Oklahoma State University (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) got the job done against Iowa State (1-6, 0-4 Big 12) this weekend in a 58-27 victory to continue what has been a respectable season for the Cowboys.
As we mentioned in last week’s recap, the Cowboys are still trying to resolve their inconsistent passing game situation and to sum it up nicely, starting quarterback Clint Chelf was still someone that did not help solve this issue. Clint Chelf was 10 of 26 for only 78 yards, but he did do a good job of getting the Cowboys in the correct run plays and was effective on the ground rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown. OSU had nothing to be thrilled about in their passing game, but luckily the offensive line did a great job in helping running back Desomond Roland score four touchdowns and run for a career-high 219 yards. Cowboys’ coach, Mike Gundy, knows that his team needs to increase its passing game efficiency, but Gundy still feels comfortable keeping Clint Chelf as the starting quarterback going against Texas Tech next week.
Iowa State wasn’t totally at a loss for hope to beat their first Big 12 opponent of the season, but the Cyclones just couldn’t overcome the many mistakes they had on the field. After the first quarter OSU lead 21-7, but allowed the Cyclones to come back to trail by only eight points 28-20. Iowa fans were hoping that this momentum would grow in the second half, but the Cyclones’ execution just could not make that happen. OSU pulled away in the third quarter and never looked back.
The Kansas State Wildcats (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) were able to get their first Big 12 victory of the season against the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-5, 1-4 Big 12).
It took some time, but the Wildcats overcame their slow start on Saturday. Kansas State’s quarterback, Jake Waters, had very efficient stats that resulted in 10 of 13 for 198 yards and three touchdowns. It was neck-and-neck all the way through the third quarter with each team taking turns leading the other. All things changed in the second half though as the Wildcats scored four unanswered touchdowns to bury West Virginia. The Mountaineers found themselves fighting early in the game when they were up, but they just couldn’t make the most of it. Quarterback Clint Trickett was 15 of 28 for 227 yards and despite helping the team take the lead in the second quarter, the rest of the team as a whole could not stand off the hungry Wildcats.
This weekend the Oklahoma Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) gave the Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) their first disappointing loss of the season.
Coming into the game, Oklahoma’s quarterback, Blake Bell, knew that he would have to have an answer for Texas Tech’s strong unbeaten offense. Unlike against Texas, Bell had the solution to beat this tough opponent by coming up with big plays of his own. Bell was 14 of 22 for 249 passing yards and had two touchdowns. Bell’s biggest play came in the second quarter where he hit wide receiver Jalen Saunders for a 76-yard touchdown pass to put the Sooners up 14-7. Saunders finished with six catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly to everyone it was Oklahoma that stole the offensive show from a team who entered the game with that status.
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. It was three turnovers that resulted in the final loss to Oklahoma for Texas Tech. The game was quite gripping in the first three quarters as we got to see Oklahoma take a 21-7 lead against the Raiders, but Texas Tech refused to go out in that fashion and fought back to take a 24-21 lead against the Sooners. Tech’s quarterback, Davis Webb, was once again the leader in lieu of their injured starting quarterback Baker Mayfield. Webb finished 33 of 53 for 385 passing yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately though, as the Raiders managed to fight back Davis Webb also managed to throw two interceptions one of which was at a crucial moment in the game that stopped a Tech run that could have inevitably won the game for them. At 24-21 you could really see the momentum growing for Tech, but the team just could not endure the turnovers and penalties they had on the offensive side.
This weekend the Baylor Bears (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) decided to take it easy on their opponents by not scoring their usual seventy-point game instead they defeated the Kansas Jayhawks (2-5, 0-4) 59-14 at Memorial Stadium.
In just three quarters, Bears’ quarterback Bryce Petty finished 20 of 32 for 430 passing yards and three touchdowns. This win gave the Baylor football program their 11th straight win, a now school record. Baylor still remains the nation’s highest-scoring offense, finishing in this game with 743 yards. When Baylor was ahead 38-0 we got to see coach Art Briles take the conservative and smart approach of pulling many of his starters in the third quarter. Despite having fewer starters, the team was still able to get 21 more points before the game ended. Baylor hasn’t been in the media talks too much as National Championship contenders, but they sure are banging on the door for attention and with how they’re playing they might not need for it to open as they just might blast through it.
Quarterback Jake Heaps for the Jayhawks was held to 7 of 19 for 85 yards and one touchdown. The other touchdown came at the legs of running back, Brandon Bourbon, for a 22-yard run. It’s hard to write, but the Jayhawks have now lost 25 consecutive Big 12 games. The only positive that Kansas could have taken from this game is that they didn’t allow Baylor to reach seventy-points as the Bears have against many other teams this season.
Despite a three hour delay of game due to lightning the Texas Longhorns (5-2, 4-0 Big 12) cruised by TCU (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) this weekend 30-7 in Fort Worth to maintain their undefeated record in the Big 12.
Don’t call it a comeback, but that’s what it looks like it’s turning out to be mid-season for the Longhorns. After losing two consecutive games early in the season the Longhorns have now won four games in a row including an upset victory over Oklahoma. Two of their losses are from non-conference games, but Texas has managed to clean up the mess and remain tied atop the Big 12 standings with sixth-ranked Baylor. Quarterback Case McCoy started his fourth game with starting quarterback, David Ash, still out because of a concussion injury and was 9 of 19 for 228 yards with one touchdown. Texas broke away from TCU for good in the second quarter and after returning from the delayed game in the second quarter continued to punish the TCU defense.
TCU is still struggling in their quarterback situation as coach Gary Patterson showed when he most likely pulled Trevone Boykin out of frustration after a fumble and Casey Pachall came in as the replacement. Offensively Boykin had only helped TCU attain five total yards on seven offensive plays before Pachall took over. Casey Pachall finished out the game and was 13 of 34 for 140 yards, but it just wasn’t enough. For the first time this season TCU has consecutive losses.
In this coming week ten for the Big 12 fans will have privy to four games. The most anticipated game will be ranked teams Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech as both teams look to keep their defeated status at a one game loss only.
Sports books are giving the slight favoring to Texas Tech and viewers can expect a close game in Lubbock. We believe with home field advantage and an explosive offense Texas Tech will be able to dismiss the Oklahoma State Cowboys by a medium margin. However, if OSU’s passing game shows up they could easily upset the Raiders.
Iowa State will be looking for its first Big 12 victory of the season, but it is unlikely to come against the Kansas State Wildcats. TCU will try to break their first consecutive loss streak against West Virginia and is expected to do so. Lastly, comeback kid Texas will most likely disappoint the Kansas Jayhawks in Austin who are still looking for their first Big 12 conference game victory.