Big 12 Conference News and Notes
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BAYLOR: The 17th-ranked Bears had the weekend off after improving to 3-0 with last week's 70-7 rout of ULM. They'll put the nation's top-ranked scoring (69.7) and total offense (751.3) to the test against visiting West Virginia this Saturday.
IOWA STATE: The Cyclones were in action last Thursday night at Tulsa, and they notched a 38-21 victory for their first win of the season. It also marked the road opener for Iowa State after the team dropped two straight at home to kick off the campaign. Sam B. Richardson threw for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Richardson went 26-of-42 with an interception as Iowa State (1-2) was able to redeem itself from a 31-17 loss to Tulsa (1-3) in the Liberty Bowl a season ago. The Cyclones improved to 3-1 all-time against Tulsa. Aaron Wimberly rushed for 137 yards on 19 carries, while Jeff Woody had six carries and scored on three of them. E.J. Bibbs and Jarvis West each hauled in touchdown receptions. The defense came away with a pair of first-half fumble recoveries as well as a late interception to seal the outcome. ISU takes on Texas in its Big 12 opener this Thursday night.
KANSAS: The Jayhawks were idle this past weekend. Off to a 2-1 start, they'll host Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon to begin their conference schedule.
KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats had an open date this weekend after splitting their first four contests of the season. They'll resume action at Oklahoma State this Saturday.
OKLAHOMA: The 11th-ranked Sooners withstood their first major test of the season as they improved to 4-0 with Saturday's 35-21 triumph at Notre Dame, which entered the game ranked No. 22 in the AP poll. Blake Bell threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, while the Sooners' stout defense picked off Notre Dame's Tommy Rees three times in the victory. The Sooners (4-0) smothered Rees from the start, intercepting back-to-back passes from the Notre Dame signal caller to help create a 14-0 cushion less than three minutes into the game. OU linebacker Corey Nelson returned the first pick 24 yards for a score before Frank Shannon intercepted Rees' next throw, setting up an 11-yard touchdown run from Damien Williams, who finished with 42 rushing yards on nine carries. Bell, making his first career road start, helped the early lead stand, completing 22-of-30 passes while rushing 12 times for 59 yards for Oklahoma, which has won nine straight regular-season games since last year's 30-13 home loss to then-No. 5 Notre Dame. Next up for OU is a home date with TCU on Saturday.
OKLAHOMA STATE: Coming out of their bye week, the Cowboys did not play like the team that had won all three of its previous games handily. Instead, they came out flat on the road against West Virginia and dropped from No. 11 to No. 21 in the latest AP poll after suffering a 30-21 defeat. The defense allowed Clint Trickett, the third quarterback to start for WVU this season, to throw for 309 yards on 50 attempts. J.W. Walsh completed 20-of-47 passes for 322 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Cowboys (3-1, 0-1), who had won their first three games by an average of 31.6 points. Walsh also carried the ball 16 times for 52 yards. Josh Stewart caught seven passes for 127 yards and a score for Oklahoma State, which saw Tracy Moore catch five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Stewart took a screen pass 73 yards for a touchdown on OSU's second possession of the game. However, the offense was largely bottled up the rest of the way, and the Cowboys went on to commit 10 penalties for a loss of 96 yards. They'll try to rebound at home against Kansas State this Saturday.
TCU: The Horned Frogs looked sharp coming off a bye, as they dismantled SMU by a 48-17 margin in their final non-conference tune up. Trevone Boykin threw for two touchdowns as TCU captured the Iron Skillet for the second straight year. Boykin went 15-of-26 for 228 yards and the two scores for TCU (2-2). Ty Slanina caught three passes for 63 yards and a score while Waymon James rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Defensively, TCU notched four interceptions and seven sacks of Mustangs' quarterback Garrett Gilbert, and that was a key factor in the outcome. Safety Sam Carter was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his role. Carter totaled five tackles, including 1 1/2 for loss with a sack. He also forced a fumble and had two interceptions, including one returned 66 yards for a touchdown. The Horned Frogs were able to win despite going just 2-of-12 on third down. TCU travels to Oklahoma this week.
TEXAS: The Longhorns were idle over the weekend. Off to a rough 2-2 start, they'll visit Iowa State on Thursday night.
TEXAS TECH: The 20th-ranked Red Raiders got the week off. They'll try to improve to 5-0 on Saturday when they play the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence.
WEST VIRGINIA: Josh Lambert made two of his three field goals in the final four minutes to help the West Virginia Mountaineers take down the 11th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, 30-21, on Saturday. Clint Trickett, the third quarterback to start for West Virginia this season, connected on 24-of-50 passes for 309 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He transferred to West Virginia after spending two seasons backing up EJ Manuel at Florida State. Charles Sims carried the ball 18 times for 60 yards and a score for the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 37-0 loss to Maryland the week prior. Sims also caught five passes for 82 yards. Defensively, Ishmael Banks scored on a 58-yard interception return early in the contest to tie the score at 7-7 after OSU had scored a 73-yard TD on its second play from scrimmage. The Mountaineers are back at it this Saturday at Baylor as they'll try to slow down the nation's top-ranked offense.
09/30 11:09:40 ET