Big 12 Wire: Baylor stays unbeaten, Iowa State still winless

Hallie Hart & Cameron Jourdan

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@theozoneonline

Baylor is in front of its Big 12 opponents as one of only two unbeaten teams left in the conference. (O'Colly File Photo)
Baylor is in front of its Big 12 opponents as one of only two unbeaten teams left in the conference.
(O’Colly File Photo)

Baylor

Friday evening, the Bears continued their nonconference winning streak with a 38-10 victory against Rice on the road.

After a scoreless first quarter for both teams, and a shaky start for Baylor (3-0), Rice landed on the scoreboard first with a second-quarter field goal. Moments later, Bears running back JaMycal Hasty responded, bolting into the end zone for a touchdown to gain the lead.

Quarterback Seth Russell tallied 337 passing yards and delivered three touchdown passes. Baylor receiver KD Cannon scored two touchdowns, including the final one of the game. Although the Owls lost, they managed to take a jab at the Bears with their halftime presentation. Rice’s band marched in the shape of the Roman numeral ‘IX,’ alluding to Baylor’s alleged botched handling of sexual misconduct guidelines.

The Bears begin Big 12 Conference play when they face the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday in Waco, Texas.

Iowa State

Iowa State will be the last Big 12 team to tally a win. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)
Iowa State will be the last Big 12 team to tally a win.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

The Horned Frogs quickly rebounded from a loss that knocked them out of the Top 25 last week, beating Iowa State 41-20 on Saturday in the first game that counted in the Big 12 standings.

ISU, with first-year coach Matt Campbell, is 0-3 for the first time since 1997.The Cyclones are still working to figure out their quarterback situation. As expected, junior Joel Lanning and former Georgia transfer Jacob Park both played. Lanning had two scoring runs, including an impressive 8-yard touchdown run.

The Cyclones host San Jose State in another 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday.

Kansas

Every time Kansas seemed to have any momentum against Memphis, it gave the ball away. Six times, as a matter of fact.

The Tigers didn’t hesitate to seize their opportunities. Memphis dominated the game defensively, grabbed an early lead and coasted to a 43-7 win against Kansas (1-2) on Saturday, sending the Jayhawks to their 39th consecutive road loss.

The Jayhawks struggled offensively throughout, though they managed 314 yards of offense. Any momentum was thwarted by the Jayhawks’ four fumbles and two interceptions in the game.

Kansas has a bye week before traveling to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech in its Big 12 opener.

Kansas State

Kansas State dominated in its home opener Saturday, beating Florida Atlantic 63-7. Even after winning their first game on the season, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder wasn’t happy with his team’s 13 penalties for 131 yards. Eliminate the penalties and the Wildcats were quite dominant.

Winston Dimel ran for four first-half touchdowns on five carries, Jesse Ertz threw for another score and Dominique Heath returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown as K-State (1-1) put up its most points since 2009.

K-State was 8-for-8 in the red zone, continuing its perfect streak going back nine games.

The Wildcats host Missouri State at 6:10 p.m. Saturday.

Oklahoma

Ohio State receiver Noah Brown’s circus catch summed up the Buckeyes’ 45-24 victory against Oklahoma.

Even when the Sooners (1-2) were in the right place, things went the Buckeyes’ way. Brown caught a pass one-handed and pinned to the defenders back while falling out of bounds.

Oklahoma, which lost its season opener to Houston, was in desperate need of a big win to keep its hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff alive. Instead, a school-record home crowd of 87,979 watched the Sooners get dominated for most of the night.

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns but also threw two interceptions.

The Sooners have a bye week before playing at TCU on Oct. 1.

TCU

The Horned Frogs kicked off Big 12 play with a 41-20 victory against the Iowa State Cyclones.

After struggling last week against Arkansas, TCU’s defense found a rhythm and recorded five sacks. Running back Kyle Hicks ran for 64 yards to score the Horned Frogs’ first touchdown of the game. Hicks led the Horned Frogs in rushing yards for the night with 117 yards.

Unfortunately for the Horned Frogs (2-1), wide receiver KaVontae Turpin suffered an injury to his left leg after he was tackled in the third quarter. The length of Turpin’s abscense is unknown, but the Horned Frogs will have to make some adjustments without a key player.

TCU returns to nonconference play at 7 p.m. on Friday against the SMU Mustangs.

Texas

After a strong beginning to the season, the Longhorns lost their undefeated nonconference record wth a 50-43 loss to the California Bears.

The game concluded in a way that was disputable to many. In the fourth quarter, Cal running back Vic Enwere sprinted 55 yards down the field for what was initially ruled as a touchdown. However, after the play was reviewed, officials determined that Enwere let go of the ball at the 1-yard line. The touchdown was overturned. A Texas player had picked up the ball but because no one had “immediately” recovered it, Cal maintained possession until time was up.

The game was close from the beginning. Cal scored first but the Longhorns led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter and continued to lead until Cal’s Chad Hansen scored a touchdown toward the end of the second half. In the fourth quarter, Trent Domingue kicked a field goal for the Longhorns to tie the game, but Hansen scored again for Cal. After the overruling of Enwere’s touchdown, Texas (2-1) didn’t have another chance to score.

Next week, the Longhorns have a bye. Texas will prepare for conference play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Oct. 1 at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Texas Tech

The combination of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and receiver Jonathan Giles led the Red Raiders to a 59-45 win against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The Bulldog defense was no match for the hot Red Raider offense.

Mahomes had five touchdown passes and ran the ball for another score. Giles snatched three of those touchdown passes. Two of Giles’ scores occurred in the first quarter, including a 64-yard diving catch. In the second quarter, Giles scored on a skillfully executed double-reverse play. Running back Demarcus Felton contributed, scoring the Red Raiders’ first touchdown and led the team in rushing with 123 yards.

The win against Louisiana Tech was a recovery after last week’s loss to Arizona State. Next, the Red Raiders (2-1) will likely travel a smooth road to victory against the Kansas Jayhawks at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Lubbock, Texas.

West Virginia

West Virginia (2-0) had a bye week. They will play BYU for the first time in program history on Sept. 24 in Landover, Maryland.

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