STILLWATER — Lee Corso and Marcus Smart predicted OSU victory during ESPN's College GameDay show Saturday morning. So some people saw it coming.
But not this way. Not with a defensive performance for the ages.
A day that began with Corso donning Pistol Pete's head, and shooting off his firearms, ended with even more revelry.
The 10th-ranked Cowboys stunned fourth-ranked Baylor 49-17 Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium to put OSU in the driver's seat for the Big 12 football championship.
And now the Cowboys host OU on Dec. 7 with a chance to secure the Fiesta Bowl berth that goes to the Big 12 champion.
“When I was going to school here, beating OU would have made our year,” said Tyler Evans of Tulsa, OSU class of 2006. “I couldn't be happier with the way things are going and this win."
An OSU record crowd of 60,218 – the first sellout in the new Boone Pickens Stadium – roared throughout the bitterly cold night as the Cowboys' domination grew and grew.
A Baylor offense that going into the game led the nation in points per game (61.2) and yards per game (648.8) was held to 17 points and 453 yards.
Through three quarters, Baylor had just three points and 296 yards, and OSU had a 35-3 lead.
“I was actually worried before the game, but I started thinking maybe the defense will win this game for us,” said Keith Frazier of Stillwater, OSU class of '71.
“I'm happy for Clint Chelf, for the defense and for Glenn Spencer.”
Spencer is the coordinator of the defense that shut down the Bears.
Chelf is the quarterback who upstaged Baylor's Bryce Petty, who had been garnering Heisman Trophy consideration in recent weeks.
Chelf completed his first 12 passes, finished 19-of-25 for 370 yards with two touchdowns, and led an OSU offense that totaled 594 yards.