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Baylor suspends RB Devin Chafin following charge for marijuana possession

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Cue the hot takes about college football players and marijuana. Baylor running back Devin Chafin was arrested and charged for possession of marijuana Friday morning following a traffic stop in Oklahoma. Baylor has suspended Chafin.

“Devin has been suspended until further information is gathered,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said in a released statement.

Chafin and one other person were stopped on a highway just after 8:00 a.m., at which point it was discovered they were in possession of marijuana and marijuana candy that was purchased in Colorado during spring break. The traffic stop occurred in Oklahoma, where marijuana is not legal the way it is in Colorado.

Chafin, as a junior, was Baylor’s third-leading running back in 2015 with 578 rushing yards and nine touchdowns after appearing in 10 games for the Bears.

No. 4 Baylor pulls away from SMU, 56-21

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Rare is the game with a 56-21 final score where both teams come away feeling better about themselves than when they started, but that’s what we saw Friday night in Dallas as No. 4 Baylor dominated the second half for an as-expected 35-point win.

Let’s start with the winning team. Baylor picked up exactly where it left off, needing only four plays and 50 seconds to notch its first touchdown, a three-yard Devin Chafin run. The Bears added three more scores in the first quarter, driving 75, 75 and 63 yards to get them. Baylor was shut out in the second quarter – the Bears actually posted a minus-1 total offense number in the frame – but stole momentum for good at the end of the first half, sacking SMU quarterback Matt Davis at the Bears’ 9-yard line as time expired.

Baylor thoroughly dominated the second half, owning a 28-0 scoring advantage, as Seth Russell hit Jay Lee for a pair of third quarter touchdowns and capped his night with a 57-yard catch-and-dash touchdown to Corey Coleman. True freshman Jarrett Stidham entered the game late and connected with Chris Platt for a 42-yard touchdown on his very first collegiate pass.

Overall, Russell hit 15-of-30 passes for 376 yards with five touchdowns and an interception while adding six carries for 59 yards and another score. Chafin, Shock Linwood and Terence Williams combined to rush 28 times for 219 yards and one score. Each of Baylor’s three primary wide receivers posted big numbers – Coleman snagged five passes for 178 yards and a score, Cannon snared three grabs for 104 yards and a score, and Lee compiled 70 yards while scoring on all three of his grabs.

But the night was not as easy for the two-time defending Big 12 champions as the final score indicated, as SMU played even or ahead of the Bears for all but the final play of the first half. After Baylor opened the scoring, SMU used a 49-yard Braeden West kickoff return to set Davis up for a 46-yard scoring strike to Courtland Sutton on the Ponies’ very first snap from scrimmage.

Remember, this was the same SMU team that came out the gate last season looking more lifeless than a Walking Dead casting call, needing a full 120 minutes to notch its first points of the 2014 season. But it wasn’t really the same team at all, thanks to new head coach Chad Morris.

After scoring on its first drive, SMU answered another Baylor touchdown by marching 83 yards in 12 plays to again tie the game. SMU shut Baylor out in the second quarter while mounting another long scoring drive, this time a 12-play, 78-yard, 6-minute, 22-second slog to pull within 28-21.

That was pretty much the high point for the Mustangs. Their next drive ended in an interception, and the drive after that saw SMU get only two plays off in the final 43 seconds of the first half after driving to the Baylor 3 with a chance to tie the game.

SMU did not threaten to score in the second half, punting on five straight possessions before throwing another interception, but the point had been proven. The Mustangs played a top-five team to a relative draw for 30 minutes, and showed in Davis that they have a quarterback. The junior Texas A&M transfer connected on 16-of-23 passes for 166 yards with two touchdowns and two picks while leading the club in rushing with 24 carries for 115 yards. Xavier Jones rushed 13 times for 38 yards and a score and caught four passes for 38 yards, and Sutton totaled 82 yards and two touchdowns on his three receptions.

More than the statistics, though, SMU looked different than it ever did under in 2014. The Mustangs played crisper, harder and with purpose and certainty. Credit Morris for that.

Baylor may very well go on to win a third straight Big 12 title and reach its first College Football Playoff, but here’s one thing that is absolutely certain: the days of SMU being a pushover ended the day Morris was hired.

No. 12 Baylor makes statement with first win at No. 15 Oklahoma in school history

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Baylor had lost 11 straight games at Oklahoma dating back to 1974. The closest the Bears had come to leaving Norman with a win was in 1997, but instead Baylor went home the way they have 10 other times. That all changed on Saturday as a big day of college football kicked off with a loud statement from No. 12 Baylor (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) blowing out No. 15 Oklahoma (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) by a final score of 48-14.

Baylor turned this game around in a hurry in the second quarter. Trailing 14-3 after one quarter, the Bears scored 21 points in the second quarter and never looked back. After storming to a 24-14 halftime lead, Baylor’s pass-heavy attack continued to move the football with Bryce Petty having a field day against the Oklahoma secondary. Corey Coleman was the big target receiver with over 220 receiving yards, but it was the running game that helped punch the ball across the goal line with authority against the Sooners. Baylor’s Shock Linwood, Devin Chafin and Coleman combined for four rushing touchdowns all from inside the five-yard line. Baylor scored 38 unanswered points en route to the victory. Prior to this year, the most points Baylor had scored in any game at Oklahoma was 34 (in 2012).

Oklahoma was handed another blow as well with quarterback Trevor Knight having to be carted off the field after taking a hit while on the move. Knight left the field pointing his finger to the sky to a nice ovation, but the extent of the injury is unconfirmed. Knight had a rough afternoon, completing 12 of 27 pass attempts for 146 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Knight also rushed for 46 yards before being brought down by three Baylor players in the fourth quarter.

Baylor needed a statement, and the Bears got one. Baylor has now defeated two teams ranked in the top 15 by the College Football Playoff selection committee. Will that be enough to convince the committee to evaluate Baylor a little differently in the next batch of rankings served up on Tuesday night? Keep in mind Baylor has also defeated TCU, a team ranked in the committee’s top 10. If TCU beats Kansas State, Baylor would have an identical record with 2 top 15 wins to TCU’s four (counting Oklahoma and Oklahoma State with top 15 AP rankings at the time games were played). Baylor’s non-conference results still lack much to brag about, and TCU’s just got a little stronger with Minnesota blasting Iowa in the Big Ten.

The flip side of this is how it should be very likely Oklahoma drops from the rankings entirely. With three losses, including two at home, where the Sooners drop will be something to pay close attention to as well.

Baylor’s biggest game the rest of the way this season will be the regular season finale at home against Kansas State. Regardless of what happens in the night game against TCU, Kansas State should be a well-respected opponent for Baylor at the end of the season. The Big 12 could very well be on the line in some capacity as well. Baylor is off next week but will end the season with a home game against Oklahoma State, a neutral site game with Texas Tech and the home game with Kansas State.

Baylor has now won three of the last four meetings with Oklahoma. The result ends up keeping Baylor in the running for a second straight Big 12 championship, while Oklahoma falls farther back in the Big 12. Could this possibly mean there is pressure on Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops? That topic may pop up on some level, but Stoops always seems to have a team capable of bouncing back. Oklahoma still has a good chance to end the season in a high note. The Sooners travel to Texas Tech next week and Kansas visits later in the month. Oklahoma should be able to pick up two more wins before hosting Oklahoma State in the regulars season finale. That would give Oklahoma a shot at ending the season with 10 wins with a bowl victory. Oklahoma has had at least 10 wins each of the past four seasons and 12 out of the 15 previous seasons coached by Stoops.

Big second quarter gives Baylor halftime edge at Oklahoma

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The big game in the Big 12 will come later tonight, but Oklahoma and Baylor is not a bad way to get the day started. At the half, this has been a true tale of two quarters, with Oklahoma holding firm in the first quarter but Baylor getting everything to go its way in the second quarter. A 21-0 second quarter has sent the defending Big 12 champions to the locker room with a 24-14 halftime lead in Norman.

Baylor running back Devin Chafin has a pair of short touchdown runs to help Baylor take control, and quarterback Bryce Petty is closing in on 200 yards and has one touchdown. It took a while for Baylor’s offense to get going, but they have found their rhythm and left Oklahoma’s defense behind. Baylor’s offense ended the half with three straight touchdown drives. Oklahoma’s offense has not been able to sustain success, going to the half with an interception, a missed field goal and having to punt on fourth down around midfield before halftime.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight has looked good and bad as well. His stat line is rather unimpressive with 9-of-19 on passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. He also leads the Sooners with 57 rushing yards.

Oklahoma may be out of the Big 12 race, but Baylor still has plenty to play for. Depending on what happens in the TCU-Kansas State game tonight, Baylor could be back in first place in the Big 12 with a head-to-head tiebreaker in their pocket against TCU and a game with Kansas State coming up in a few weeks. Baylor needs to get out of Oklahoma with a win to start convincing some voters and the playoff selection committee they are still worth considering as a playoff candidate.

Bonkers on the Brazos: No. 5 Baylor’s comeback stuns No. 9 TCU, 61-58

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On the 216th and final snap, No. 5 Baylor notched the 21st and final score of a four-and-half hour game to take its first and final lead, a 28-yard Chris Callahan field goal as time expired to give the Bears a 61-58 win over a stunned No. 9 TCU squad.

Before we talk about how Baylor won the game, we first must talk about how they nearly lost it. TCU stormed out of the gate by forcing a turnover on downs on Baylor’s first possession, immediately responding with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to Kolby Listenbee, then forcing a Shock Linwood fumble, and capitalizing on the turnover with a 3-yard B.J. Catalon scoring dash to take an early 14-0 lead.

Baylor spent the rest of the evening playing catchup, pulling to a 24-24 tie only to immediately allow a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Catalon, then pulling within four at 31-27 and 34-30 only to watch the Horned Frogs take control of the game with a 24-7 run over a seven-and-a-half minute span in the late third and early fourth quarters. Marcus Mallet gave TCU a 58-37 lead with 11:38 to play by stepping in front of a Bryce Petty pass and taking it 49 yards for a touchdown.

From that moment forward, the Baylor offense never left the field without a score, and its TCU counterparts seemingly loaded the bus for Fort Worth.

The comeback started one minute later as the Bears scored in only four plays, punctuated by a seven-yard Devin Chafin touchdown run. Exactly four minutes later, Petty hit Antwan Goodley for his second touchdown of the game, this one from 28 yards out and pulling the Bears to within 58-51 with 6:39 remaining.

After a TCU three-and-out (with two passes), Baylor raced 91 yards in five plays, with Petty hitting Corey Coleman from 25 yards out to tie the game with 4:42 to go.

Memo to future opponents: all Baylor needed to erase a 21-point deficit was 14 plays and three minutes and 21 seconds of all possession (and, of course, a willing accomplice in the TCU offense.)

With the game tied at 58-58, TCU moved to midfield but was forced to punt when faced with a 4th-and-8. Then the Bears were flagged for having 12 men on the field, and after two timeouts and what felt like 15 minutes of real time, Gary Patterson elected to go for it on a 4th-and-3 from the Baylor 45. Boykin’s pass to Josh Doctson.

Baylor then took over at its own 45 with 1:11 to play and, after moving to the TCU 43, was seemingly faced with its own 4th down decision after a Petty pass fell incomplete, but Corry O’Meally was flagged for pass interference on a strikingly similar play to the one on TCU’s final possession that did not draw a flag.

Five plays later, Callahan knocked in a 29-yarder and thousands of green and gold faithful rushed the field.

No 61-58 game is without controversy, and Patterson’s decision to eschew the punt on 4th-and-3 and the no-call/call pass interference decisions will live in Baylor-TCU infamy, a series that now stretches 110 games and saw Baylor take a 52-51-7 lead.

Petty simultaneously trashed and resurrected his Heisman Trophy campaign after completing 28-of-55 passes for 510 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions while adding 10 rushes for 23 yards. Linwood rushed 29 times for 178 yards, and Bears receivers Goodley, Coleman and K.D. Cannon combined for 22 receptions for 426 yards and five touchdowns.

Boykin hit 21-of-45 passes for 287 yards with a touchdown with 45 rushing yards, but Catalon was the Frogs’ standout with 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 71 receiving yards and the 94-yard kickoff return touchdown.

The win undoubtedly puts Baylor in the drivers’ seat for the Big 12 title and a College Football Playoff berth, but also sets up another possible three-way tie scenario with TCU beating Oklahoma, Baylor beating TCU and Oklahoma beating Baylor in Norman on Nov. 8, but that’s a worry for another day. The Bears first must focus on their trip to West Virginia on Saturday.

TCU, meanwhile, will look to pick up the pieces of 85 shattered hearts before No. 16 Oklahoma State comes to Fort Worth on Saturday.