The Kansas Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) finally snapped their 27-game Big 12 losing streak this weekend against West Virginia (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) in a 31-19 victory at Memorial Stadium.
For the first time in a long time the Jayhawks basked in their victory over another conference team and thousands of fans stormed the field to embrace players and coaches. Running back, James Sims, had an incredible game rushing for 211 yards, three touchdowns and a career-high 22 carries. Despite the cruel conditions of 50 MPH howling winds Kansas was sure glad to get their second Big 12 victory in their last 40 games. The Jayhawks would only trail once in the first quarter. James Sims gave Kansas their first touchdown in the second and afterwards the Jayhawks went on a running riot that had them with a lead of 31-7 in the fourth quarter.
The Mountaineers were looking to repair their dignity in their first trip to Lawrence after coming off a disappointing loss at home last weekend to Texas in overtime. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the outcome West Virginia was looking for this weekend. Quarterback, Paul Millard was 23 of 42 for 242 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions that resulted in two touchdown conversions for the Jayhawks. For the first three quarters the Mountaineers’ had only scored 7 points and could never get anything going until the fourth quarter, but by that time the gap from which they trailed was just too large to overcome.
Oklahoma (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) was in cruise control Saturday as they stomped over Iowa State (1-9, 0-7 Big 12) 48-10 in Norman, OK.
Head coach Bob Stoops was congratulated before the game even started via twitter by former OU coach Barry Switzer for tying the record for the most wins with the Sooners as an Oklahoma Head Coach. The Sooners had no problem fulfilling Switzer’s prophecy as they kept their opponent scoreless for the last three quarters of the game. Quarterback, Blake Bell, was injured in the second quarter and was replaced by freshmen Trevor Knight. Knight was 8 of 14 for 61 yards and rushed for 123 yards with one touchdown. Knight helped Oklahoma get the spark they needed to win this game and Coach Stoops says that until he knows more about Bell’s injury will he then decide if Trevor Knight gets to start for OU next weekend.
Iowa State held OU scoreless for the first eight minutes of the first quarter. Quarterback, Grant Rohach was 21 of 34 for 179 passing yards with two interceptions. Sam Richardson was the Cyclones’ only player to score a touchdown and kicker Cole Netten later added 3-points to give Iowa State their lonely 10 points of the game. Iowa State has now lost seven in a row in their disappointing season.
Kansas State (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) barely gets passed TCU (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) late in the fourth quarter 33-31 making them bowl eligible for the fourth straight season.
Many players dream of having a moment where the game is all in your hands with only seconds remaining on the clock. However, few get the opportunity and when many have they don’t capitalize on it. On this day it was sophomore field goal kicker Jack Cantele who stepped up to make the game-winning field goal with 3 seconds remaining in the fourth on Saturday. Cantele threw himself into the air in triumph followed by his teammates embracing him after the epic 41-yarder. The game itself endured a wild swing of momentum from both sides, but in the end Kansas State was glad to qualify for another bowl game.
It was a great ballgame, but TCU just didn’t have enough to overcome the Wildcats. The defeat for TCU marks the first time that they are ineligible for a bowl game since 2004. No one would have thought in the first half that TCU would have comeback to make the game as close as they did when going into half-time trailing 7-17. However, TCU turned the tables and took back the lead by the end of the 3rd quarter 28-27. It all came down to the fourth quarter and TCU lead 31-30 with two minutes remaining on the clock until Jack Cantele made the winning field goal for Kansas State.
Oklahoma State (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) gave Texas (7-3, 6-1 Big 12) its first Big 12 game defeat when they ran over the Longhorns 38-13 this weekend in Austin.
It looks like the Big 12 Championship is still in reach for OSU as they showed this past Saturday that they just might have what it takes to stop their upcoming opponents, the Baylor Bears. Quarterback, Clint Chelf, was 16 of 22 for 197 yards running for two touchdowns and throwing for two more. The game appeared as if it was going to be close in the first quarter, but late in the second quarter fans could see that OU was going to just run away with this victory.
Texas suffered its worst loss at home under head coach Mack Brown since their defeat against UCLA 34-12. This game marks the second time this season that the Horns have been beat up at home, the first was when they lost to Ole Miss 44-23. Just when you thought that speculation about Mack Brown’s job security was quieting down we’re sure that this horrid loss at home for the Horns will only bring the issue back to the drawing board.
Baylor (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) remained undefeated this past weekend as they clobbered Texas Tech (7-4, 4-4 Big 12) 63-34 in Arlington.
It wasn’t easy for the Bears at first, but that quickly turned around after the first quarter ended. For the first time this year Baylor was facing a double-digit deficit in the middle of the first quarter. Then, as expected Baylor went on to score an additional 42 points by the end of the game. Quarterback Bryce Petty was 17 of 31 for 335 yards ran for two touchdowns and threw three. Baylor really showed some heart in this game and were quite impressive winning the way they did when they were down 20-7 in the first. Even though the Bears were missing their top two running backs Baylor surpassed their scoring average of 61 points and finished with a total of 675 yards for the game.
Texas Tech came right out of the gate firing from all cylinders and climbing quickly to a 20-7 lead, but then like a deer caught in headlights they were stunned by Baylor’s comeback. The Red Raiders just had too many mistakes on the field. Texas Tech had three turnovers with two of them leading to Baylor touchdowns. This is now their fourth straight loss since they started the season 7-0. Despite Texas Tech getting the return of their starting quarterback, Baker Mayfield, the Red Raiders were just out gunned offensively.
For this upcoming week 13 in the Big 12 fans will be treated to only three games: Oklahoma #20 vs. Kansas State, Kansas vs. Iowa State, and Baylor #4 vs. Oklahoma State #10.
Of course all eyes will be on the Baylor-OSU game this weekend. In years passed viewers could say the biggest test for the Bears would have been against OU, but this year OU is just not the powerhouse it usually is. This year the second strongest team in the Big 12 is Oklahoma State. OSU has only one surprising loss this season to West Virginia, but today they are looking like the Big 12 contenders that many predicted at the start of the season. The Cowboys host the Bears next week and even though Baylor has been a dominant force to reckon with you very seldom go on the road against a tough team like OSU and win by more than three touchdowns. This will be the most difficult test for Baylor to prove that it is a contender for the BCS championship game. We still expect Baylor to come out with the win because of their unbelievable offense and strong defensive teams, but in order to have a chance at making a claim for the BCS game we think they would need to annihilate OSU. Maybe Baylor can prove us wrong, but we think Baylor will outscore OSU only by one touchdown.
As for the other two games, we’re confident that the Kansas Jayhawks will lose this away game at Iowa State and the Kansas State Wildcats will upset the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma has shown their ability to struggle against tougher teams in the Big 12 and their match up against Kansas State will undoubtedly be against a tough team let alone an away game. Therefore, we feel that the Sooners will be disappointed and lose to Kansas State by seven points.