Jarrett Stidham knew his lack of experience was probably a big reason Baylor was only ranked sixth in the initial College Football Playoff poll this week. In his first start, the freshman showed he can keep the high-powered Bears humming.
Stidham threw for 419 yards and three scores in place of the injured Seth Russell, Corey Coleman caught two touchdown passes and No. 2 Baylor held on for a 31-24 victory over pesky Kansas State on Thursday night in Manhattan, Kan., to prove it isn't going anywhere.
"We feel like our team is a team of survivors," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "We've got a lot of guys who have been through a lot. A lot of coaches who have been through a lot."
They went through a lot Thursday night, too.
Kansas State closed to 31-24 on Joe Hubener's touchdown pass to Deante Burton with 4:07 left, and Chris Callahan's missed field goal with 51 seconds remaining gave the Wildcats a chance.
But on their next play, Hubener threw a lateral to wide receiver Cody Cook, who then threw down the sideline. The sometimes-quarterback's pass was picked off by Terrell Burt, who managed to get his right foot down inbounds.
Baylor (8-0, 5-0) ran out the clock to drop Kansas State (3-5) to 0-5 in conference play for the first time since 1989, the first season for coach Bill Snyder on the sideline.
"We have to do something about being a good football team. The capabilities are there," he said. "I've always believed that, but you have to do something with it."
No. 24 Mississippi State 31, Missouri 13: Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes and the Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2 SEC) got 100-yard receiving games from De'Runnya Wilson and Fred Ross in a rain-soaked victory over the host Tigers (4-5, 1-5). The Bulldogs kicked it into gear after a heavy downpour stopped at halftime, turning a one-point game into a runaway with a 17-point third quarter that included two of Prescott's TD throws.