Baylor had never had a winning record in the Big 12 before Art Briles arrived six years ago. They are now Big 12 champs and headed to the Fiesta Bowl.
Petty had to wait behind a Heisman Trophy winner and then another record-setting quarterback for his turn at Baylor. Jeffcoat got 11 of 20 votes for top defensive player.
Baylor did not have a winning record in the Big 12 before Briles arrived in 2008, winning three or fewer games nine times. Now, they’ll meet Central Florida in a BCS Bowl.
Bryce Petty and the No. 9 Bears won their first title in the league with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.
The third-ranked Wildcats are still a long way from getting back to the Final Four in April, as shown in their 67-62 upset loss to No. 20 Baylor on Friday night.
When Baylor and Texas kick off their regular season finale, the last game ever at Floyd Casey Stadium, they could be playing a de facto Big 12 championship game.
After losing 74-67 to Syracuse on Wednesday night, Bears coach Scott Drew said that he was pleased with how his players battled in the finale and in their earlier wins.
Baylor rallied to beat Dayton 67-66 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational. The Bears will play Syracuse for the tournament championship on Wednesday night.
Gary Franklin scored 22 points and Baylor easily beat Chaminade 93-77 on Monday night at the Maui Invitational. Four players besides Franklin scored in double-figures for the Bears.
The Bears’ loss at Oklahoma State dropped them to ninth in the AP poll and BCS standings. Briles said Monday that his team has to learn from the loss.
Despite early disappointment, the Cowboys have rallied since a loss to West Virginia, winning their seventh straight game Saturday night, throttling of previously undefeated Baylor.
Baylor arrived at Oklahoma State seeking its first win in Stillwater since 1939 — and a statement win to validate its case as a national championship contender.