Only four Big 12 teams played over the weekend as other teams sat out including the Texas Longhorns who were in desperate need of a break to recover from an exhausting four weeks.
The Iowa State Cyclones fell behind 14-7 against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the second quarter but made a quick recovery to finish out the game 38-21. The Cyclones went 66 yards in just 1:11 and closed the first half with a touchdown pass from Sam Richardson to Jarvis West. Richardson then threw a 16- yard touchdown pass to E.J. Bibbs for a 21-14 lead. Jeff Woods continued the momentum scoring for a 28-14 lead. A fourth quarter field goal jolted Iowa State to a 17-point lead before Tulsa scored the only other touchdown for its team. Woody closed out the win with a final touchdown ending the game. Richardson deserves recognition after completing 26 of 41 attempts for 255 yards and two scores. Also excelling in the game was running back Aaron Wimberly, who ran 137 yards on just 19 attempts.
Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass in his first start at West Virginia, Ishmael Banks returned an interception for a touchdown, and the Mountaineers shocked No. 11 Oklahoma State 30-21 on Saturday. Banks’ 58-yard interception return in the first quarter was part of 13 points the Mountaineers scored off four Oklahoma State turnovers. Cowboy’s J.W. Walsh threw three touchdown passes but was intercepted twice. Oklahoma State’s three turnovers were more than the Cowboys had in their first three games combined. They were penalized 10 times for 96 yards. Oklahoma State got the only second-half touchdown on Walsh’s 30-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Seaton. The Cowboys had an opportunity to tie but Ben Grogan’s 23-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright. All in all, turnover, penalties, and poor special teams play was the demise for the Cowboys resulting in a huge loss on Saturday.
TCU’s offense finally had its spark needed to push forward with momentum after a 48-17 victory over SMU. TCU’s defense forced five turnovers, and QB Trevone Boykin led five straight second-half scoring drives to help the Frogs overcome a halftime deficit. Boykin completed 15 of 26 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. SMU had only 292 total yards, while Garrett Gilbert completed 23 of 44 passes for 276 yards and four interceptions, and TCU had seven sacks.
In one of the biggest games of the weekend, Oklahoma defeated Notre Dame winning 35-21, a big non-conference victory for the Big 12. Oklahoma’s defense deserved the game ball after the Sooners picked off Tommy Rees three times. Oklahoma was able to convert all three turnovers into touchdowns, including a 24-yard pick-six by Corey Nelson on the game’s first drive. Frank Shannon’s interception on the next Notre Dame offensive play helped set OU up with a 14-0 lead not even three minutes into the game. Oklahoma now sits at 4-0 for the season and looking to be a solid contender for the Big 12.
In an early week game, Texas will make the drive to Iowa State to face the Cylcones Thursday night but will have to do so without QB Davis Ash due to lingering issues from a head injury. Tech is expected to have a soft game against Kansas as they also sit at 5-0 for the season against the Jayhawks at 2-1. Oklahoma will face the Horned Frogs and although TCU doesn’t have enough offense to pull off an upset, they do have a good enough defense to stay competitive. Finally, West Virginia will take on Baylor i Waco on Saturday. The Bears offense will hold and stay strong against a much weaker team despite the Mountaineers toppling No. 11 Oklahoma last weekend.