Baylor beats No. 2 Kansas State 52-24 to upset BCS

Associated Press Modified: November 18, 2012 at 12:17 am •  Published: November 18, 2012
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Let everybody else be surprised at what happened to second-ranked Kansas State on its way to a chance to play for its first national championship.

Nick Florence and the Baylor Bears aren't.

Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns, Lache Seastrunk had 185 yards rushing with an 80-yard score and the Bears again upset the BCS picture with a late-season victory, beat the Wildcats 52-24 on Saturday night.

"All week we believed we were going to beat them and if we did we weren't going to be surprised when it happened," said Florence, Baylor's successor to Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

Florence completed 20 of 32 passes for 238 yards, and ran nine times for 47 yards. Both of his passing touchdowns came in the first half when the Bears (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) jumped out to a 28-7 lead.

"I don't know if I would call it getting smacked in the mouth, but they took it to us," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "I really thought we prepared well, but as we found out, we didn't. I don't think we handled the situation as well as we should have been able to."

Collin Klein and the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1) can still get to a BCS game as the Big 12 champions. Getting to the BCS championship game is all but lost.

"Anger, frustration, obviously disappointment," Wildcats tight end Travis Tannahill described his feelings. "Confused. We just don't know what went wrong. We had a good week of practice. We felt prepared, everything we've done the last 10 games."

It was on the same weekend last November, on another Saturday night in Waco, when Griffin and Baylor upset then fifth-ranked Oklahoma after two teams ahead of the Sooners had already lost that day.

The Bears hadn't beaten an opponent ranked so high since a 13-7 win over No. 2 Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day 1957. They tied No. 1 Texas during the 1941 season.

Students and fans dressed in gold swarmed the field to celebrate when Saturday night's game ended for a Baylor team that still needs another win to be bowl eligible for the third season in a row.

"We are becoming a better football team. We felt good about the way we progressed," coach Art Briles said. "We are playing the best football of the season right now. We still have some road blocks ahead of us and the job's not finished yet."

The Bears play Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium next weekend, and finish the season at home against Oklahoma State.

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