Waco, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Running back Glasco Martin ran for three scores and Nick Florence threw two touchdown passes as Baylor scored 24 points in the third quarter to shock No. 1 Kansas State, 52-24, Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium.
The loss came just one week after the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) grabbed the top spot from defending national champion Alabama, meaning a new No. 1 team could be crowned Monday.
Martin rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries while Florence completed 20 of 32 passes for 238 yards and two interceptions as the Bears beat a No. 1 team for the first time in school history.
Sophomore Lache Seastrunk tallied 185 yards on 19 tries and Florence added 47 yards on nine carries as the Bears’ running game garnered 342 ground yards on 49 carries.
Senior wide receiver Terrance Williams finished with 87 yards on five catches and a touchdown while junior Tevin Reese added 61 yards on five receptions and a score for the Bears (5-5, 2-5 Big 12).
Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein finished 27-for-50 for 286 yards and two touchdowns but threw three interceptions for the Wildcats, whose chance for a spot in the BCS championship game was dashed after the loss.
Klein also rushed for 39 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, making him the first quarterback fro a BCS AQ school in the BCS era to rush for at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 10 touchdowns in multiple seasons.
The Wildcats have a chance to grab a share of the Big 12 crown and play for a BCS game if they win against No. 18 Texas in their final regular season schedule.
Wide receiver Chris Harper hauled in a career-high 11 receptions for 123 yards. His 11 receptions were tied for eighth in school history.
Florence opened the first period with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Reese but Klein bounced back with a seven-yard scoring toss to Torell Miller to tie the game.
However, Florence closed the first period with a 12-yard touchdown run after an 11-play, 75-yard drive.
The Bears extended their lead to 28-7 behind Florence’s touchdown heave to Williams and Martin’s two-yard scoring run before Klein connected with Chris Harper for a seven-yard touchdown pass and Anthony Cantele’s 24-yard field goal to trim the gap to 28-17 at the break.