Baylor shocks No. 1 Kansas State 52-24, shakes up BCS

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WACO -- Collin Klein and No. 1-ranked Kansas State can still get to a BCS game. Getting to the BCS championship game is all but lost.

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

A week after the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) took over the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings following defending national champion Alabama's loss, it now looks like it's going to somebody else's turn at the top.

Maybe Notre Dame, which could get its championship shot after Kansas State and No. 1 Oregon both lost. And the Crimson Tide suddenly is back in the title picture, along with a couple of other SEC teams.

Also, K-State quarterback Klein may be a Heisman Trophy front-runner no more after throwing three interceptions and getting sacked twice while being pressured and harassed all night. He threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but had only 39 yards on 17 carries with a score.

On first-and-goal from the 6 in the fourth quarter, Klein had four straight carries and couldn't score -- twice trying from the 1.

Nick Florence, Baylor's successor to Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, 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) jumped out to a 28-7 lead.

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.

Kansas State has plenty of time for this loss to simmer. The Wildcats have Thanksgiving week off before playing their regular season finale Dec. 1 at home against No. 18 Texas.

If the Wildcats beat Texas, they will be guaranteed at least a share of the Big 12 title and get the league's automatic BCS spot.

That may be the only solace after such a crushing loss against Baylor, which still needs to win another game to be bowl eligible.

The Bears hadn't beaten an opponent ranked so high since a 13-7 win over No. 2 in 1957. They tied No. 1 Texas during the 1941 season.

Klein, who finished 27 of 50 passing, had thrown only three interceptions the first 10 games.

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