Baylor holds on for Big 12 title, knocks Okla St out of CFP

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Oklahoma State running back Dezmon Jackson (27) is stopped short of the goal line by Baylor safety Jairon McVea on fourth down in the second half of an NCAA college football game for the Big 12 Conference championship in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dezmon Jackson came up inches short on a desperate, fourth-down dive with 24 seconds remaining and fifth-ranked Oklahoma State fell to ninth-ranked Baylor 21-16 in the Big 12 championship game, knocking the Cowboys out of contention for a playoff spot. Blake Shapen threw three TDs while completing his first 17 passes as Baylor took a 21-3 lead. The Cowboys rallied back, then went 89 yards on 17 plays on their final drive. But their Big 12 and national championship hopes came up just short. Baylor is 11-2 and was ninth in College Football Playoff rankings. The Cowboys are 11-2 and were fifth in the CFP.

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