WACO -- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III left the field shaking his head after firing a tipped, 87-yard touchdown pass that was intended for one receiver but wound up in the hands of another.
He averted disaster by tracking down an errant shotgun snap dribbling 30 yards behind the line of scrimmage and slinging it downfield -- past the line of scrimmage -- to rescue a harmless incompletion on what became a fourth-quarter touchdown drive in the biggest Baylor upset in 26 years.
And, after No. 5 Oklahoma rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter, Griffin rallied the Bears for an 80-yard touchdown drive in the final 51 seconds -- capped by a 34-yard scoring strike to Terrance Williams -- to register the a flood-the-field victory that will reshape the BCS landscape during a upset-filled weekend.
Now, it is rest of the college football world that will be shaking its head over how the 22nd-ranked Bears jumbled the BCS title race -- and how Griffin forced his way back into a crowded Heisman Trophy race -- by handing the Sooners a 45-38 defeat Saturday night at Floyd Casey Stadium.
The victory ended Baylor's 0-20 nightmare in previous matchups against the Sooners and effectively ended the Sooners' national title hopes during a weekend that also saw losses by No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Oregon and No. 7 Clemson.
But the night belonged to Griffin, who racked up 551 yards of total offense, a single-game school record, and threw for four touchdowns in leading the Bears (7-3, 4-3 in Big 12) to a stunning triumph over the Sooners (8-2, 5-2).
For Heisman voters who had scratched Griffin from their prospective ballots based on the team's three losses, it is time to reconsider.
"Robert Griffin is the best in the game," said Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway, who rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns. "This was an amazing win for our program and our team."
Baylor's beat-the-clock drive for the winning touchdown was all about Griffin: a 22-yard scramble, followed by an 8-yard scramble, followed by a 12-yard completion to Kendall Wright that moved the ball to the Sooners' 34-yard line.
From there, Griffin bought time while eluding the Sooners' pass rush then delivered a 34-yard strike in the end zone to Williams, who hugged it to his chest for the winning points with eight seconds remaining.
The dramatic catch gave Baylor its biggest win since the Bears beat No. 3 Southern California 20-13 in 1985. It marked the Bears' first home victory over a Top 5 opponent since Baylor knocked off No. 5 Arkansas 24-17 on Nov. 18, 1982.
But the signature moments belonged to Griffin, who also led the Bears to a season-opening, flood-the-field victory over then-No. 14 TCU 50-48 on Sept. 2.
Until the last-minute drive, Griffin's signature moment Saturday came in the third quarter when he threw a pass in the direction of Tevin Reese that glanced off Reese's hand and then his helmet. The ball caromed into the air and carried 20 yards downfield into the waiting arms of Wright, who was eight yards behind the closest Sooners' defender.
Wright, who finished with a school-record 208 receiving yards -- breaking his own record -- completed the play that tied the score at 24-24 and turned the second-half momentum back in Baylor's direction after OU had taken a 24-17 lead.
The catch jump-started a 21-0 run by Baylor before Oklahoma answered with two late touchdowns to tie matters 38-38 with 51 seconds remaining. The Sooners lined up for a 2-point conversion after their final touchdown but those plans were scrapped by a false start penalty on OU offensive lineman Adam Shead.
After the penalty, OU reconsidered and kicked the tying PAT ... setting the stage for Griffin's final-drive heroics and Baylor's signature win.
"I'm tired of hearing about the Big 12 being about somebody besides Baylor," Ganaway said. "Hopefully, we're changing that."
The Bears made things interesting throughout the first half, seizing control of a 3-3 game with an 83-yard touchdown drive midway through the second quarter. A 55-yard slant from Griffin to Wright got things started and Ganaway finished it with a 15-yard touchdown burst up the middle.
After the Sooners responded with a tying touchdown, the Bears responded with a 69-yard scoring strike from Griffin to Reese to send Baylor into the locker room with a 17-10 halftime lead.
But the real heroics occurred in the second half when Griffin stole the show.
"The dude has the ability to just go out and take over a game," said Baylor linebacker Elliot Coffey. "He went out and showed that."
Shaking up the college football world in the process.
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