No other game was as big to watch in the Big 12 as Texas being massacred by the BYU Cougars. If you want to be politically correct, the Longhorns had a difficult time and therefore forfeited a loss. If you want to be honest, the Cougars ran all over Texans to pull off an upset 40-21 perhaps proving that the once-elite program is one of the most overrated teams in the country.
BYU made a mockery of the Longhorns defense. By the end of it all, Texas’ defense gave up a school record 550 rushing yards to the Cougars. It was also the first non-conference road loss for Texas since 2000.
Taysom Hill showed his worth as quarterback finishing with 259 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Jamaal Williams added 182 yards on 30 carries for the Cougars. Rushing. Lot’s of rushing. It took the Cougars 99 plays to question everything anyone had ever known of Texas. If there was any inclination that Texas would excel this season, this game put the truth in perspective.
The very next day defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was terminated and replaced with Greg Robinson, the former Longhorns defensive coordinator, who will be looking for a miracle turnaround.
Elsewhere in the conference, Baylor continued to dominate with a 70-13 win over Buffalo. If you had to choose one word to describe the Bears play this weekend it would efficient. For the second week in a row, Baylor scored four first-quarter touchdowns, and then added four more before halftime. In an incredible 11-minute stretch, Baylor racked up 576 yards on 46 plays, and scored touchdowns on eight of nine drives. In addition to pulling a monster win the Bears added a school-record of 781 total yards.
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall will be out for an unknown amount of games due to a reported fractured non-throwing forearm. TCU still pulled a 38-17 win against Southeastern Louisiana but will now have Trevone Boykin back on to carry the Horned Frogs offense. Before the season started I mentioned TCU would be the surprising team of the season and I will stick to that statement holding belief that they are still a solid contender for a Big 12 title.
West Virginia recorded a 16-7 loss to Oklahoma despite the struggles if OU quarterback Trevor Knight. He was pulled from the game and replaced by junior Blake Bell in the fourth quarter. Knight was 10-20 passing for 119 yards but threw two third-quarter interceptions, two of the team’s four turnovers and 1-of-5 passing in the second half. OU ran the ball 57 times wearing down the Mountaineers, who had four turnovers, including three lost fumbles.
Kansas secured a win of 31-14 over South Dakota. Jake Heapes threw for 110 yards and one touchdown for his debut, not impressive but he showed a strong arm and quick release.
Kansas State rebounded from an opening loss against North Dakota State and struck a win 48-27 against Louisiana-Lafayette. The team still needs much improvement but proved to be better than last week.
In other scores, Oklahoma State excelled over the UTSA Roadrunners 56-35 and Texas Tech crushed Stephen F. Austin 61-13.
Texas will be watched with a close eye as they stay home to battle against Ole Miss. With Diaz out and Robinson in, how the team fares on defense will be the question of the week. TCU will be traveling to Lubbock to play Texas Tech with an early week game played on Thursday. It’ll be important for TCU to start strong as they lagged a bit against Southeastern Louisiana. Consistency is important as I stick to TCU being a strong pick for the season.
What did you think of Texas’s surprising loss to BYU? Is there a legitimate title contender in the conference? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Written by Pamela Maldonado