Adapt and evolve was the lesson learned in last week’s games. The Big 12 is a concoction of surprises and letdowns starting with Texas Tech who now sits at 3-0 for the season after defeating TCU 20-10. The Red Raiders learned it could win a Big 12 game because its defense was stout enough to keep the Horned Frogs on its toes.
Although it won’t go unnoticed that the Red Raiders won in the most unlikely of fashions. The game was full of penalties from Texas Tech, but they still managed to pull off a victory. The two teams combined for 23 penalties, good for 204 yards. The team celebrated too early after they thought they’d scored on a 49-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Davis Webb to DeAndre Washington, but he dropped the ball at the half-yard line. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty took them back to the TCU 14. Two plays later, Webb hit Bradley Marquez. Webb went 3 for 4 of 77 yards and a touchdown. At one point of the game defensive back J.J. Gaines intercepted TCU’s Trevone Boykin’s pass and returned it 23 yard to the TCU 36. Three penalties pushed them back to the Frogs’ 48-yard line and the Raiders punted. Boykin now has taken the lead role with Casey Pachall out for at least two months so he needs to focus his potential and engineer more sustained drives.
Let’s jump over to Texas. Just a week earlier, BYU made a disgrace of the Longhorns after running all over the team. Literally, they kept running it again and again. This week was no different as Jeff Scott ran for 164 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and also scored on a 73-yard punt return. No. 25 Ole Miss ran over Texas to win 44-23 in Texas territory. The Rebels trailed 23-17 at halftime but the Rebels’ defense dominated in the second half. Ole Miss held Texas to 100 total yards in the second half as they pounded out 274 yards on the ground. Texas’ defense wasn’t expected to be remarkable as its new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson had only taken command just six days before.
Team of the week goes to Oklahoma for an outstanding quarterback performance from Blake Bell, who initially lost his starting job during the preseason. Bell completed 27 of 37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start for Oklahoma beating Tulsa 51-20.
West Virginia dominated in its game against Georgia State in a 41-7 win. The game ball goes to Ford Childress, a redshirt freshman quarterback, who completed 25 of 41 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns in his college debut.
In other scores, Iowa State fell to Iowa in a 27-21 defeat, Kansas State rolled to a 37-7 victory over Massachusetts, Oklahoma State coasted through its game after a 59-3 win over Lamar, while Rice beat Kansas 23-14 after Chris Boswell kicked a 56-yard field goal with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter and Charles Ross added an 8-yard touchdown.
It will be a quiet week as four of the Big 12 teams will be off leaving Texas as the big game going up against Kansas State. The Wildcats sit at 2-1 as the Longhorns are behind at 1-2. The Longhorns will be looking to avoid their first 1-3 start since 1956, and will need to do so by running a better defense. West Virginia will head to Baltimore to face its rival the Maryland Terrapins. The Mountaineers have won seven in a row since 2004.
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Written by Pamela Maldonado