INSTANT REACTION: Baylor snatches 35-31 victory over Cowboys


Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer and wide receiver Denzel Mims have a sparkling new signature moment to celebrate.

With the clock running out in the fourth quarter, Brewer looked Mims’s direction and tossed a six-yard touchdown pass that lifted Baylor to a 35-31 victory on homecoming Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium.

A play earlier, on second-and-goal from the 8, Brewer scooted up the middle on a quarterback draw to the Oklahoma State 6 and was tackled with about 20 seconds remaining. The Bears were out of timeouts, but chose to let it ride rather than spike the ball and kick a field goal.

Mims, who hadn’t caught a pass yet, got position on Oklahoma State cornerback A.J. Green and reached high for the game-winning reception with 7 ticks left.

The touchdown sent a roar through the McLane Stadium crowd, which saw the Bears (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) come back from double digits to win a game for the first time since Baylor’s famed 61-58 victory over TCU in 2014.

Oklahoma State went ahead 31-21 when running back Justice Hill ran two yards for a touchdown with 8:55 left.

But Brewer, who didn’t enter the game until there was less than a minute left in the third quarter, led the Bears to score the game’s final 14 points.

Brewer hit Jalen Hurd for a 36-yard touchdown that cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 31-28 with 5:43 remaining.

The Cowboys (5-4, 2-4) had a chance to run out the clock. But on a fourth-and-three play from the Baylor 36, Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius was sacked for a nine-yard loss. Thus the Cowboys turned it over on downs with 91 seconds remaining.

That kick-started Baylor’s game winning drive. Brewer kept it rolling with a nine-yard run on first down into Cowboys’ territory, setting up the final sequence.

The Bears won despite giving up 523 yards of total offense and being out-gained by Oklahoma State by more than 100 yards.