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Baylor’s historical thumping of Oklahoma sends message to College Football Playoff selection committee

The scoreboard at Owen Field sent a message to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

For good measure, so did Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager after a 48-14 win Saturday over Oklahoma that could have a major impact on how the Bears are viewed.

“I think this is one of those games that if you don’t respect us now, if you don’t think we’re a good team now, what else can we do?” Hager said. “We proved it.”

CFP No. 12 Baylor (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) proved it could beat a ranked team on the road, something that had not happened for 37 games, dating to a win over Arkansas in 1991.

The Bears posted their first win in school history at Oklahoma after 11 losses. In the process, they handed Oklahoma (6-3, 3-3) its worst home loss since Texas A&M beat the Sooners 51-7 in 1997, two years before Bob Stoops’ debut.

Trailing 14-3 after one quarter, Baylor scored 45 consecutive points.

Even before the win, Baylor controlled its own destiny in the Big 12 race, but not the playoff, even ranking behind two-loss Ole Miss last week. The lack of quality wins, partly because of a suspect nonconference schedule, had plagued Baylor.

“We wanted to show everybody, ‘Don’t sleep on us,’ ” cornerback Ryan Reid said.

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