Big 12 Conference News and Notes
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BAYLOR: The 12th-ranked Bears moved to 5-0 with Saturday's 35-25 win at Kansas State, although for the first time this season they failed to score at least 69 points. Baylor extended its winning streak to nine games, dating back to last season. Bryce Petty was 13-of-22 for 342 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. As Petty noted after the game, a couple of drops, a couple of missed reads, and a fumble cost the offense. Tevin Reese caught the decisive score for Baylor as he was one of the two main targets for Petty. Reese caught five passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and Antwan Goodley made five grabs for 139 yards and a score. Glasco Martin also chipped in a touchdown while running the ball 16 times for 70 yards. Petty also had a rushing touchdown. Leading rusher Lache Seastrunk managed only 57 yards on 12 carries for Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12). He fell short of having nine straight games of 100 or more rushing yards. The Bears will host Iowa State this weekend.
IOWA STATE: The Cyclones were tripped up at No. 16 Texas Tech, 42-35, as all four of their losses this season have been by one-score margins. Sam B. Richardson completed 15-of-38 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown, but he was out-dueled by Texas Tech true freshman Davis Webb, who threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start. Defensively, the Cyclones also allowed Tech to run for 251 yards and three touchdowns as a team, averaging a robust 5.6 yards per tote. Most of the Cyclones' success came on the ground, as Aaron Wimberly, Shontrelle Johnson and Jeff Woody all notched rushing touchdowns in the loss. Iowa State went 4-for-4 in the red zone and is now a perfect 17-of-17 on the year with 13 touchdowns and four field goals, the top percentage in the nation. The Cyclones are back on the road this weekend for another tough test at 12th-ranked Baylor.
KANSAS: The Jayhawks dropped their second league contest in as many tries, as they fell on the road to TCU, 27-17. KU (2-3, 0-2) was paced by Jake Heaps, who was 13-of-26 passing with 152 yards, a touchdown and an interception. James Sims picked up 81 yards on 23 carries, while Andrew Turzilli led the way with 50 receiving yards on just one catch. Overall, the Jayhawks managed only seven first downs and 198 total yards on the day. They converted only 2-of-16 third downs and were simply unable to sustain any kind of momentum on offense. KU's defense forced five turnovers to set up each scoring drive for the offense, but TCU opened the second half with consecutive scoring drives to break open a tie game. Isaiah Johnson paced the defense with nine tackles (1.5 TFL) and an interception, while JaCorey Shepherd tallied seven tackles (1.5 TFL), a forced fumble, an interception and a sack. Kansas will host No. 18 Oklahoma this Saturday.
KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats gave 12th-ranked Baylor its toughest test of the season so far, but in the end they came up short in a 35-25 final. It was the first time this year Baylor was held below 69 points in a contest. Daniel Sams was 4-for-7 passing for 41 yards and one interception, but he picked up the majority of his yards with his legs. He had 30 carries for 199 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Sams' rushing total was the second-highest by a Wildcat quarterback in school history and the most since Ell Roberson had 228 yards against Nebraska in 2002. John Hubert ran 15 times for 90 yards for the Wildcats (2-4, 0-3), who also saw Jake Waters complete 6-of-15 passes for 77 yards. They led 25-21 in the third quarter, but a missed game-tying field goal in the fourth, and then a Sams' interception, ultimately sealed the outcome. A team that entered the 2013 campaign with quite a bit of promise, K-State is now winless in three Big 12 contests. The Wildcats get a bye this week.
OKLAHOMA: The Sooners suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday against Texas in the latest installment of the Red River Rivalry by a 36-20 final. As a result, OU dropped from No. 12 to No. 18 in this week's AP poll. It also snapped OU's three-game win streak in the annual series, as an unranked Texas team beat a ranked Oklahoma squad for the first time since 1992. The Longhorns got touchdowns from their defense and special teams, and the Sooners were simply unable to keep pace. Blake Bell struggled mightily in his first start against the Longhorns, throwing for just 133 yards on 12-of-26 passing with a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Damien Williams ran for a touchdown for Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1), which had a 10-game conference winning streak stopped. Defensively, the Sooners struggled to get off the field as they allowed UT to convert 13-of-20 third downs. They also allowed their first punt return for a score since Colorado's Jeremy Bloom turned the trick on Dec. 7, 2002. OU travels to Kansas this weekend.
OKLAHOMA STATE: The 21st-ranked Cowboys were idle this past weekend. At 4-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play, they'll host TCU on Saturday.
TCU: Thanks to a strong rushing attack led by B.J. Catalon, the Horned Frogs took down the Kansas Jayhawks, 27-17, in a Big 12 Conference showdown at Carter Stadium. Catalon finished with 91 yards and a touchdown for TCU (3-3, 1-2 Big 12), which bounced back from a loss at Oklahoma last weekend. Trevone Boykin threw for 173 yards with a touchdown and two picks on 14-of-22 passing. The signal caller was also strong on the ground with 71 yards and a score. David Porter was the top receiver on the day with 118 yards and a touchdown on four catches. TCU scored on the first play of the second half to break open a 10-10 tie, as Boykin found Porter for a 75-yard touchdown on a short screen. The Horned Frogs also scored on their next possession to go up by two touchdowns, and Kansas was never able to close the gap. The defense was stellar, limiting the Jayhawks to just seven first downs and 198 yards of total offense. Next up for TCU is a road bout with 21st-ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday.
TEXAS: Mack Brown and the Longhorns ended a three-game skid to Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry as they notched a 36-20 victory over the 12th-ranked Sooners. Brown got touchdowns from the offense, defense and special teams in the lopsided victory, giving Texas its first win against OU since a 16-13 triumph in 2009. Case McCoy completed 13-of-21 passes for 190 yards with a pair of long touchdowns and one interception for the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12), who have won three in a row -- all in conference play. Johnathan Gray ran for 123 yards and Malcolm Brown added 120, as the Longhorns racked up 255 yards on the ground and 445 yards overall. Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the first quarter and an 85-yard punt return by Daje Johnson helped stem any momentum Oklahoma might have had early in the third. Texas was 13-of-20 on third down, as an unranked Texas team beat a ranked Oklahoma squad for the first time since 1992. Texas will get a week off before traveling to TCU on Oct. 26.
TEXAS TECH: True freshman Davis Webb threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start to lead Texas Tech to a 42-35 win over Iowa State. With the victory, the Red Raiders jumped from No. 20 to No. 16 in the latest AP poll. Webb went 35-of-56 and showed no signs of having never started a college game. He started in place of another true freshman, Baker Mayfield, who injured his knee in the Red Raiders' win last week over Kansas. Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) had three backs rush for 80-plus yards and a touchdown apiece in a 251-yard team effort. SaDale Foster, who had the game-winning touchdown, had nine carries for 87 yards, DeAndre Washington turned 13 carries into 88 yards, and Kenny Williams had 17 carries for 80 yards. Texas Tech also had three receivers each score a touchdown. Eric Ward finished with seven catches for 61 yards, Bradley Marquez had six grabs for 50 yards and Jakeem Grant had five catches for 90 yards. Jace Amaro led the team with nine receptions and 143 yards. First-year coach Kliff Kingsbury became the first Texas Tech coach in school history to win his first six games. The Red Raiders are back at it this weekend at West Virginia.
WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) were idle this weekend. They'll host 16th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday.
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