No. 11 Oklahoma State had everything to play for: The money and exposure of the Bowl Championship Series, another step toward making school history and bragging rights in a rare chance to outshine its traditional in-state rival.
Then Oklahoma snatched all that away in making OSU look anything but BCS-worthy.
DeMarco Murray ran for two touchdowns, Ryan Broyles returned a punt 88 yards for a score and Oklahoma knocked No. 11 Oklahoma State out of contention for its first BCS appearance with a 27-0 win Saturday in Norman, Okla.
"The only good thing about this is it counts as one loss, and I told the team that," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. "To move forward, you have to let go. This team has accomplished a lot. We have an opportunity to go play in a very good bowl game. Where that'll be, I'm not sure."
With representatives of the Fiesta and Orange bowls watching, the Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) fell completely flat with their worst offensive performance of the decade. Oklahoma State was shut out for the first time since 2005 by an Oklahoma defense coming off its worst outing of the year in a 41-13 loss at Texas Tech last week.
"That's the way you finish a season," defensive captain Gerald McCoy said. "We've still got a bowl game to play, but that's the way you come back and finish out."
Zac Robinson threw for only 44 yards on 9-for-21 passing after missing last week's game with injuries to his head and shoulder. He was pulled in the fourth quarter with his lowest passing total since taking over as the starting quarterback early in the 2007 season.
"Zac wasn't 100 percent, but that's certainly not an excuse for what happened," Gundy said.
Brandon Weeden, who led a second-half comeback in last week's win against Colorado, finally replaced Robinson after Broyles' punt return put Oklahoma up 27-0 midway through the fourth quarter. The crowd started chanting "Overrated!" after he let Quinn Sharp's punt sail over his head, then fielded the bouncing ball, turned around and raced for the score.
Oklahoma State didn't have a single first down in the second half and finished with only 109 yards of total offense.
Time of Possession26:1033:50
Oklahoma St. 0000— 0 Oklahoma010107—27
Okl—FG O'Hara 24, 13:45.
Okl—Murray 13 run (O'Hara kick), 10:20.
Okl—FG O'Hara 19, 8:19.
Okl—Murray 12 run (O'Hara kick), 3:38.
Okl—Broyles 87 punt return (O'Hara kick), 8:37.
Rushing—Oklahoma St., Toston 10-47, Hunter 10-21, Team 1-0, Z.Robinson 8-(minus 6). Oklahoma, Murray 13-72, C.Brown 20-58, Calhoun 7-45, Broyles 2-4, Team 2-(minus 4), L.Jones 3-(minus 32).
Passing—Oklahoma St., Z.Robinson 9-21-1-44, Weeden 1-2-0-3. Oklahoma, L.Jones 20-37-0-224.
Receiving—Oklahoma St., Cooper 3-8, Anyiam 2-17, Conner 2-10, T.Moore 1-6, Blackmon 1-3, Youman 1-3. Oklahoma, Broyles 9-103, J.Reynolds 3-59, Kenney 3-33, Ratterree 2-15, Hanna 1-9, C.Brown 1-6, Murray 1-(minus 1).
Texas Tech 20, Baylor 13 —Texas Tech's Taylor Potts threw a pair of touchdown passes to Lyle Leong less than two minutes apart midway through the third quarter, and the defense made a goalline stand in the final minutes.
Playing in front of a heavily pro-Tech crowd at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Red Raiders scored their fewest points in a victory since beating Texas A&M 12-0 in November 2001. It was the third-fewest points in a victory in coach Mike Leach's 10-year tenure.
Baylor let senior quarterback Blake Szymanski start his final game and he nearly pulled off the upset. He kept the Bears close all game, then had them at first-and-goal from the 10 late in the fourth quarter, but Szymanski threw an incompletion on fourth down at the 5.
Time of Possession30:1029:50
Texas Tech03143—20 Baylor3730—13
Bay—FG Stone 25, 11:11.
Bay—Szymanski 1 run (Stone kick), 13:30.
TT—FG Mat.Williams 18, :04.
Bay—FG Stone 40, 12:42.
TT—Leong 6 pass from Potts (Mat.Williams kick), 9:48.
TT—Leong 12 pass from Potts (Mat.Williams kick), 7:55.
TT—FG Mat.Williams 43, 6:24.
Rushing—Texas Tech, Batch 18-69, Stephens 5-37, Zouzalik 1-5, Jeffers 1-(minus 3), Team 2-(minus 3), Potts 1-(minus 5). Baylor, Finley 17-50, Szymanski 15-34, Ganaway 3-19, Salubi 2-0.
Passing—Texas Tech, Potts 31-49-1-268. Baylor, Szymanski 22-35-1-234.
Receiving—Texas Tech, Zouzalik 7-92, Torres 7-63, Leong 6-57, Swindall 4-16, Britton 2-22, Stephens 2-5, Batch 2-2, Lewis 1-11. Baylor, Wright 5-26, Sampson 4-28, Gettis 3-69, T.Williams 2-21, E.Smith 2-15, Akers 2-9, Ganaway 1-24, Salubi 1-20, Finley 1-14, Buerck 1-8.