Morgantown, W.Va. — Bryce Petty got knocked around and struggled to find his targets, Baylor piled up the penalties and the Bears' undefeated season came to a grinding halt.
At West Virginia, the fourth-ranked Bears couldn't muster another comeback as they had last week against TCU. Baylor was held to its lowest point and yardage outputs of the season in a 41-27 loss to the Mountaineers on Saturday.
Petty had two early touchdown throws, but Baylor managed just one score after halftime.
After the game, Baylor players could hear the Mountaineers chanting "Hail! West Virginia!" from their locker room.
"Any game is hard to lose," Petty said. "It's about how you bounce back."
Baylor was penalized 18 times for a Big 12-record 215 yards. The old mark of 183 yards was set by Texas Tech against Rice in 2007.
"It certainly affected the flow of the game," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "I never felt like we were out of control or anything along those lines."
The Bears couldn't overcome a double-digit deficit as they did in a 61-58 win against TCU last week.
Baylor (6-1, 3-1) goes from being the Big 12 favorite to a team hopeful to stay in contention for the College Football Playoff, tossed into the mix with the other one-loss teams who now have no room left for error.
This was hardly the point-a-minute, yard-busting matchup of the past two years, when the winning team each time reached 70 points.
Baylor entered the game as the nation's most prolific offense but was held to 318 yards, 305 below its average and the lowest total of the season.
Petty finished 16-of-36 for 223 yards and two first-half scores. He was sacked four times.
"They loaded the box and pressed our receivers," Petty said. "I've got to get better at it. The (Baylor) defense put us in a lot of good chances to score touchdowns, and on the road you've got to score touchdowns."
West Virginia's Clint Trickett threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Kevin White had a pair of TD catches.
The Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1) surpassed their win total of last season and beat a top-five opponent for the first time since defeating No. 3 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2007 season.
West Virginia had lost to Alabama and Oklahoma earlier this season when the Crimson Tide and Sooners were ranked in the top five.
"We've been in this situation before and have been unable to finish," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I told them at halftime, we're not in this thing to finish close again. Let's go out there and win this thing."
It marked the second straight game that West Virginia came up strong in the end to put away an opponent.
A week ago, the Mountaineers came from 14 points down with 7 minutes left to beat Texas Tech on the road on a last-second field goal. Trickett and White combined for a TD pass late in that game, too.
Against Baylor, Trickett went 23-of-35 for 322 yards, his eighth straight 300-yard game going back to last season.
"Clint did a great job," White said.
White, the nation's leading receiver, had eight catches for 132 yards and two scores. He broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season and extended his streak of 100-yard receiving games to six.
Covering White was frustrating for cornerback Xavien Howard, who was called for four of Baylor's seven pass interference penalties.
"This is by far the craziest game I've ever played with all those pass interference calls," White said.
Shock Linwood scored Baylor's only touchdown of the second half on a 1-yard run with time winding down in the third quarter that tied the score at 27.
But it took Baylor three tries from inside the 2 to get into the end zone. Linwood, the Big 12's rushing leader, was limited to 69 yards on 21 carries.
White had a 36-yard TD catch in the first quarter and a 12-yarder early in the fourth for a 34-27 lead.
Mario Alford capped the scoring with 7:35 left, lining up in the slot and turning a short pass from Trickett across the middle into a 39-yard TD.
Down two touchdowns, Baylor then drove to the West Virginia 10, but Jay Lee caught a pass from Petty out of bounds in the end zone and the Mountaineers took over on downs.
(At) No. 3 Mississippi 34, Tennessee 3: Bo Wallace threw two touchdown passes and Mississippi had another dominating defensive performance.
Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) fell behind 3-0 early in the second quarter, but scored the next 34 points. With a relatively easy win, the Rebels continued their best start since 1962.
Wallace completed 13 of 28 passes for 199 yards, throwing touchdown passes to Vince Sanders and Evan Engram. Sanders had 108 yards receiving.
Ole Miss came into the game giving up just 11.8 points per game, which ranked first in the SEC and second in the country.
The Rebels lived up to those numbers, stuffing Tennessee's running game and harassing quarterback Justin Worley nearly every time he tried to throw. Worley threw three interceptions and the Volunteers (3-4, 0-3) also lost a fumble.
(At) No. 7 Alabama 59, No. 21 Texas A&M 0: Blake Sims passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a 43-yard run while leading Alabama to 35 second-quarter points.
The Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) shut down the nation's No. 4 offense and dominated a game that had produced two straight thrillers.
Led by Sims, T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper, Alabama outgained the Aggies, 602-172. Texas A&M (5-3, 2-3) has lost its past three games, all to teams now ranked in the top 10.
Alabama set a school record for most points in a quarter and matched the second most in a half while racing to a 45-0 halftime lead. Yeldon had 114 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, all in the first half. Cooper had eight catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
(At) No. 9 Oregon 45, Washington 20: Freshman Royce Freeman ran for 169 yards and four touchdowns and Oregon extended its winning streak over Washington to 11 straight games.
Marcus Mariota threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12), who won their second straight game as they distance themselves from a loss at home to Arizona on Oct. 2.
Freeman's four touchdowns were the most rushing touchdowns in a single game for a Duck since Kenjon Barner had five against USC in 2012.
Cameron Van Winkle hit a pair of field goals for Washington (5-2, 1-2), which hasn't defeated Oregon since the 2003 season. Sophomore Cyler Miles struggled to find a rhythm, throwing for 147 yards and a touchdown with an interception and a fumble.
No. 10 Georgia 45, (at) Arkansas 32: Nick Chubb ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns and Georgia dominated on the road for the second straight week.
The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference), playing their second straight game without suspended running back Toddy Gurley, led 38-6 at halftime. They were sparked by a defense that followed up its shutout of Missouri by forcing three first-half turnovers.
Chubb had a pair of first-half touchdowns, including a 43-yard sprint, and Hunter Mason added 179 yards on 10-of-17 passing. Georgia has won five straight following a loss at South Carolina on Sept. 13.
Jonathan Williams ran for 108 yards for the Razorbacks (3-4, 0-4). They have lost 16 straight SEC games.
No. 14 Kansas State 31, (at) No. 11 Oklahoma 30: Michael Hunnicutt missed a 19-yard field goal with 3:53 left after Oklahoma drove to the 1, and Kansas State (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) took possession and ran out the clock.
Hunnicutt missed two short field goals and had an extra point blocked.
Jake Waters passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Sterling Shepard tied an Oklahoma record with 15 catches for 197 yards, and Trevor Knight passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns for the Sooners (5-2, 2-2).
(At) No. 12 TCU 42, No. 15 Oklahoma State 9: Trevone Boykin threw for a career-high 410 yards with three touchdowns, two on long plays to Josh Doctson in the first quarter, and TCU bounced back after a loss to Baylor.
Doctson had seven catches for 225 yards, a yard short of the school record even with the scores of 77 and 84 yards. B.J. Catalon ran for 102 yards and two scores for the Horned Frogs (5-1, 2-1 Big 12).
Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1), which had won five in a row, was outgained, 676-258, and held without a touchdown for the first time since a 27-0 loss to Oklahoma in the 2009 regular-season finale.
TCU quickly erased any notion of a hangover effect from its wild 61-58 loss at Baylor, jumping ahead 21-3 on Doctson's early touchdowns.
(At) No. 17 Arizona State 26, No. 23 Stanford 10: Mike Bercovici threw for 242 yards and a touchdown, Zane Gonzalez kicked four second-half field goals and Arizona State cleared a big hurdle by running past Stanford.
The Cardinal had become a nemesis of sorts for Arizona State, powering past the Sun Devils in two games last season, including a dominating win in the Pac-12 championship game.
Arizona State (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) turned the tables against Stanford with an efficient performance on both sides of the ball. The Sun Devils scored the most points allowed by the nation's top-rated defense behind a nice mix of run and pass, while its defense refused to get pushed around by bigger Cardinal up front.
Stanford (4-3, 2-2) labored offensively again and nearly tripled its nation-leading average of 10 points allowed per game on defense.
(At) No. 22 Southern California 56, Colorado 28: Cody Kessler set a school single-game record with seven touchdown passes, throwing five in the first half of USC's victory.
Nelson Agholor caught three TD passes from Kessler, who broke the mark previously held by Matt Barkley. He passed the record on a 24-yard TD pass to Steven Mitchell, who made a diving catch in the third quarter of a blowout victory for the Trojans (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12).
Kessler also became the first Pac-12 quarterback to throw seven TD passes in the first three quarters of a game, and the junior tied the conference record for TD passes in a non-overtime game. He finished 17-of-24 for 318 yards.
Nelson Spruce and Shay Fields each caught TD passes for Colorado (2-5, 0-4).
No. 24 Clemson 17, (at) Boston College 13: C.J. Davidson ran 32 yards for a touchdown with 9:35 to play and Clemson stopped a Boston College drive in the final minutes.
Cole Stoudt completed 29 of 45 passes for 285 yards, and the Tigers (5-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got help from a missed BC extra point. The Eagles (4-3, 1-2) moved to the Clemson 29, converted a fourth-and-1 and then Tyler Murphy found an open receiver streaking for the end zone.
But Tyler Rouse couldn't hold onto the ball, and Clemson took over on downs and ran out the clock.
Murphy ran for 55 yards on 13 carries and also completed 8 of 19 passes for 108 yards.
No. 25 Marshall 45, (at) FIU 13: Rakeem Cato set an NCAA record by throwing a touchdown pass for the 39th straight game, finishing with four scoring tosses for unbeaten Marshall.
A Miami native, Cato broke a tie with Russell Wilson for the Football Bowl Subdivision mark, connecting with Ryan Yurachek for the record-breaking score with five seconds left in the first quarter for Marshall (7-0, 3-0 Conference USA).
Devon Johnson caught two touchdown passes, finishing with 117 yards rushing and 79 more receiving for the Thundering Herd.
Corey Tindal ran an interception back for a score and Angelo Jean-Louis had a scoring catch for Marshall, which was playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2002.
Alex McGough had a 1-yard touchdown run for FIU (3-4, 2-3), which fell to 0-9 against Top 25 opponents.