fagan catching two TD passes, the Sooners led 42-0 at halftime. Heupel also ran for a TD in the first quarter.
Sooners fans, who made up about half of the announced crowd of 31,106, threw oranges on the field after some of Oklahoma's touchdowns, a sign of expectations that their team will play in the Orange Bowl for the national championship.
One of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy, Heupel could have had even bigger numbers but didn't play in the second half.
Colorado 28, Missouri 18
Columbia, Mo. Freshman Craig Ochs threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as Colorado scored after three Missouri turnovers.
Colorado (3-6, 3-3 Big 12) has won 14 of its last 16 games against Missouri. Buffaloes coach Gary Barnett, a wide receiver at Missouri under coach Dan Devine in the late 1960s, is 2-0 against his alma mater.
Missouri (2-6, 1-5) has allowed 112 points on 27 turnovers this season. The Tigers have scored just 39 points on 21 opponent turnovers.
The Buffaloes jumped to a 7-0 lead, driving 50 yards in 2:02 after Missouri botched a game-opening onside kick, to score on their first possession for the third straight game.
The Buffs then took advantage of three Missouri turnovers, scoring after each to lead 28-6 at halftime.