Posted on December 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Lache Seastrunk rushed for 178 yards, including diving in to complete a 76-yard touchdown run after cramping up, and Florence passed for 296 yards to lead Baylor past Oklahoma State(No. 23 BCS, No. 24 AP) 41-34.
Oklahoma State had cut Baylor's lead to 34-27 when Seastrunk broke free up the middle on a play that looked similar to his 80-yard touchdown that sealed an upset win over Kansas State on Nov. 17.
Seastrunk raced past three Cowboys defenders before he began to pull up about 25 yards short of the end zone. After stumbling just past the goal line, Seastrunk remained on the ground for a couple of minutes before limping off the field.
Bears coach Art Briles said Seastrunk experienced leg cramps on his last carry of the game.
"We've been harping on him about finishing," Florence said. "For someone to cramp and pull up like that, that's inspiring. He's an outstanding player."
Baylor (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) has won at least seven games in three straight seasons -- the first time the Bears have done that since 1949-51.
After Baylor lost at Oklahoma on Nov. 10, it didn't appear a third straight bowl game was in Baylor's future.
The Bears pulled off a 52-24 upset over Kansas State, which took over the No. 1 spot in the BCS rankings before traveling to Waco, and then rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit to win in overtime against Texas Tech.
Baylor finished off its regular season by beating Oklahoma State for only the second time in their last 17 meetings.
"The food is going to taste good for the next three weeks," Briles said. "The guys feel good about the way they finished the season."