All games went according to our Week 7 preview predictions in the Big 12 except for one in where everyone was surprised to see OU fall to UT despite a struggling Texas Longhorn Football program this season. Nevertheless, the other Big 12 games that happened during Week 7 showed some possible vulnerability to some teams that seam invincible. Join us as we walk you through what happened.
TCU (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) was able to get their first victory in a Big 12 game against the Kansas (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) Jayhawks 27-17. Despite TCU giving up three fumbles and two interceptions the Horned Frogs were still able to overcome the turnovers.
In the first half of the game viewers were not yet able to tell who the final victor of the game would be since at the end of the first two quarters the score was tied at 10-10. It was in the second half where the Horned Frogs were able to get some momentum that lead to a score of 24-17 by the end of the third quarter. By the fourth quarter Kansas was able to get to 17, but TCU’s defense proved too strong in the game holding Kansas to only 198 yards.
Boykin finished the game 14 of 22 for 173 passing yards. Kansas quarterback, Jake Heaps, finished 13 of 26 for 152 passing yards. The Jayhawks did capitalize on 3 turnovers by the Frogs, which led to all of Kansas’ scoring, but the Jayhawks were just overmatched. TCU’s wide receiver, David Porter, gave the Frogs’ first 100-yard receiving game since last season and running back, B.J. Catalon ran for a season-high 91 yards.
Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) was able to hold onto their undefeated season with a 42-35 victory over Iowa State (1-4, 0-2 Big 12). Having his first start of the season due to an injured Baker Mayfield the experience was a little new for Techs’ backup quarterback, Davis Webb, but Webb was able to help lead his team to a win against a tough Iowa State team and throw three touchdowns.
Raiders’ coach, Kliff Kingsbury, continues to like what he sees from his team. The first half had both Iowa and Tech battling for the lead, but it was always Tech that would get the earliest lead despite a 21-21 tie going into the second half. At their earliest date ever since 2008, the Red Raiders are bowl eligible with their first time coach. Iowa State still continues to show sparks of talent and fortitude. The Cyclones’ coach, Paul Rhoads says that he’s enjoying seeing his boys fight to the very end and loves how his team continues to respond to the challenges they face against tough teams.
This was the first time in 25 games that Iowa State allowed their opponent to score more than 40 points. Tech scored four out of five times it got into the red zone. The Raiders’ offensive line did a great job moving guys around and helped Tech finish with a season-high 251 yards rushing. Tech’s Davis Webb was 35 of 56 for 415 passing yards.
Expect the unexpected is what the Texas (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) Longhorns delivered this past Saturday as they shook-up the Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) Sooners in a 36-20 upset victory still maintaining an undefeated record against Big 12 teams.
The Sooners were favored by two touchdowns, but that didn’t stop the Longhorns from outplaying Oklahoma for the entire game and never trailing once. Oklahoma was, to put it mildly, stunned. Oklahoma quarterback, Blake Bell, was only 12 of 26 for 133 passing yards. Bell also finally threw his first two interceptions of the season. The Sooners just could not get any momentum going for their offense and hardly had any big plays offensively. While Bell and his teammates have been used to beating up the Longhorns in their previous seasons, this time around Bell was sacked four times and had minus-27 yards on seven carries.
On the other hand, the Longhorns were just explosive offensively. Two of Oklahoma’s rushing leaders, Ford and Millard were only able to get a combined 66 yards of rushing, whereas Texas’ two rushing leaders ran for a combined 243 yards. Texas was making plays all over the field including touchdowns on long pass plays, touchdowns from interceptions, and yes even an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Daje Johnson in the third quarter. Longhorns’ Case McCoy was 13 of 21 for 190 passing yards and threw for two touchdowns. In a season where many UT fans were calling for Mack Brown’s job the coach sure did deliver for fans a much-coveted Golden Hat trophy that is awarded to the winner in one of College Football’s best rivalries.