Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) was able to fend off Kansas State (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) at Bill Snyder Stadium 41-31 this past Saturday.
Coach Bob Stoops tied the record last weekend and broke the record when he and his team beat the Wildcats, handing Stoops the record for the most wins as an OU head-coach. Trevor Knight filled in for the injured Blake Bell as the quarterback and went 14 of 20 for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Brennan Clay ran for a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns. Fans witnessed a close game in the first half and third quarter, but it was defensive back Zack Sanchez that put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter when he picked off Kansas State’s Jake Waters and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown.
Kansas State had their chances, but they let it slip. For the entire game it looked as though the Wildcats had totally abandoned their running game. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett benefited the most from the passing game as he marked up 12 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately for Kansas State though OU ended their four-game winning streak. In the end, Kansas State showed fans that their team is almost there in being a top contender in the Big 12, but not quite there yet.
Iowa State (2-9, 1-7 Big 12) claimed their first Big 12 victory against Kansas (3-8, 1-7 Big 12) in a blowout game of 34-0 in Ames, Iowa.
Quarterback Grant Rohach enjoyed his best game yet this season going 15 of 20 for 300 yards while throwing two touchdowns. Despite record-breaking temperatures for Jack Trice Stadium, the Cyclones were uninterrupted by 8-degree temperatures in the first half and 3-degree temperatures in the second. Iowa State scored ten points in the first half and then put the game away in the second by scoring an additional 24 points. Fans were frigid, but were excited about their home teams’ blowout victory.
Last week the Jayhawks broke their 27-game conference losing streak, but this weekend they couldn’t continue that triumph by ending what is now a 24-game straight road loss. Running back James Sims rushed for 114 yards giving him a total of 1,028 yards this season allowing him to become the first Jayhawk with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Unfortunately though, this feat was unable to aide in putting any points on the scoreboard for Kansas. The Cyclones were just too much for the Jayhawks as every time Kansas drove into Iowa State’s territory they came out unsuccessful in getting to the red zone.
Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) pulled off an incredible win against the mighty Baylor Bears (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) this past weekend in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State happened to be the movers and shakers of the BCS rankings this weekend as they easily disposed of a much feared and undefeated Baylor football team. The Cowboys were led by quarterback Clint Chelf, who went 19 of 25 for a career-high 370 yards while accounting for four touchdowns. It was a record crowd for the Cowboys, and they gave what all the fans came to see: a crushing defeat that sent the unstoppable Baylor offense home packing. Cowboys’ fans were proud to see OSU’s defense hold off a team that had a national scoring average of 61 points. After handing Baylor their first loss OSU now has a chance to win the Big 12 by beating the Sooners at home in two weeks.
The day couldn’t have been more disappointing for the Baylor Bears. With this loss Baylor has lost all hopes of competing for a national title. Baylor failed to match their offensive 684-yard average and finished only with 453 yards of total offense. The Bears had only scored a measly three points in the first half which accounted for their lowest first-half this season. Quarterback Bryce Petty who had come into the game leading the Big 12 in total offense was unable to catch any kind of momentum. The Bears were outplayed by a large margin and were hoping to have the best season in school history by winning a national championship, but sadly they won’t have that chance anymore.
For this upcoming week 14 in the Big 12, fans will have access to four games. The first will start on Thursday night where Texas Tech will face the Texas Longhorns in Austin. The Longhorns are the favorite by 4.5 points right now and we expect that the Longhorns will hand the Red Raiders their fifth loss in a row.
Then on Saturday, Kansas State will meet Kansas where most likely Kansas State will dismantle the Jayhawks easily. Soon to follow will be Baylor vs. TCU where Baylor will be looking to forget about what happened against OSU and improve their record to 10-1. Baylor is the favorite, but coming off a disappointing loss to OSU can possibly give TCU the mental edge they need to give an upset at home. The Big 12 will finish up with Iowa State vs. West Virginia where we think this game could go either way seeing that the Mountaineers just came off an ugly loss against arguably the worst team in the Big 12.
What did you think of the Baylor collapse? Is there anyway Oklahoma State doesn’t take home the conference? Let us know in the comments!