Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Statement made. And fifth-ranked Baylor showed it can play a little defense too. Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as Baylor routed No. 12 Oklahoma, 41-12, to move to 8-0 for the first time in school history. The Bears scored 28 unanswered points after the Sooners took a 5-3 lead following a safety and a field goal early in the second quarter and never looked back. Baylor outgained Oklahoma, 459-237, and ran for 255 yards on 54 carries. It's been quite the turnaround for the Bears, who were the laughing stock of the Big 12 prior to head coach Art Briles' arrival to Waco six years ago. Robert Griffin III revived the football program and lifted them to national prominence in 2011 when he won the Heisman and guided Baylor to a 9-3 mark, but those Griffin-led teams were never part of the national title discussion. This year's squad now is.
Final Score: (6) Stanford 26, (2) Oregon 20
Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Gaffney rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 45 carries as the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal survived a late scare and stunned No. 2 Oregon for a second straight season with a 26-20 victory from Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12) made a statement to the rest of the nation, dominating the Ducks (8-1, 5-1) in every facet of the game for three quarters before nearly giving it away in the fourth. Stanford took a 23-0 lead into the final frame and tacked on a 30-yard Jordan Williamson field goal early on for a 26-0 advantage. Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota then marched Oregon down the field in five plays and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Daryle Hawkins to put the Ducks on the board. After the Cardinal drove into field goal range, Williamson's 40-yard try was blocked and returned 65 yards for a touchdown by Rodney Hardrick. Alejandro Maldonado's onside kick was successful, and Mariota's 4th-and-goal touchdown pass to Pharaoh Brown made it a one-score game with 2:12 left to play. Maldonado and the Oregon special teams unit took the field to attempt another onside kick, but Jeff Trojan secured the ball and the game for Stanford. Gaffney broke Tommy Vardell's mark of 39 rushes that was set against California in 1991.