The Texas (8-3, 7-1 Big 12) Longhorns kept their Big 12 title hopes alive as they beat up the Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) Red Raiders 41-16 in Austin, TX.
Case McCoy was 10 of 19 for 139 yards and passing for two touchdowns. The Longhorns are still in the hunt for a Big 12 title, but they will need Oklahoma State to lose against Oklahoma this coming weekend while beating Baylor in Waco. Texas’ defense really showed up to play on this Thursday night as the defense was able to sack Tech’s freshmen quarterback, Baker Mayfield, seven times. Thursday night was the final home game for the Longhorns this season. Mack Brown was relieved to respond with a big win at home after the worst loss of his Texas Longhorn career against OSU a week ago.
It was a sad ending to a great start for the Texas Tech football team. Texas Tech ended their regular season with their fifth consecutive loss after starting 7-0 under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders haven’t won in Austin since 1997 and will have to wait another year to end that record. In the first half, Texas Tech was able to remain competitive only trailing by ten as they went into half-time. However, the third quarter is when the Longhorns began to increase their lead and never look back to the struggling Texas Tech offense.
This weekend the Kansas State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) Wildcats were victorious over the Kansas (3-9, 1-8 Big 12) Jayhawks 31-10 for the fifth straight time.
Last weekend running back, John Hubert, only racked up 17 yards against the Oklahoma Sooners. However, against Kansas, Hubert ran for a career-high 220 yards. Quarterback Jake Waters also had a great game going 10 of 21 for 160 yards and accounting for three touchdowns. The Wildcats never lost control of the game and are bowl eligible where it looks like they might be participating in the Holiday Bowl.
Sadly for head-coach Charlie Weis, it looks like his 2-year presence at Kansas has not resulted in any progress for the program. Kansas will now go into their offseason with their fifth straight losing record. Turnovers were much to blame for the Jayhawks this past Saturday. Quarterback Jake Heaps was 14 of 29 for 138 yards with three interceptions and back-up Montell Cozart didn’t help matters by throwing one pick of his own. In addition, Kansas also fumbled the ball twice, which all resulted for a season-high six turnovers. Kansas was never able to recover from its missteps and the Jayhawks finished their season scoreless in the second half.
Baylor (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) squeaked by Texas Christian University (4-8, 2-7 Big 12) in a surprising close match-up 41-38 in Fort Worth, TX.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was 19 of 38 for 206 yards with two touchdown passes. But, on this day, it was the defense that was most important. Baylor’s defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and was clutch at the end of the game with a late pick that resulted in the Bears holding off a probable TCU comeback victory. Baylor still has a chance for a conference title if they beat Texas next week and OSU loses to Oklahoma.
TCU finished their second season in the Big 12 and it ended with the school’s fewest wins since 1997. The Horned Frogs were in position to tie the game in the final seconds, but elected to go for the end zone, which resulted in quarterback Casey Pachall’s third interception. TCU treated this game as if it was their bowl game for the season and they sure fought hard, but the defense of the Baylor Bears was just too much to overcome.
Iowa State (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) got their second Big 12 win Saturday when they defeated West Virginia (4-8, 2-7 Big 12) after three overtimes 52-44.
“Never count Iowa State out” should be the new mantra. The Cyclones trailed by seventeen in the fourth quarter, but it didn’t matter as they raged back to win in triple overtime. Redshirt quarterback Grant Rohach was 25 of 39 for 331 yards and threw four touchdowns. With a minute left, Iowa State forced the overtime when Rohach threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Justin Coleman. In the first two overtimes, both teams just traded field goals. In the end, Rohach threw the winning touchdown pass to yet again Justin Coleman and wrapped up a disappointing season but an epic last victory.
To put it mildly, the Mountaineers’ choked on the last game of their season. West Virginia led early 31-7 in the second quarter, but then had four turnovers after halftime and ended the year with their last 6 out of 7 games in losses. It was déjà vu for the home team fans as they watched the Mountaineers lose a second half lead for the fourth time this season. Despite West Virginia having a shot to send the game into a fourth overtime they just couldn’t get into red zone in enough time.
For the last upcoming week 15 in the Big 12, fans will get to watch purely Oklahoma and Texas football. Oklahoma State will take on the Oklahoma Sooners at home in what viewers are expecting to be a victory for what has been a stellar year for the Cowboys. Sports books have Oklahoma State favored by 9.5 points and with home field advantage along with a weaker than usual Oklahoma offense we’re sure they’ll cover.
The final game will be a good old Texas matchup where the Baylor Bears will host the Texas Longhorns in Waco. Right now the sports books are favoring Baylor by a whopping 16 points, but judging how Baylor has struggled a bit in their last two games offensively we can’t help but recommend taking the Longhorns +16.
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