Friday, March 7, 2014
From Staff And News Services
WACO, Texas — Bryce Petty threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, Shock Linwood ran for 182 yards and fifth-ranked Baylor stayed undefeated by passing its first big test with a 41-12 victory over No. 12 Oklahoma on Thursday night.
Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) scored twice in the final minute before halftime and stretched its school-record winning streak to 12 games since a loss at Oklahoma last November.
The Bears are 8-0 for the first time.
Even though Baylor came in leading the nation in scoring (64 points per game) and total offense (718 yards per game) – and was outscoring opponents by an average margin of 48 points – many questioned how good the Bears were after getting into November without playing a ranked team. They have now, and they responded with an impressive victory against a team that used to routinely overwhelm them.
Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2) has a 21-2 lead in the series, but both losses have come in its last two trips to Floyd Casey Stadium for prime-time games.
Petty completed 13 of 26 passes for a season-low 204 yards. He ran 16 times for 45 yards.
Bell finished 15 of 35 passing for 150 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Oklahoma had 237 total yards.
The Bears are 5-0 at home against Top 25 teams since the start of the 2011 season. That includes a 45-38 win over the Sooners two years ago in a game that likely clinched the Heisman Trophy for Robert Griffin III.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Carl Pelini wants his job back as head coach, asking school officials to rescind the resignation letter that he now claims he was forced to sign after being confronted with allegations that he used illegal drugs.
Pelini, who was FAU’s coach for 20 games, said he denied using the drugs, later identified in other documents as marijuana and cocaine.
When FAU announced his resignation Oct. 30, Athletic Director Patrick Chun said Pelini and now-former defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis both acknowledged that they used drugs.
ALBANY 1, MAINE 0: Maine lost a defensive battle to Albany in the semifinals of the America East tournament at Durham, N.H.
The Black Bears end the season with an 11-9 overall record, 3-3 in the conference.
Albany (16-4, 4-1) will play top-seeded New Hampshire for the conference title on Saturday.
For Maine, Danielle Aviani had two shots on goal, while Natasha Ford made one save on two shots.
BOWDOIN-COLBY: Tickets for the Bowdoin-Colby game Nov. 23 at Brunswick will be available to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Admission is free, but fans must have a ticket to attend.
Tickets will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the Bowdoin Athletic Department Offices in the Peter Buck Center until all have been distributed.
The game will also be streamed in high definition on the Bowdoin College website.
NEBRASKA: Former basketball star Kelsey Griffin will have her No. 23 jersey retired in January.
Griffin was a first-team All-American, national player-of-the-year finalist and Big 12 player of the year in 2010. Griffin and Karen Jennings are the only players in program history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Griffin now plays in the WNBA and in Australia.
OREGON: Guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter, both sophomores, have each been suspended for the season’s first nine games for selling team apparel.
The length of the suspension was announced Thursday, two days after the school revealed the NCAA violations.
Artis and Carter did not accompany the team on its trip to South Korea for the Ducks’ opener against Georgetown on Friday.
Oregon did not provide details about what the players sold. Both must donate the value of the apparel to charity.