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Big 12 Conference News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
BAYLOR: The Bears' video game-like offense continues to put up ridiculous numbers, as 15th-ranked Baylor steamrolled West Virginia over the weekend, 73-42. The 73 points set a school record. Through four games, the team averages 70.5 points and has scored 69 or more in every game. The unit leads the nation in total offense (779.5 ypg) and passing offense (432.3 ypg). Additionally, the BU defense tops the nation in the red zone (.455). Lache Seastrunk rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and Bryce Petty threw a pair of touchdowns and also rushed for one in Saturday's victory. Shock Linwood rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown, and Glasco Martin ran for 63 yards and two scores for Baylor (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), which finished with 476 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. All told, the Bears gained a school-record 872 yards in the game. The Bears visit Kansas State this Saturday.
IOWA STATE: The Cyclones gave up the deciding touchdown on a one-yard run with 51 seconds to play in last Thursday's 31-30 home loss to Texas. ISU kicker Cole Netten nailed a 29-yard field goal with 3:40 left to give the Cyclones a six-point cushion, but the Longhorns' Case McCoy orchestrated a 12-play, 75- yard march to set up the go-ahead score. The Cyclones were whistled for three penalties on the trek, including a pass interference call in the end zone on 3rd-and-7 that gave Texas a 1st-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Iowa State nearly answered the late field goal, as Sam B. Richardson guided the Cyclones into Texas territory, but with time winding down, Richardson's pass was batted at the line and landed in the arms of UT defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat to seal the outcome. Richardson tallied 262 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-26 passing, with Aaron Wimberly adding 117 rushing yards and a score on 29 carries for Iowa State (1-3, 0-1), which has lost 11 straight league openers dating back to 2003. The Cyclones are back at it again this Saturday at Texas Tech.
KANSAS: The Jayhawks were no match for 20th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday, as they fell at home, 54-16. KU dropped to 1-14 all-time in the head-to-head series with the Red Raiders. Jake Heaps completed 16-of-32 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1), who lost their Big 12 opener after going 0-9 in conference play last season. Tony Pierson caught six passes for 118 yards for Kansas. The Jayhawks got off to an encouraging start, as Ben Heeney came up with an interception on the fourth play from scrimmage, resulting in an eventual 36-yard field goal. The Jayhawks scored a touchdown on their next possession. Pierson's 25-yard grab on third down set up Jimmay Mundine's 25-yard TD catch. However, Tech would go on to score 54 unanswered points. The Jayhawks finished with only 273 yards of total offense, while they gave up 518 yards on the other side of the ball. KU travels to TCU on Saturday.
KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats put up a fight on the road against No. 21 Oklahoma State, but in the end they were dealt a 33-29 loss to fall to 0-2 in conference play. Daniel Sams connected on 15-of-21 passes for 181 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Kansas State (2-3, 0-2) signal caller also ran for 118 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats did manage to out- gain OSU (336-330) and even held a 29-23 lead with six minutes to go, but ultimately, they were done in by 12 penalties and five turnovers. After giving up a quick touchdown that put OSU on top, 30-29, Sams was intercepted on an under thrown ball, which was returned by the Cowboys' Shaun Lewis to the Wildcats' 17-yard line. Sams and company won't have time to dwell on their second consecutive loss, as Baylor brings its top-ranked offense to town this Saturday.
OKLAHOMA: They had to scratch and claw for it, but in the end the 12th-ranked Sooners walked away from Saturday's contest with a 20-17 home win over TCU. Oklahoma has won 10 straight Big 12 games, marking its third-longest streak since the league began back in 1996. Brennan Clay provided the knockout blow on a 76-yard touchdown run with 4:37 to play in regulation to give OU a 20-10 lead. TCU answered with a five-play touchdown drive, but the Sooners got the ball back and were able to run out the clock. Blake Bell was 20-of-31 passing for 152 yards and also picked up 52 yards on the ground. Trey Millard added a rushing touchdown in the win. The defense was the real key to the victory, as the unit opened by forcing seven straight three-and-outs and allowed only 10 first downs for the game. Oklahoma and Texas will play this Saturday in the annual Red River Rivalry in Dallas with first place in the conference on the line.
OKLAHOMA STATE: J.W. Walsh completed 24-of-38 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown to push the 21st-ranked Cowboys over the Kansas State Wildcats, 33-29, at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cowboys improved to 7-1 in games following a loss since 2010. Walsh led Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) on a 75-yard fourth-quarter drive that was capped off by a six-yard TD catch from Charlie Moore to put the Cowboys up 30-29. Ben Grogan kicked a 28-yard field goal with 2:24 left in the game to account for the final score. Daytawion Lowe sealed the victory when he intercepted a Daniel Sams pass at the OSU 21 in the closing minute. Walsh and Jeremy Smith each rushed for a touchdown in Oklahoma State's sixth straight home win. The Cowboys will now head into the second bye week on their schedule with a 4-1 record. On the other end of the break, they'll host TCU on Oct. 19.
TCU: The Horned Frogs put up a fight at 11th-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday, but they came up short and were sent home with a 20-17 loss. TCU picked up just 10 first downs and was 3-of-14 on third down and picked up only 10 first downs for the game. The Horned Frogs were held to just 210 total yards, including a mere 44 on the ground. They did not cross midfield in the first half and were held without even a single first down until the 8:34 mark of the third quarter. Still, they were only trailing by a 13-10 margin with just under five minutes to play in regulation when OU's Brennan Clay broke loose for a back- breaking 76-yard touchdown run. TCU answered with a five-play, 75-yard drive, capped by Trevone Boykin's eight-yard touchdown run. However, the Sooners picked up a couple of first downs on the ensuing possession and were able to run out the clock. TCU plays host to Kansas this Saturday.
TEXAS: Case McCoy surged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown with 51 seconds left in the game to lift the Texas Longhorns to a 31-30 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones last Thursday at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State kicker Cole Netten nailed a 29-yard field goal with 3:40 left to give the Cyclones a six-point cushion, but McCoy orchestrated a 12-play, 75-yard march to set up the go-ahead score. The Longhorns took advantage of three ISU penalties on the drive, including a pass interference call in the end zone on 3rd-and-7 that gave Texas a 1st-and-goal on the 2. McCoy, who was making his second start in place of injured starter David Ash (concussion), completed 26-of-45 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown. Johnathan Gray racked up 89 yards and a score on 16 carries for the Longhorns (3-2, 2-0 Big 12), who have won 10 of their 11 all- time meetings with the Cyclones. On Saturday, the school confirmed Ash will not play against 12th-ranked Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game.
TEXAS TECH: The 20th-ranked Red Raiders rolled past the Kansas Jayhawks by a 54-16 margin on Saturday, but lost starting quarterback Baker Mayfield in the process. Mayfield completed 33-of-51 passes for 368 yards and an interception before suffering an apparent right knee injury at the end of the third quarter. Davis Webb came on in relief and connected on 3-of-6 passes for 36 yards and two touchdowns. Kenny Williams carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards and a score for the Red Raiders (5-0, 2-0 Big 12), who are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2008. DeAndre Washington rushed for 16 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Eric Ward caught seven passes for 122 yards and a score for Texas Tech, which improved to 14-1 all-time against Kansas. Jace Amaro hauled in nine balls for 96 yards. The Red Raiders have been dominant through the first five games of the Kliff Kingsbury era, winning all five of their games by double digits. They had 518 yards of total offense on Saturday, compared to just 273 for Kansas. Texas Tech will host Iowa State this weekend.
WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia was no match for the 15th-ranked Baylor Bears and their high-powered offense, as the Mountaineers were on the wrong end of a 73-42 final. The 73 points were a school record for Baylor, as were its 864 total yards. The Mountaineers defense was gashed for a staggering 38 first downs and gave up 476 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. WVU (3-3, 1-2) starting quarterback Clint Trickett completed just 9-of-28 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Paul Millard was 8-of-13 passing for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Charles Sims rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Mountaineers. The Bears needed just 40 seconds to get on the board with a 61-yard touchdown pass, and their next possession began a string of five straight touchdowns to make it 42-7. WVU will get a chance to regroup with this week's bye, and then Texas Tech comes to town on Oct. 19.
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