Today we look back at Week 11 in the Big 12. The biggest matchup in the Big 12 was Baylor and Oklahoma, and while it started off close, it didn’t stay that way for long.
Baylor 41- Oklahoma 12
Are you ready to believe yet? Against many critics on Thursday Baylor proved that it is worthy of being in contention for the BCS title game. On Thursday Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) remained unbeaten and easily dismissed Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) 41 -12 in great fashion.
After watching the game viewers can finally see that the Baylor Bears are just simply a special team that is very talented. For the first time ever the Baylor Bears are 8-0. Baylor passed with flying colors a test that many wanted to see for the number one scoring team in the nation. Thus far in the season critics have voiced their strong opinions of Baylor not being as great as the numbers show due to all of their stats being racked up against unranked teams. Well now all critics of Baylor can now be silenced as they responded with an impressive victory over a traditionally strong team.
Baylor was slow to start the game and for the first time this season did not score a touchdown in the first quarter. Nevertheless, the Baylor engine finally started purring like a fast sports car down the track. As expected Baylor’s offensive numbers were not going to be as high when playing against this particular team, but they still managed to keep OU to only one touchdown. Everyone has talked about their offense which we all know is very good, but Baylor’s defense was nothing short of stellar as well. All in all, the Bears have made a loud response to all of the naysayers and are very much, for real.
Oklahoma came into this game with a 21-1 series lead against the Bears and were as confident as any team would be with that record. However, this season is completely different. Even OU coach, Bob Stoops, admitted that Baylor is just playing on a different level right now. Oklahoma struggled throughout the entire game. OU was just 4 of 17 on third down conversions and their offense was outgained by Baylor by 222 yards struggling to both run and pass the ball.
TCU 21 – Iowa State 17
Texas Christian University (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) was able to finally snap a three-game losing streak when they rallied back to beat Iowa State (1-8, 0-6 Big 12) 21-17 in Iowa.
Trevone Boykin was instrumental for TCU as he scored all three of TCU’s touchdowns to remain in contention for possible bowl eligibility with two games left. Quarterback, Casey Pachall, was 20 of 36 for 245 yards and two interceptions. Pachall almost lost the game for TCU when he threw an interception that if not thrown would have resulted in a probable game-tying field goal when Iowa lead 17-14. However, it didn’t matter as Iowa State gave TCU one more chance and on this possession TCU was able to get down to the 3-yard line and set up Boykin for the game-winner.
The Cyclones have now lost six straight games in a row and continue to not have a win against a Big 12 conference team. Quarterback, Grant Rohach, was 18 of 39 for 148 yards. Despite the Cyclones going into their halftime trailing for the fourth game in a row they were determined to get a win at home. In the third quarter running back, DeVondrick Nealy, brought Iowa State even with TCU 14-14 on a 98-yard kickoff return. Iowa continued the momentum by following up later in the third with a field goal that gave them their first lead against an opponent in a month. Unfortunately, Iowa just couldn’t hold down the Horned Frogs as they gave up a touchdown to TCU with 38 seconds left remaining in the game which turned out to be too little time to take back the game.
Kansas State 49 – Texas Tech 26
The Kansas State (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) Wildcats beat up the Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) Red Raiders this Saturday to the tune of 49-26 in Lubbock, TX.
Quarterback, Jake Waters, had a nice day to help the Wildcats defeat No. 25 Texas Tech finishing 6 of 9 for 65 yards while running for two touchdowns and passing for another. For Kansas State, it was all about their run game, as they had five rushing touchdowns en route to their victory. This win made it coach Bill Snyder’s 175th career victory and the Wildcats’ third win in a row. Kansas State continues to improve every week and is currently playing the best football of their season.
It was another sad day for Texas Tech as they have now been handed their third consecutive loss this season. Texas Tech was led by back-up quarterback, Baker Mayfield who was 34 of 44 for 276 yards with two interceptions. The Raiders showed the most promise in the first quarter, but Kansas State really began to dig in to the Raiders’ defense by outscoring Texas Tech 21-0 in the second quarter. For the rest of the game Texas Tech was unable to reduce the deficit. Tech’s tight-end receiver, Jace Amaro, continued his streak of at least eight catches and remains the Big 12’s leader in receptions. Nevertheless, Texas Tech as a team was just too outmatched against the Wildcats despite the home field advantage.
Oklahoma State 42 – Kansas 6
Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) had no trouble beating the Kansas (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) Jayhawks this weekend 42-6 in an almost blowout game.
Cornerback, Justin Gilbert, got the game started for the Cowboys when he returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, for the Cowboys they did lose their top receiver, Josh Stewart, to a leg injury early in the game. Nevertheless, Oklahoma State was able to use the rest of their receiving team to put points on the scoreboard. Quarterback, Clint Chelf, threw the ball well completing 19 of 37 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
The Jayhawks continue to struggle in the Big 12 as they have now lost their sixth game in a row and are still 0-6 against Big 12 teams. At halftime it looked like Kansas was never going to put any points up on the scoreboard as they trailed 28-0. It wasn’t until the third quarter though when the Jayhawks finally put up a field goal to avoid a blowout followed by another in the fourth quarter. In the end, Kansas was glad to avoid a blowout game but that was all the gladness this team felt on Saturday.
Texas 47 vs West Virginia 40
In the last game of the Big 12 this Saturday fans got to see the Texas (7-2, 6-0 Big 12) Longhorns fight off the West Virginia (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) Mountaineers 47-40 in overtime to remain undefeated against Big 12 conference teams. It wasn’t easy for the Texas Longhorns, but quarterback Case McCoy was able to make plays for the team when they needed him. Case McCoy finished 27 of 49 for a career-high 283 passing yards and three touchdowns. Texas sent the game into overtime tied at 40-40 after field goal kicker, Anthony Fera made his fourth field goal of the game with 13 seconds left. career victory and the Wildcats’ third win in a row. McCoy threw a 2-yard touchdown pass in overtime and the Longhorn defense was able to stop West Virginia on their 4th game 47-40.
West Virginia held the lead the entire way until the end of the third quarter. Starting quarterback Clint Trickett was replaced by Paul Millard who completed 16 of 32 for 259 passing yards and one touchdown. Trickett was sacked late in the first quarter and left the game with a possible head injury. The Longhorn defense was too strong for the Mountaineers’ offense resulting in both Millard and Trickett being sacked six times and having five turnovers. In the end, Texas stopped West Virginia when linebacker Steve Edmond intercepted a pass made by Paul Millard that would have forced a double overtime.
For this upcoming week in the Big 12, fans will enjoy five matchups this Saturday that include: West Virginia vs. Kansas, Iowa State vs. Oklahoma, Texas Christian University vs. Kansas State, Oklahoma State vs. Texas, and Texas Tech vs. Baylor.
The most anticipated game of the weekend will be between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys. Currently the sports books favor Oklahoma State by a slight margin, but we here at SportsInvasion feel that the Longhorns will come out ahead. Texas has home field advantage and momentum. Oklahoma State’s offense has shown to be sluggish in their last two games and Texas has shown that they have the ability to beat tough opponents like OU and West Virginia.
We expect West Virginia to easily improve their record by defeating Kansas and be on their way to winning both their remaining games to become bowl eligible. Unfortunately for Iowa State they will remain unable to defeat a Big 12 team as they face OU where the only triumph they can hope for is to avoid a blowout. Kansas State continues to show great improvement through the end of their season and should maintain this status as they will most likely cruise over TCU at home. Finally, the Baylor Bears will inevitably show no mercy and will only hand Texas Tech their fourth consecutive loss of their season.