Texas (6-2, 5-0 Big 12) was off to a slow start in the beginning of the game, but eventually hit the cruise control button as they tore through the Kansas (2-6, 0-5 Big 12) Jayhawks 35-13 to remain undefeated at 5-0 against Big 12 teams.
Texas sure didn’t have the powerhouse ability early in this game that they showed against TCU and OU earlier this season. No sir, the Longhorns were scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since their season-opener. However, things started to pick up for the Longhorns in the second quarter as running back, Malcolm Brown, started to put points on the board for the team. Brown ran for 119 yards with 20 carries and 4 touchdowns. Quarterback Case McCoy passed for 196 yards with two interceptions, but he was not as key as Brown was for the Longhorns.
Kansas fans are always looking to be surprised with a win from their team against a Big 12 team. Sadly, it just wasn’t in the cards this time around. The Jayhawks have now dropped their 26th consecutive game in the Big 12. There were small glimpses here and there when it looked like Kansas could take an early lead or at least make another score, but errors were just too much to overcome. Kansas continues to struggle this season against the Big 12 and the future to improve almost looks hopeless.
Kansas State (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) almost blew out their Iowa State (1-7, 0-5 Big 12) opponents this weekend 41-7 at Bill Snyder Stadium.
For this game quarterback combo, Jake Waters and Daniel Sams, got the job done combining for 221 yards. Kansas came right out of the gate in the first half leading 17-0. The defensive team showed the most promise as they held the Cyclones to running just one single play in the Wildcats’ red zone the entire game. Even though the Wildcats could taste a blowout victory, Iowa denied them the pleasure when running back DeVondrick Nealy for Iowa was able to score in the closing minutes of the game. Kansas State still keeps their consecutive winning streak against the Cyclones that started back in 2005.
Hopes were not high for Iowa as the Cyclones were missing several important players due to injuries such as starting running back Aaron Wimberly. In all of Coach Paul Rhoads’ career as a Cyclone he remains winless against Kansas State. Injuries continued to pile up in this game for Iowa as quarterback, Sam Richardson had to be replaced midway through the second quarter because of an ankle injury. The only thing that went well for Iowa was their ability to salvage some dignity by avoiding a blowout in the last few moments of the game.
This weekend the West Virginia (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) Mountaineer’s sneaked by the TCU (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) Horned Frogs in overtime 30-27.
West Virginia has done an amazing job this season in their last couple of games. That is, a great job in losing the winning lead. In their last couple of games The Mountaineers’ have given the winning lead up and inevitably losing to their opponents. This game was no different except that West Virginia actually won. West Virginia gave up a 10-point fourth quarter lead to the Horned Frogs, but then came back in overtime with a Josh Lambert 35-yard game-winning field goal. This isn’t the first time these two teams decided to go neck and neck. Last year, TCU was able to win in a 39-38 victory in double-overtime. The Mountaineers’ were happy to finally snap a three-game losing streak and continue to fight for bowl eligibility.
TCU has now lost three games in a row which is a first for head-coach Gary Patterson’s thirteen seasons as a Horned Frog. Patterson has only had one losing season in 2004 when TCU was 5-6. If TCU wants to be bowl eligible they’ll have to win their last three games which would have them finishing the season at .500. Bottom line against West Virginia is that TCU had too many turnovers and didn’t start moving the ball towards the end and by that time it was just too late.
The biggest surprise of the weekend was to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) upsetting the Texas Tech Raiders (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) 52-34 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX.
Last week we mentioned that if OSU’s passing game showed up the Cowboys could easily upset the Raiders. Well guess what, OSU didn’t need that much of a passing game because they had an amazing running game. So amazing that Texas Tech gave up a season-high 281 yards rushing along with a season-high five touchdowns on the ground. The Cowboys accounted for 492 total yards which is the most the Red Raiders have given up all season. Quarterback Clint Chelf was 18 of 34 for 211 yards and ran for two touchdowns. Chelf’s ability to run the ball effectively has helped the Cowboys. With this win OSU remains closely behind the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 title race.
With this loss the rest of the season has begun to look more difficult for Texas Tech as they have now lost two straight games in a row. The Cowboys are now the first team to beat Texas Tech three straight times in Lubbock since Nebraska (94’, 96’, and 2000). Texas Tech had a slow start to the game being down 21-0 in the first quarter until they trailed by only four points at half-time. Even though the Raiders’ had positioned themselves in the second half to take over the game, Tech just could not win the turnover battle and continued to get outplayed by the Cowboys. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has this to say, “Came out really flat and didn’t play well in the second half.”
For this upcoming week eleven for the Big 12, fans will get an early kickoff Thursday that starts between the Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma in what is predicted to be the Bears’ first true test of the season.
Currently sports books are indicating that Baylor is favored by two touchdowns. We think that this summation is about right. For one, Baylor has been confidently unstoppable at their home territory and for two that football engine has a lot of horsepower. You can never count out a team like Oklahoma, but to us they’re just simply overmatched this year against the Bears.
When we get to Saturday we’ll see TCU vs. Iowa State where we expect continued struggling from an injured Iowa team resulting in a loss. Then, fans will most likely enjoy a close game where Texas Tech will be looking to snap their current 2-game losing streak against a worthy Kansas State opponent. Next, viewers will most likely witness a continued winning run for Oklahoma State against Kansas. And finally, West Virginia while not consistent does have a strong inconsistent spark in their scoring ability so fans might be in for a closer than expected game for the Big 12 game leader, Texas Longhorns. We’re not even sure what the outcome will be.
We’ll see you next week!