The Big 12 sure did not cease to entertain. This past week’s games were filled with excitement all the way to the last second while some continued to show their offensive dominance on the field against their opponents.
Texas and Iowa State started off the weekend on Thursday in an “all the way to the end” battle of grit. The momentum in the game kept swinging viciously back and forth leaving viewers on the edge of their seats. In the end, it was the Longhorns (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) that squeezed out a 31-30 victory over the Cyclones.
Case McCoy was the starting quarterback for Texas against Iowa as David Ash was out for the game because of continued symptoms from a head injury he suffered against Kansas State. McCoy was 26 for 45 and threw for 244 yards. McCoy was quite essential in the game and proved clutch when he was able to help the Horns come back from being down in the fourth quarter by scoring on a 1-yard dive with 51 seconds left and Texas was able to hold the one point lead for the win. McCoy was far from perfect but in the end he proved good enough to help Mack Brown with a victory during a trying season for the Horns.
Sam Richardson was the quarterback in Iowa State’s Big 12 opener against Texas and was 16 of 26 for 262 yards. Running back Aaron Wimberly for the Cyclones had 117 yards rushing and one touchdown. Unfortunately for Iowa State (1-3, 0-1 Big 12) they were unable to hold off the Horns in the last quarter despite Richardson giving the home crowd a look at the longest pass play in its school history which was to Quenton Bundrage for a 97-yard score. The Cyclones fought hard and coming into the game they were the least penalized team in the league, but on this night they suffered more penalties than usual that resulted in scoring for the Texas football team.
Just looking at the score it appears that Texas Tech moves on again with another win 54-16 to keep up their undefeated record which is now (5-0, 2-0 Big 12). However, the downer is that the Red Raiders starting quarterback, Baker Mayfield, left the field Saturday after suffering an injury on his right leg during a tackle while passing late in the third quarter. First time coach Kliff Kingsbury says doctors have said that the leg has not endured any structural damage but they are unsure if Mayfield will be ready to play for the next game.
Before the injury freshmen Baker Mayfield was 33 of 51 with one interception passing for 368 yards. With the help of his strong offensive line Mayfield was able to do a fine job just picking his spots and making them count. On the receiving end for the Red Raiders Eric Ward caught seven balls for 122 yards, tight end Jace Amaro caught nine for 96 and Jakeem Grant added seven catches for 92 yards.
For a minute early in the game it looked as though Kansas (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) was on to something when they lead Tech 10-0 in the first quarter. But the Red Raiders were just too much for Kansas as Tech stormed back in the second quarter and took the lead going into half time. Quarterback Jake Heaps for Kansas was 16 for 32 passing 189 yards. Kansas lost its 22nd straight Big 12 game.
Well it certainly was no walk in the park for Oklahoma State in their 33-29 victory against Kansas State, but a win is a win. The Cowboys are now (4-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) after barely missing their second straight loss.
There was never really a dominant team on the field during this game which is surprising considering that the Wildcats’ (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) quarterback threw three interceptions in the game that gave the Raiders opportunities to put more points on the board. The Red Raiders had their share of turnovers as well with one of those during a field goal attempt that was actually blocked and returned by Kansas State’s Kip Daily for 65 yards.
It was a tight first quarter and close first half with Oklahoma State barely leading Kansas State 17-14. At the end of the third quarter The Cowboys lead 23-21, but then at the end of the fourth quarter OSU’s Shaun Lewis and Daytawion Lowe followed up with interceptions to end the Wildcats’ final two drives and secure a victory.
Oklahoma was able to hold off TCU in a 20-17 victory, but the score was a lot closer than anyone could have expected. Nevertheless, the Sooners are still going strong in their season with a now (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) record. Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell had a great game going 20 for 31 and passing 152 yards. This was also Bell’s third straight game of not throwing one interception pass making for an even tougher offense for any defense to play against.
Where Oklahoma won this game was in their rushing game. Before this game the Sooners averaged 256.8 rushing per game and against TCU they rushed 203 yards. Oklahoma has now won ten straight Big 12 games. It sure did look like TCU (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) was going to be blown out when they went to the locker rooms after the first half trailing 13-0, but they were able to put up more of a fight in the second half. Quarterback Trevone Boykin for TCU was 16 for 26 passing for 166 yards. Boykin also scored the only two touchdowns of the game for his team and field goal kicker Jaden Oberkrom contributed to a three-point field goal. TCU could not cross midfield in the first half and didn’t even record a first down until the middle of the third quarter. While they were able to score ten points in the third and seven more in the fourth quarter it was too late as the Sooners were already too far ahead.
Well the Baylor Bears did it. It was a record setting victory for Baylor as the Bears had a total of 864 yards (largest ever for Big 12) in their victory over West Virginia 73-42 making them now (4-0, 1-0 Big 12). Baylor is for real and so is their stat of being the only team to score at least 66 points in four consecutive games since 1980.
Bears’ quarterback Bryce Petty completed 17 of 25 passes for a stunning 347 yards and two touchdowns. Baylor also had a superb running game as they were able to tie their home school record of eight rushing touchdowns. Lache Seastrunk had his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game and Baylor is now only one game short of matching the Sooners in 2008 with five consecutive games scoring at least 60 points.
It was a completely different football team that the Mountaineers faced last year when they beat the Bears 70-63. This year West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) was just no match against the Bears as they only had 7 points in the first quarter as opposed to their opponents astounding 28. Quarterback Clint Trickett was 9 for 28 passing for 161 yards. West Virginia did their best to slow down the Bears, but the Bears just look too invincible right now.
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