WACO, Texas (AP) — Charlie Brewer threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Denzel Mims with seven seconds left to give Baylor a 35-31 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Brewer didn’t play the first three quarters after spending the week in concussion protocol since Baylor’s last game. But he led the Bears (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) to consecutive touchdown drives after entering the game, including a 36-yard TD pass to Jalen Hurd with 5:43 left.
Baylor’s game-winning drive started after Oklahoma State (5-4, 2-4) was stopped on fourth down, when Chris Miller sacked Taylor Cornelius for a 9-yard loss with 1:31 left.
The Bears then went 55 yards on either plays, the winning score coming on Brewer’s TD to Mims.
The win gets Baylor within one win of bowl eligibility, a year after winning only one game in coach Matt Rhule’s first season.
John Lovett ran for 104 yards and a touchdown, including a 75-yarder one play after Oklahoma State took a two-score lead late in the third quarter. Jalan McClendon got the start at quarterback for Baylor and threw for 102 yards with an interception. He had a 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter.
Baylor’s only lead before the final score was after a blocked punt by Christian Morgan that was taken seven yards to the end zone by Trestan Ebner to make it 14-10 in the second quarter.
Cornelius threw for 287 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score. Justice Hill had 119 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys led most of the way but couldn’t follow up its upset win over then-No. 6 Texas. That leaves them one win shy of being bowl eligible for the 13th straight season, with road games against No. 7 Oklahoma and TCU, and a home tilt with No. 12 West Virginia. In addition to the blocked punt, Matt Amendola had a 47-yard field goal blocked and was well short kicking a 45-yarder into a stiff breeze.
Baylor: The Bears were winless at home last season but are 4-1 with only a reeling TCU team still set to come to McLane Stadium. They won despite coming up empty on their first two drives, both of which ended inside the Oklahoma State 10. The first was an interception in the end zone by Rodarius Williams, and Connor Martin missed a 26-yard field goal to end the second.
Oklahoma State: Bedlam at No. 7 Oklahoma next Saturday.
Baylor: at Iowa State on Saturday.
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