There were eight games this past weekend for the Big-12 conference, including the opening conference game of the season that went down to the wire. Let’s take a look at the outcomes from week 2 of college football.
#4 Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0) Tulsa (1-1, 1-0) 52-7 Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
Oklahoma went on runs of 31-0 and 21-0, giving up only a touchdown in the third quarter to down Tulsa 52-7. Trevor Knight delivered for the Sooners connecting on 21 of 34 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Sterling Shepard was on the receiving end of 177 of the Sooner’s 319 passing yards. Shepard, along with Blake Bell, had a touchdown catch. Oklahoma was balanced rushing the ball for 261 yards on only 31 carries (8.4 yards per carry). Alex Ross and Keith Ford led the Sooners with 90 and 87 yards respectively. Ross scored a touchdown along with Knight. Ford tallied two touchdowns on the ground. The defense looked strong, especially on the ground only giving up 94 yards rushing. Oklahoma forced three interceptions while allowing 234 yards through the air. Week three will be the first real challenge for Oklahoma as they host a pesky Tennessee (2-0, 0-0) team to Norman.
#10 Baylor (2-0, 0-0) Northwestern St. (0-2, 0-0) 70-6 McLane Stadium, Waco, TX
Seth Russell had no problem stepping in for the injured Bryce Petty. The back-up quarterback threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns in Baylor’s rout of Northwestern State. KD Cannon caught three of Russell’s touchdown passes, recording 223 yards on only six catches. Davion Hall and Jay Lee each had over 75 yards receiving and a touchdown reception. Johnny Jefferson led the Bears with 107 rushing yards and a touchdown. Silas Nacita followed closely with 104 and two touchdowns. Shock Linwood and Russell also added rushing touchdowns for Baylor. Bryce Petty will start in the Bears final tune-up this Friday at Buffalo before starting their conference play.
#20 Kansas State (2-0, 1-0) Iowa State (0-2, 0-1) 32-28 Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
It took an 80-yard final drive, including 51 yards rushing and 23 yards passing from Jake Waters, for Kansas State to win their opening conference game at Iowa State. The Wildcats started well scoring the first 13 points of the game. Iowa State responded with four straight touchdowns to take a 28-13 lead with 1:36 left before halftime. Jarvis West caught, returned a punt, and threw for his three touchdowns during the 28-0 run. Kansas State stopped the bleeding and drove 84 yards in a little over a minute to trim Iowa State’s lead to 28-20 at halftime. Both teams struggled offensively in the second half, until the Wildcats found the end zone on a Charles Jones 4-yard run. Iowa State held the Wildcats on the two-point conversion, however, and maintained a 28-26 lead with just over eight minutes left in the game.
Kansas State pulled the comeback off as Waters scampered in from eight yards out to go up 32-28. Another failed two-point conversion would not come back to hurt Kansas State as Iowa State left their fans feeling as deflated as a week earlier when they lost to FCS team North Dakota State. Waters finished with 239 yards passing, 138 yards rushing, and two touchdowns on the ground. Jones added two rushing touchdowns along with 75 yards rushing for the Wildcats. Sam B. Richardson threw for 185 yards for the Cyclones with one touchdown. No one rushed for over 40 yards for Iowa State, but DeVondrick Nealy ran for a touchdown. Iowa State will travel to play Iowa (2-0, 0-0) for the Cy-Hawk Trophy. Kansas State will have a bye week before welcoming the defending SEC-champion Auburn Tigers to town.
Texas (1-1, 0-0) BYU (2-0, 0-0) 7-41 Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
It was a nightmare of a game for Charlie Strong and Longhorn fans everywhere. Texas averaged only 5.7 yards per pass, and 2.3 yards per rush as BYU cruised to victory. The Cougars scored 34 straight points to start the game before Tyrone Swoopes connected with John Harris for a 13 yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter. Swoopes finished 20 of 31 with 176 yards and a touchdown. Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown failed to get anything going on the ground. Each rushed 14 times, Gray with a little more success gaining 47 yards while Brown only managed 28 yards. Harris led Texas with 77 yards receiving on eight catches, including the only touchdown of the game for Texas. Turnovers added to the pain as the Longhorns lost three fumbles and threw an interception. The Longhorns are ranked over 100 in passing yards per game, rushing yards per game, and points scored per game. The road does not get any easier for Texas as they take on #12 UCLA (2-0, 0-0) in Arlington this Saturday.
Texas Tech (2-0, 0-0) UTEP (1-1, 0-0) 30-26 Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
It took a late 75-yard drive capped off by a nine-yard touchdown pass from Davis Webb to Bradley Marquez for Texas Tech to avoid disaster against UTEP. It was a back and forth game all the way down to the wire with five lead changes. Webb played well for the Red Raiders throwing for three touchdowns and 278 yards with no interceptions. Texas Tech ran the ball with success gaining 226 yards on only 28 carries, an average of 8.1 yards per carry. John Stockton led the Red Raiders with 135 yards and the lone rushing touchdown. Marquez had three receptions, all for touchdowns, but Jakeem Grant led the team with 150 yards receiving. UTEP was able to move the ball effectively on the ground. 277 of their 393 yards came on the ground. The Red Raiders defense looked tired, and with good reason as UTEP had possession of the football for 39 minutes. It was a scare for the Red Raiders, but they will have plenty to look at and improve on this week in practice before facing another heavy-rushing team in Arkansas (1-1, 0-1).
West Virginia (1-1, 0-0) Towson (0-2, 0-0) 54-0 Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV
It was quite the performance by the West Virginia offense totaling 606 total yards of offense in their rout of Towson. Clint Trickett completed 35 of his 40 passes including two for touchdowns. He threw for 348 yards and added 14 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Rushel Shell and Andrew Blue led the way on the ground for the Mountaineers gaining over 70 yards and running in a touchdown each. Wendell Smallwood and William Crest Jr. also rushed in a touchdown for West Virginia. Kevin White led the team with 101 yards receiving, but five players had over 40 yards and 11 players had at least one catch. Jordan Thompson and Mario Alford were the two Mountaineers on the receiving end of Trickett’s touchdown passes. As good as the offense was, the defense deserves credit as well. They held Towson to 122 yards of total offense, allowing 3.3 yards per pass and only 1.4 yards per run. West Virginia showed last week they could hang with the big boys when they kept it close with Alabama, and now they have shown they can take care of the games they should. This weekend West Virginia will have to go on the road to take on a solid Maryland team before opening up conference play against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma St. (1-1, 0-0) Missouri St. (1-1, 0-0) 40-23 Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Oklahoma State took care of business Saturday winning comfortably against Missouri State. It was not the blowout people might have expected after a close game against defending national champion Florida State, but the Cowboys held the lead the entire game and cruised to a 40-23 victory. Backup quarterback Daxx Garman passed for 244 yards and two touchdowns after replacing J.W. Walsh who left the game with a foot injury. The extent of the injury is unknown and there is no timetable for his return. Oklahoma State was led by Tyreek Hill who had 62 yards rushing, but Rennie Childs was the one who punched in two touchdowns, each from two yards out. Brandon Sheperd had a game with 131 yards receiving including an 87 yard touchdown catch. Jhajuan Seales added 54 yards and a touchdown reception as well. Oklahoma State will have their final tune-up game against UTSA (1-1, 0-0) this Saturday before they open conference play against Texas Tech next week.
Kansas (1-0, 0-0) SE Missouri St. (1-1, 0-0) 34-28 Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS
Kansas came out firing on all cylinders in the first half outscoring Southeast Missouri State 24-0. The Jayhawks extended their halftime lead to 34-7 by the end of the third quarter, but the Redhawks were not going away quietly. Kansas was outscored by Southeast Missouri State 21-0 in the fourth, but managed to avoid the major upset. Montell Cozart threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns, two to Nick Harwell. Tony Pierson led the Jayhawks with 95 yards receiving and also had a touchdown reception. De’Andre Mann ran for 121 yards while Corey Avery added 91 and a rushing touchdown. The Jayhawks survived their opening game scare, but will have to figure out how to put a full game together if they expect to compete at Duke (2-0, 0-0) this weekend.
Bye: TCU (1-0, 0-0) Plays Minnesota on Saturday.
The action will be heating up in the Big-12 Conference this week. How do you think it will shake out?