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Kansas State vs. Baylor 2012: Bears shock the football world, crush No. 1 Wildcats, 52-24

The Baylor Bears (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) stunned the college football world on Saturday night, knocking off the newly minted No. 1 team in the land Kansas State, 52-24. The national championship hopes of the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1) are now likely ruined, and Baylor's impressive performance may have also cost Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein a shot at the Heisman.

Needless to say, the folks over at SB Nation's Baylor blog Our Daily Bears are ecstatic over the win:

The impact of this game will be felt across the country for years. The National Championship race is completely different. The Heisman race is completely different. The entire scope of college football in the 2012 season is different. Because the 4-5 Baylor Bears shocked the world. Because the much-maligned Baylor defense shook itself off, planted its flag, and absolutely shut down one of the best quarterbacks and offenses in the country. The Heisman was lost tonight because Baylor made it so. I've never seen a Baylor team play like that, and they deserve tremendous credit for their performance. Gentlemen, you were outstanding.

Ecstatic might not even be a strong enough word. Euphoric might also apply. As the author of the post, Mark C. Moore, says at the top of his post, Saturday night's win was possibly the biggest victory in the history of the program.

Baylor had not beaten an opponent ranked as high since 1957, when the Bears defeated No. 2 Tennessee, 13-7, in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day. Baylor also tied No. 1 Texas during the 1941 season.

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