Big 12 Conference News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - BAYLOR - The Bears stood little chance in their home finale this weekend and came out on the losing end of a 47-14 drubbing at the hands of the mighty Texas Longhorns. Baylor has now allowed 40 or more points to Texas in 10 of the last 11 series meetings. Baylor, which has won just one Big 12 game this season, fell to 4-6 overall this season. Facing one of the best defenses in the nation, the Bears managed a mere 246 yards of total offense, including a meager six yards rushing. Quarterback Nick Florence struggled as expected, completing 28-of-45 pass attempts, for 240 yards, with one TD and three interceptions. Linebacker Joe Pawelek started his 43rd consecutive game, the longest streak by a Bear since Maurice Lane (45-game streak from 2002 to 2005). The Bears will stay in the Lonestar State the rest of the season, closing out with games in College Station against Texas A&M this weekend and a showdown with Texas Tech in Arlington on November 28th.
COLORADO - With a 17-10 loss to Iowa State this past weekend, Colorado's thin hopes of postseason eligibility came to a close. Assured of a fourth losing season under fourth-year coach Dan Hawkins (16-31 overall), Colorado is unlikely to add any wins to the ledger before the season comes to a close, taking on nationally-ranked foes in Oklahoma State and Nebraska to close out the 2009 campaign. Positive notes from the loss to the Cyclones include the performances by WRs Scotty McKnight and Markques Simas. The pair both eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the game, marking the second time that Colorado has had two receivers go over 100 yards in a game this season. Simas has had back-to- back games over 100 yards, the first time that has happened for a Colorado pass catcher in a decade (Javon Green in 1999.
IOWA STATE - The Cyclone defense forced three second-half turnovers and Iowa State prevailed 17-10 over Colorado, moving to 6-5 on the year (3-4 in- conference) and becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2005. Cyclone tailback Alexander Robinson continued his hard running, rushing for 138 yards. It marked his fifth 100-yard effort of the season. and gives him a total of 1,002 yards for the year, joining a group of just 12 Cyclones who have achieved 1,000-yard rushing campaigns. The Cyclones will close out the regular season this weekend in Columbia against Missouri.
KANSAS - It has been a tale of two seasons for the Jayhawks. After winning their first five games of the 2009 season, the Jayhawks have now matched that with five consecutive losses, capped off by a 31-17 setback to Nebraska this past weekend. Senior QB Todd Reesing completed just 19-of-41 passes, for 236 yards and one TD. Kerry Meier caught 10 balls for 127 yards, while Dezmon Briscoe added four catches, for 77 yards and one score. Briscoe (2,897) moved into sole possession of eighth place on the Big 12 career receiving list. He passed Jordy Nelson (2,822) of Kansas State, Jarrett Hicks (2,859) of Texas Tech and Juaquin Iglesias (2,861) of Oklahoma this week. The Kansas/Nebraska series is the nation�s longest uninterrupted series with 104 consecutive games played dating back to 1906. The Jayhawks will have their hands full in trying to add to their current win total, as they travel to Austin this week for a showdown with the Texas Longhorns, followed by the regular-season finale in Kansas City against Missouri on November 28th.
KANSAS STATE - The Wildcats cold not match score for score with the Missouri Tigers this past weekend and the result was a 38-12 setback in Manhattan. The loss dropped KSU to 6-5 on the season and 4-3 in Big 12 play. Despite the loss, the Wildcats remain in the hunt for the Big 12's North title. Nebraska currently sits atop the division with a 4-2 league mark, but the Wildcats have a showdown with the Cornhuskers in Lincoln this weekend. In the loss to Missouri, tailback Daniel Thomas rushed for 79 yards, upping his season total to 1,166 yards, ranking eighth in school history. His season ranks as the second-most rushing yards by a junior in school history (Darren Sproles - 1,986 yards in 2003).
MISSOURI - Danario Alexander was unstoppable for the second straight games, hauling in 10 balls, for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Missouri's 38-12 pasting of Kansas State this past weekend. Over a two-game span, Alexander has now put up 414 receiving yards. Missouri finally scored a touchdown in the second half against a conference opponent, with Alexander's 80-yard TD reception in the third quarter. The win made Missouri bowl-eligible for a school-record fifth straight year. That breaks the previous record of four straight (1978-81). Missouri's current string started after the 2005 regular season with its second Independence Bowl appearance in three years, and the Tigers have subsequently appeared in the Sun, Cotton and Alamo Bowls. The Tigers will play host to Iowa State this week before closing out the regular season in Kansas City against Kansas on November 28th.
NEBRASKA - To win the Big 12, a team must learn how to excel on the road. The Cornhuskers have learned that lesson this season, as a 31-17 victory in Lawrence against Kansas this past weekend represents the third Big 12 road win of the season for Nebraska, which moved to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in-conference, leading the Big 12 North Division by a half game over Kansas State. Playmakers Niles Paul and Roy Helu Jr. did just that against the Jayhawks, as Paul finished with four catches, for a career-high 154 yards, while Helu rushed 28 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns. The Huskers used a balanced attack, rushing for 214 yards on 42 carries, while Zac Lee completed 13-of-21 passes for 196 yards, giving the Huskers 410 yards of total offense. The Cornhuskers play host to Kansas State this weekend in what should decide the North Division race. The team then closes out the regular season in Boulder against Colorado, with a spot hopefully in the December 5th Big 12 Championship Game following that.
OKLAHOMA - Coming off a week in which he threw a ridiculous five interceptions, freshman signal-caller Landry Jones responded with five TD passes, leading the Sooners to a 65-10 rout of Texas A&M. Jones passed for a career-high 392 yards in the victory, which secured Oklahoma its bowl eligibility (6-4). The team also extended the nation's longest current home win streak to 29 games. The 65 yards and 640 yards of total offense were season-highs for the Sooners. Tailback DeMarco Murray had 80 yards rushing in the game, but made much more of an impact coming out of the backfield, with five receptions, for 143 yards and two TDs. Murray tied a school record for receiving yards by a running back with 143 (Virgil Doyle in 1962). Defensive end Jeremy Beal continued his assault on opposing QBs, recording 1.5 sacks in the win. He now has 11 sacks on the year, the fourth best single-season mark in school history. The Sooners, who have won three of their last four games, will travel to Lubbock this weekend for a showdown with Texas Tech, before closing out the following weekend at home against Oklahoma State.
OKLAHOMA STATE - The Cowboys held off Texas Tech this past week and prevailed over the Red Raiders 24-17, keeping the team's slim chances of a Big 12 championship alive. Oklahoma State, which is 8-2 on the year, including a 5-1 mark in Big 12 play, trails undefeated Texas in the Big 12 South. OSU used a devastating ground game, rumbling for 243 yards, led by QB Zac Robinson (99 yards). The team actually gained most of that yardage after the half, amassing 207 rushing yards over the final two quarters. The Cowboys dominated time of possession in the third quarter, holding an advantage of 12:08 to 2:52 over the Red Raiders in the third quarter. The Cowboys will play host to Colorado this weekend before closing out the regular season in Norman against Oklahoma on November 28th.
TEXAS - The Longhorns continued their quest for the Big 12 championship with last weekend's 47-14 rout of Baylor. In the process, All-American Colt McCoy tied the NCAA record for career victories by a starting quarterback at 42. This one was rather easy for McCoy, who completed 23-of-34 passes, for 181 yards and two TDs. Both TDs were caught by All-American candidate Jordan Shipley, who hauled in six balls total, for 46 yards. Texas, which moved to 10-0 on the season, extended its streak of 10-win seasons to nine straight, which marks the second longest such streak in NCAA history, trailing only Florida State (14 straight from 1987-2000. The Longhorns will attempt to close out a flawless regular season over the next two weeks, playing host to Kansas this weekend before ending the year with a showdown with Texas A&M in College Station on November 26th.
TEXAS A&M - The Aggies were overwhelmed in Norman this past weekend, as they suffered an embarrassing 65-10 whipping at the hands of the Sooners. Texas A&M managed a mere 226 yards of total offense, while allowing a disturbing 640 to the hometown team. No one really stood out on the offensive side of the ball for the Aggies, with the exception of perhaps Jeff Fuller, who led the team with five receptions, for 60 yards and a TD. Junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson surpassed a trio of single season school records in the loss, now owning the records for completions (222), attempts (381) and passing touchdowns (22). He now needs three more yards of total offense to become the third Aggie to reach the 3,000-yard level in a single season. At 5-5 overall, the Aggies still need one more victory to ensure postseason eligibility. The team closes things out with a pair of home dates against Baylor this week and Texas on November 26th.
TEXAS TECH - The Red Raiders racked up 307 passing yards, but were unable to get back Oklahoma State this past weekend, falling to the Cowboys, 24-17. The loss dropped Tech to 6-4 overall and an even 3-3 in Big 12 play. Quarterbacks Taylor Potts (190 yards and one TD) and Steven Sheffield (117 yards, one TD) shared time under center and neither really distinguished himself, combining for three INTs. The Red Raiders are a perfect 3-0 against members of the Big 12 North this season, while they are winless against the Big 12 South (0-3). The Red Raiders will play host to the Oklahoma Sooners this weekend, before closing out the regular season on November 28th against Baylor in Arlington.
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