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BAYLOR WINS BIG 12 TITLE

December 8, 2013
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



BAYLOR PRESS RELEASE

Bryce Pettyand ninth-ranked Baylor closed out their old stadium with quite a fiesta.

In what became a de facto Big 12 championship game after Oklahoma State's lost, Petty threw for 287 yards with touchdown passes on the first drives after halftime and the Bears won the their first title in the league with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.

The Bears (11-1, 8-1 Big 12), who never even had a winning record in the Big 12 before coach Art Brilesarrived six years ago, have the first 11-win season in school history and are headed to the Fiesta Bowl. That is the reward for their first outright title in any league since winning the Southwest Conference on 1980 when Mike Singletary called Floyd Casey Stadium home.

Antwan Goodley made a nifty one-handed grab on a slant pass for an 11-yard TD, one play after Petty overthrew his wide-open tight end at the goal line. After Texas (8-4, 7-2) went three-and-out, Lache Seastrunk had three consecutive runs for 28 yards and Glasco Martin ran 10 yards to help set up Petty's 6-yard TD pass to Levi Norwoodand a 17-3 lead.

Petty finished 21 of 37, with Goodley catching eight of those for 114 yards. Martin rushed for 102 yards with 18-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, one play after officials wiped out K.J. Morton'stouchdown on a 60-yard interception return when he was penalized for celebrating before getting into the end zone.

About the same time the coin toss was happening at midfield in Waco, No. 18 Oklahoma was wrapping up its 33-24 over No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2), which with convincing victories over both Baylor and Texas last month was in the position to win the Big 12's guaranteed BCS berth.

Before moving next year into a new $260 million stadium on campus, along busy Interstate 35 and the Brazos River, Baylor had a memorable finish in the final game after 64 seasons at Floyd Casey.

Fans in black, green or gold didn't even seem to mind the bitter cold - the temperature was 24 degrees at kickoff with the wind chill making it feel much colder. And most stayed around to share in the celebration and a stadium closing ceremony. They were chanting "Big 12 champs! Big 12 champs!" as time ran down and "We Are the Champions" blared loudly over the speakers with fans swarmed on the field.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Baylor secured its first-ever Big 12 title and third conference title in school history (1974, 1980 in Southwest Conference).
• Baylor earned its first-ever BCS bowl game appearance as the Bears will play in the Fiesta Bowl.
• Baylor set a school record with its 10th straight win at home and has not lost at "The Case" since Oct. 13, 2012 vs. TCU.
• Baylor has won 15 of its last 16 games and is 11-1 for the first time in school history, setting a new program high for wins in a season.
• With 508 yards of total offense in the game, the Bears have had at least 400 yards of total offense in 38 of its last 39 games.
• QB Bryce Petty completed 21-of-37 passes for 287 yards and 2 TDs. He's thrown for 200+ yards and at least 2 TDs in all 12 career starts.
• RB Glasco Martin's tied Walter Abercrombie for 5th on the all-time rushing TDs list with 24 in his career.
• Martin's 22 carries for 102 yards were both season highs and marked the 3rd time in his career he's surpassed the 100-yard mark (first time this season).
• Martin's 25-yard catch on 3rd-and-11 in the fourth quarter was his first of the season and was a career long catch.
• DE Shawn Oakman recorded his first career blocked field goal on a 44-yard attempt by Anthony Fera in the first quarter. Last time Baylor blocked a field goal was Sept. 19, 2009 vs. UCONN as Phil Taylor blocked a 44-yard attempt.
• WR Antwan Goodley's 12th TD catch of the season moved him into sole possession of 2nd place on the single-season Baylor list and he is now 2 shy of tying Kendall Wright for the record (14) set in 2011.
• Goodley's 8th 100-yard game of the season and his career leads the nation this season and ranks 8th all-time at Baylor on the career list and is one short of the single season record set by Kendall Wright in 2011.
• DB K.J. Morton notched his 2nd and 3rd interceptions of the season and 7th and 8th of his career -- the last time a Baylor player had 2 INTs in a game was by Eddie Lackey on Nov. 24, 2012, vs. Texas Tech.

STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor outgained Texas by almost 300 yards, holding a 508-217 advantage.

Final Team Statistics
 TexasBaylor
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 12 29
By Rushing 8 13
By Passing 3 15
By Penalty 1 1
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 2-17-12.0 7-19-37.0
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 1-2-50 0-1-0
TOTAL NET YARDS 217 508
Total Off. Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 69 92
Avg. gain per offensive play 3.1 5.5
NET YARDS RUSHING 163 221
Total Rushing Plays 35 54
Avg. gain per rushing play 4.7 4.1
NET YARDS PASSING 54 287
Times Thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 1-1 2-7
PASS ATTEMPTS-COMPLETIONS-HAD INTERCEPTED 34-12-2 38-21-0
Avg. gain per pass play (inc. # thrown passing) 1.6 7.6
PUNTS Number and average 9-38.3 5-42.6
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE (Not including kickoffs) 50 52
No. and Yards Punt Returns 2-50 2--8
No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 6-113 3-58
No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 2-60
PENALTIES No. and Yards 6-49 9-69
FUMBLES No. and Lost 0-0 3-0
TOUCHDOWNS 1 3
Rushing 0 1
Passing 1 2
EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 1-1 3-3
FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 1-2 3-5
SAFETIES 0 0
FINAL SCORE 10 30
TIME OF POSSESSION 28:22 31:38

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