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WACO, Texas -- Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was able to smile even after talking about what an ugly game it was for the Bears offence. Maybe now people will start to believe the fifth-ranked Bears are really good. Theyre still undefeated after a 41-12 victory over 12th-ranked Oklahoma on Thursday night in their first big test of the season. "Were just talented, man. Were committed. I think thats all you can say about it," Petty said. "Its a very special team." Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) scored twice in the final minute before halftime and stretched its school-record winning streak to 12 games since a loss at Oklahoma last November. The Bears are 8-0 for the first time. Even though Baylor came in leading the nation in scoring (64 points per game) and total offence (718 yards per game) -- and was outscoring opponents by an average margin of 48 points -- many questioned how good the Bears were after getting into November without playing a ranked opponent. They have now, and they responded with an impressive victory against a team that used to routinely overwhelm them. And they did it without scoring a touchdown in the first quarter for the first time during their winning streak. "We didnt really feel like us the first quarter and a half of the game, but that has a lot to do with who youre playing," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "We were playing a team with good tradition, and tradition doesnt die easily." Petty threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, and third-string running back Shock Linwood ran for 182 yards. Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2) has a 21-2 lead in the series, but both losses have come in its last two trips to Floyd Casey Stadium for prime-time games. "Everyone talks about their offence, which is really good," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "But I knew that their defence is really good with all the seniors that they have." Running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin got banged up in the game, so Linwood ran 23 times. The Bears also were missing top receiver Tevin Reese, who was without a catch before dislocating his right wrist. He spent the second half on the sideline with his arm in a sling, and Briles said afterward he hopes Reese could be back for a bowl game. "To come out with the win even though it was ugly was good for us," Petty said. Baylor trailed 5-3 after a strange sequence that started at the end of the first quarter when the Bears were penalized 38 yards on one play, and had a players ejection overturned before he made a touchdown-saving play. After Petty scored on a 1-yard keeper with a minute to go in the first half, Oklahoma gave the ball right back when Blake Bell threw an interception right into the arms of linebacker Eddie Lackey at the Sooners 38. Petty ran 14 yards on third-and-10 before a double-pump throw to Antwan Goodley, whose Big 12-leading ninth TD catch was a spectacular grab with both arms fully extended. He held on for a 24-yard play that put the Bears up 24-5 at halftime. "I dont want to say we got tired, but you could tell that stuff was taking a toll on us because we kept going back out there. It showed in our play when we went back out there on the field," Sooners linebacker Frank Shannon said. "It was real frustrating, but were a team so weve got to put that behind us." Goodley made it 10 touchdown receptions he had a 25-yard catch with 9 minutes left in the game. He finished with six catches for 80 yards. Petty completed 13 of 26 passes for a season-low 204 yards. He ran 16 times for 45 yards. Bell finished 15-of-35 passing for 150 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Oklahoma had 237 total yards. The Bears are 5-0 at home against Top 25 teams since the start of the 2011 season. That includes a 45-38 win over the Sooners two years ago in a game that likely clinched the Heisman Trophy for Robert Griffin III, and 52-24 last November over Kansas State, which arrived in Waco as the No. 1 team in the BCS standings. Baylor got penalized 38 yards on one play late in the first quarter, including a targeting penalty and two flags for unsportsmanlike conduct, setting up Oklahoma at the 7. The Sooners failed to score when Bell was tackled for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1 by cornerback K.J. Morton, who had been called for targeting only a few plays earlier. Morton was flagged after a vicious hit on Sterling Shepard that knocked the ball loose and laid out the receiver. Officials reviewed the play and determined it was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit, overturning Mortons ejection and keeping him in the game. But the penalty still stood, and there was extra yardage tacked on for the calls against cornerback Ahmad Dixon for unnecessary roughness and then taking his helmet off while on the field. "I was amped up at the beginning of the game," Dixon said. Two plays after Bell was stopped on fourth down, Petty was sacked in the end zone by Dominique Alexander for a safety. Jalen Saunders then returned the free kick 55 yards to the Baylor 12, though the Sooners had to settle for Michael Hunnicutts 22-yard field goal. Baylor went ahead to stay wen Petty ran 5 yards for a score to make it 10-5, a drive that started with Linwood gaining 20 yards on his first carry. Oklahoma finally got in the end zone when Bell threw a 10-yard TD pass to Roy Finch on a fourth-and-3 play with 3:20 left in the third quarter. "Defensively, I thought we were extremely potent all through the game," Briles said. Adrian Clayborn Buccaneers Jersey .J. - The captain was a few minutes late, though no one seemed to mind. 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And the Atlanta Hawks could be headed for a prime seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.DAVIE, Fla. -- Even by Miami Dolphins standards, Matt Moore has been through a lot of losing lately. Moores in his first year as the backup quarterback for the Dolphins, and theyre 0-4. Last year he was with the Carolina Panthers, who went 2-14. "It has been rough," Moore said. "But you dont have time to think about the past in this game." Thats especially true this week for Moore, who likely will make his first start with the Dolphins in their next game Oct. 17 at the New York Jets. No. 1 quarterback Chad Henne watched practice for the second day in a row Wednesday as the Dolphins awaited a final diagnosis on the severity of his left shoulder injury. After being hurt Sunday in a loss at San Diego, Henne expressed optimism he would quickly be back in the lineup. But the Dolphins havent ruled out the possibility hell require surgery and miss the rest of the season. "I think its a day-to-day thing with him," Moore said. "I hope everything will be all right, but we dont really know much right now." The Dolphins have been shopping for another quarterback to provide depth. In the meantime, Moore is taking all of the snaps with the first team in practice. "It has been good getting in there and getting a lot of much-needed work," he said. "I need the reps, and its good for everybody to get the reps with me as well. The only way to get on the same page with everybody is to practice with them." A fourth-year pro with 23 career starts, Moore acquitted himself well coming offf the bench in San Diego.dddddddddddd He went 17 for 26 for 167 yards and had several passes dropped. "There were some plays I wanted back," Moore said. "There were some good things Im happy about. Im disappointed we lost, but there were some bright spots." Undrafted out of Oregon State, Moore went 10-13 as a starter in three seasons with Carolina, including 1-4 last year. He signed as a free agent with Miami at the beginning of training camp. "One of the things that makes him attractive to me is that when the light goes on and you put Matt in the game, he tends to move your team pretty good," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. On his first play in San Diego, Moore threw a 31-yard completion. That turned out to be their longest gain of the game, and they completed the drive by scoring their only touchdown. It has been a sputtering unit with the much-maligned Henne, who has actually showed signs of improvement this season by throwing downfield more effectively. Even so, he ranks 24th in the league in passing efficiency and 28th in completion percentage. And now his injury complicates the challenge of getting the offence on track. "You always lose a beat, I think a little bit, when you lose your starting quarterback," receiver Brian Hartline said. With Miami one of the NFLs four winless teams, Moore knows the situation is far from ideal. "Its not what we want, but these guys are working, and were hungry," he said. Its likely no ones hungrier for a win that Moore. ' ' '