Big 12 Wire: Baylor, West Virginia survive to stay unbeaten

Hallie Hart & Cameron Jourdan

Sports Bloggers

@theozoneonline

Baylor

After slipping by Oklahoma State in its Big 12 opener, Baylor, as well as West Virginia, are the only unbeaten teams left in the Big 12. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)

After slipping by Oklahoma State in its Big 12 opener, Baylor, as well as West Virginia, are the only unbeaten teams left in the Big 12.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

The Bears won their first Big 12 game of the season Saturday when they defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys 35-24 in Waco, Texas.

Less than two minutes into the game, Baylor’s Terence Williams found a path to the end zone for the first touchdown of the night. After a lightning delay of 90 minutes, Connor Martin kicked the point after touchdown and the Bears were back in action.

Turnovers made a huge difference in the outcome of this matchup. While the No. 13 Bears had two turnovers, the Cowboys finished with four.

Baylor receiver Ishamel Zamora tallied eight catches on the night. Zamora had been suspended for the first three games of the season after it was revealed through a video that he abused a dog.

Although the Bears have faced their share of controversy, they’re currently the only Big 12 team with a 4-0 record.

Baylor will face the Iowa State Cyclones at 11 a.m. on Saturday on the road.

 

Iowa State

Jacob Park threw for 165 yards and three touchdowns, and Iowa State thumped San Jose State 44-10, giving coach Matt Campbell his first win with the Cyclones.

Joel Lanning went 5-of-8, passing for 136 yards and two touchdowns as the two quarterbacks rotated on a planned schedule.

Mike Warren rushed for a season-high 103 yards. Warren also had three receptions for 68 yards. Receiver Allen Lazard caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Iowa State (1-3) hosts Baylor, its third opponent to be ranked at some point this season, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Kansas

Kansas (1-2) had a bye week to prepare for Patrick Mahomes and the Red Raiders as it travels to Lubbock on Saturday.

Kansas State

Jesse Ertz threw two touchdown passes, Winston Dimel added two touchdown runs and the Wildcats beat Missouri State 35-0 in a game called at halftime as lightning lit up the skies around Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Ertz also ran for 85 yards on three carries.

While rain already lashed the area and more lightning on the way, the Wildcats made quick work of the overmatched Bears, jumping out to an early 14-0 lead. They added three more touchdowns in the second quarter, which made it an easy choice to call the game complete after just a half.

The Wildcats once again dominated on defense. K-State hasn’t allowed an opponent to gain more than 300 yards in its first three games.

K-State (2-1) opens Big 12 play by traveling to Morgantown to play the Mountaineers at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The Mountaineers have yet to defeat the Wildcats since joining the conference in 2012.

 

Oklahoma

The Sooners (1-2) had a bye week and will face TCU in Fort Worth on Saturday. OU dropped out of the AP Top 25 poll during its bye week for the first time since 2012.

 

TCU

The Horned Frogs finished nonconference play with a 33-3 victory on Friday against the Southern Methodist University Mustangs.

TCU receiver KaVontae Turpin was out after an injury he suffered during last week’s matchup against Iowa State, but receivers Taj Williams and John Diarse kept the offense strong. A key play for Diarse occurred in the third quarter when he caught a pass from quarterback Kenny Hill and darted into the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown.

The Mustangs scored first with a first-quarter field goal. Neither team scored a touchdown in the first half but No. 21 TCU picked up the pace after halftime.

Hill delivered two touchdown passes in the third quarter and finished the game with 452 passing yards. Junior Trevorris Johnson ran for a 14-yard touchdown to seal the win for the Horned Frogs.

TCU plays a conference game against the Oklahoma Sooners at 4 p.m. on Saturday at home.

 

Texas

After a tough loss to Cal last weekend, the Longhorns (2-1) had a bye week. No. 22 Texas starts Big 12 play at Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.

 

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders (2-1) had a bye after defeating Louisiana Tech last week. Texas Tech’s first conference game of the season is against the Kansas Jayhawks at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at home.

 

West Virginia

Skyler Howard threw for 332 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and Rasul Douglas returned an interception 54 yards for a score as West Virginia beat BYU 35-32 Saturday before heading into Big 12 play.

The Mountaineers had a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter, but BYU quarterback Taysom Hill and the Cougars rallied. Maurice Fleming ended the Cougars’ last threat with an interception near the Mountaineers’ goal line and WVU hung on.

The season started with some uncertainty as to what the future holds at WVU for coach Dana Holgorsen. A perfect start is a nice way to turn down the heat and in what’s looking like a wide-open Big 12, the Mountaineers are good enough offensively to at least be in the mix of contenders.

The Mountaineers (3-0) start Big 12 play by hosting Kansas State on Saturday.

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