INDIANAPOLIS — Cardale Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a career-high 220 yards and two scores and No. 6 Ohio State made an emphatic statement with a 59-0 rout over No. 11 Wisconsin in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game.
Now the Buckeyes (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP) must wait to see if they’ve done enough to earn one of the four spots in this year’s inaugural playoff.
Ohio State has won 11 straight, this time with Jones, who started the season No. 3 on the quarterback depth chart. Jones finished 12 of 17 and led the Buckeyes to scores on five of their first six possessions, building a 38-0 halftime lead.
Melvin Gordon ran for 76 yards as the Badgers (10-3, 7-1, No. 13) had a seven-game winning streak snapped. It was Wisconsin’s worst loss since 1979 and its first shutout since 1997.
Baylor 38, No. 9 Kansas St 27: In Waco, Texas, No. 5 Baylor did what it had to do keep alive its chance for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Bryce Petty and company grabbed a share of a second consecutive Big 12 title.
Up next for the Bears is wait and see.
Petty threw for 412 yards, Johnny Jefferson had two touchdown runs and Baylor beat Kansas State.
Baylor (11-1, 8-1, No. 6 CFP) and TCU (11-1, 8-1, No. 3 CFP) tied for the top spot in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs were ranked higher in the most recent committee poll, but they lost to the Bears 61-58 on Oct. 11.
“There’s one true champion and it’s the Baylor Bears,” coach Art Briles screamed to the celebratory crowd after the victory over the Wildcats.
The Bears became the only team with consecutive Big 12 titles other than Oklahoma from 2006-08. They are a sure thing for one of the top six New Year’s bowls, but the new four-team playoff appears to be a long shot.
TCU has won seven in a row since its loss at Baylor. The Frogs, who beat Kansas State (9-3, 7-2) by 21 points last month, earned their share of the Big 12 title with a 55-3 win over Iowa State on Saturday.
Petty completed 34 of 40 passes with a touchdown and an interception a week after getting knocked out of the Bears’ last game with a concussion.
Not medically cleared to play until Friday, Petty showed no ill effects of the concussion. He put his head down and plunged in for a 1-yard TD run only 1:35 in, capping an opening 81-yard drive that put Baylor ahead to stay.
While Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby presented Baylor its championship trophy — after giving one to TCU about 90 miles away more than seven hours earlier — Florida State was wrapping up its win in the ACC championship game and Ohio State was in firm control in the Big Ten title game. Those are the two teams between TCU and Baylor in the playoff rankings.
Baylor fans booed the commissioner, voicing their displeasure of having to share a title even with the head-to-head victory.
The Big 12 is the only of the power-five conferences without a championship game, but the 10-team league has a round-robin schedule and is the only one in which everybody plays each other during the regular season.
For the fourth year in a row since the Big 12 went to 10 teams, the title wasn’t decided until finishing the regular season on the first weekend in December when other leagues play championship games.
OKLAHOMA STATE 38, NO. 18 OKLAHOMA 35, OT: In Norman, Oklahoma, Tyreek Hill returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds remaining to force overtime and Ben Grogan kicked a 21-yard field goal in the extra period to give Oklahoma State a victory over Oklahoma.
On the first overtime possession, Oklahoma’s Michael Hunnicutt missed a 44-yard field goal attempt. Oklahoma State took over and pounded the ball with Desmond Roland to set up the winning kick.
Hill caught the ball at the Oklahoma State 8-yard. The track sprinter cut toward the left sideline, split two defenders, picked up a block at the Oklahoma State 45 and went all the way to the end zone. He finished the game with 186 all-purpose yards.
Mason Rudolph passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and Brandon Sheperd caught seven passes for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys (6-6, 4-5 Big 12), who snapped a five-game losing streak to become bowl eligible.
Samaje Perine ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns for Oklahoma (8-4, 5-4), but left the game in the third quarter with a left leg injury and didn’t return. The Sooners led 28-14 when he was injured.
Aaron Ripkowski ran for two 1-yard touchdowns and caught a 2-yard touchdown pass for the Sooners, who lost their third home game this season.
The game started off in grand fashion for Perine. He ripped off five carries for 50 yards and a touchdown on the game’s opening drive to put the Sooners up 7-0.
Oklahoma State came right back, as Roland’s 1-yard touchdown run tied the game midway through the first quarter.
Ripkowski punched it in early in the second quarter to put the Sooners up 14-7.
The Cowboys responded again when Rudolph connected with Sheperd for a 39-yard touchdown that tied the score.
Perine scored again, this time from 9 yards, to put the Sooners up 21-14. On Oklahoma’s next possession,
Ripkowski carried four Oklahoma State defenders into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown catch that put the Sooners up 28-14.
Oklahoma State seized momentum, and Roland’s 3-yard touchdown run cut Oklahoma’s lead to 28-21 early in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma’s other backs filled in nicely for Perine at first. Keith Ford had a 56-yard run, and Ripkowski plowed in again to put the Sooners up 35-21 with 7:54 to play.
Oklahoma State wasn’t done. A 43-yard touchdown pass from Rudolph to Sheperd cut Oklahoma’s lead to 35-28 to set up the dramatic finish.
SMU 27, UConn 20: In East Hartford, Conn., SMU quarterback Matt Davis ran for 191 yards and a touchdown and threw for another 145 yards to lead the Mustangs to their only win of the season in a victory over Connecticut.
Prescott Line added 90 yards rushing and two second-half touchdowns as SMU (1-11, 1-7 American Athletic Conference) snapped a 13-game losing streak.
Freshman Ron Johnson ran for 101 yard and a touchdown for UConn (2-10, 1-7), which finishes tied with SMU for last place in the conference.
UConn led 20-6 at the half, but SMU scored 21 unanswered points after the Huskies fumbled the second half kickoff, one of five UConn turnovers.
Line scored on a 4-yard run four plays later. His 12-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter was the game winner, capping an 8-play 70 yard drive that included a 48-yard run by Davis.
Darius Joseph caught nine passes for 108 yards for SMU.