Big 12 Wire: Baylor survives upset scare

Hallie Hart & Cameron Jourdan

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Baylor

Baylor survived a scare against Iowa State on Saturday to stay unbeaten. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)
Baylor survived a scare against Iowa State on Saturday to stay unbeaten.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

The No. 13 Bears slipped by the Iowa State Cyclones 45-42 on Saturday in Ames.

While the Bears (5-0) maintain their undefeated record, the victory proved to be no simple feat. ISU shut out the typically high-scoring Bears in the first quarter until the 1:12 mark when Baylor running back Terence Williams scored a touchdown. The Cyclones led for nearly the entire game. It was Williams again in the fourth quarter who scored to tie the game 42-42.

As time expired, Chris Callahan kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Bears the win against the Cyclones.

It was a scare for the Bears to face a challenge from ISU, who held a 1-3 record prior to this matchup. Next up for Baylor is a bye week. The Bears then meet the Kansas Jayhawks on Oct. 15 in Waco, Texas.

 

Iowa State

Chris Callahan hit a 19-yard field goal as time expired and No. 13 Baylor rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Iowa State 45-42 in Ames, Iowa.

ISU quarterback Joel Lanning threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Mike Warren added a season-high 130 rushing yards for the Cyclones, who scored touchdowns on their first six possessions but were shut out the rest of the game.

ISU was the better team for three quarters. The Cyclones had 8 yards on six plays in the final 15 minutes.

Iowa State (1-4) travels to face Oklahoma State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

Kansas

Kansas couldn’t capitalize after Texas Tech lost quarterback Patrick Mahomes to an injury, as backup Nic Shimonek threw for four touchdowns and 271 yards to lead Texas Tech to a 55-19 victory in each team’s Big 12 opener.

Kansas’ loss was its 40th straight deficit in games away from Lawrence, Kansas.

The Jayhawks took some time to get going against a defense that was giving up 531 yards per game coming into the contest. They punted on their first six possessions and didn’t get a touchdown until late in the first half after quarterback Ryan Willis came in for starter Montell Cozart.

Kansas (1-3) plays host to TCU on Saturday.

 

Kansas State

Kansas State couldn’t hold a 13-point fourth quarter lead in its 17-16 loss to West Virginia for the first time since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in 2012.

K-State had a chance to win it but Matthew McCrane, who earlier made three field goals, missed a 43-yarder wide left with 2:03 left. WVU got the ball at its 26 and ran out the clock.

K-State was limited to 108 yards of offense in the second half.

The Wildcats entered the game with the nation’s top defense but gave up 422 yards to the Mountaineers.

K-State (2-2) hosts Texas Tech on Saturday.

 

Oklahoma

Quarterback Baker Mayfield made up for two lost fumbles with four touchdowns, running for two and throwing two to Dede Westbrook, and Oklahoma held on to win its Big 12 opener, 52-46 at No. 21 TCU.

After giving up 21 points in the first quarter for the first time in 20 years, the Sooners took the lead with 28 unanswered points in the second quarter. OU outscored TCU 42-3 over the second and third quarters, building a 25-point lead before TCU scored on three straight drives in the fourth quarter. The Sooners’ defense held late, escaping Fort Worth with a win.

The Sooners (2-2) will be about 40 miles east in Dallas for the annual Red River Rivalry against Texas at the Cotton Bowl at 11 a.m. Saturday.

TCU

The No. 21 Horned Frogs fell to the Oklahoma Sooners 52-46 Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill tallied 449 passing yards while OU quarterback Baker Mayfield had 274, but Mayfield also ran into the end zone for two Sooner touchdowns. The game was close until the second quarter when Mayfield found Dede Westbrook for two touchdowns, which resulted in a 35-21 lead for the Sooners. TCU never managed to catch up to OU after that.

TCU running back Kyle Hicks and wide receiver Taj Williams combined to score three touchdowns and led the Horned Frogs in rushing and receiving yards, respectively. However, TCU must improve defensively if it hopes to have a standout season.

The Horned Frogs will play the Kansas Jayhawks at 11 a.m. Saturday on the road.

 

Texas

Texas quarterback Shane Buechele and the Longhorns lost their Big 12 opener to Oklahoma State on Saturday. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)
Texas quarterback Shane Buechele and the Longhorns lost their Big 12 opener to Oklahoma State on Saturday.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

The No. 22 Longhorns recorded a 49-31 loss to Oklahoma State in their first conference game this season at Boone Pickens Stadium.

In the first quarter, after Longhorn running back D’Onta Foreman scored, Trent Domingue attempted to kick the PAT to even the score at 14, however, OSU defensive tackle Vincent Taylor blocked the kick and took off with the football. Taylor lateraled to teammate Tre Flowers, who reached the end zone to give the Cowboys two points.

Two other Longhorn PATs were deflected during the game, as well as one extra point attempt by OSU kicker Ben Grogan.

The loss was an unusual situation for the Longhorns since they had reigned victorious against the Cowboys for their last eight matchups in Stillwater. The Longhorns led at times during the second quarter but faced their share of obstacles. Texas quarterback Shane Buechele threw only one touchdown pass, and Texas running backs Chris Foreman III and D’Onta Foreman both sustained injuries.

The Longhorns look to improve their status in the Big 12 during a crucial upcoming game in the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma. Texas plays the Sooners at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Dallas.

 

Texas Tech

In the Red Raiders’ first Big 12 game of the season, Texas Tech defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 55-19 Thursday in Lubbock, Texas.

Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes delivered four touchdown passes. Mahomes left the game after his shoulder was injured and it was Nic Shimonek’s turn under center.

Shimonek proved himself with four touchdown passes and 271 passing yards.

Tech wide receiver Jonathan Giles continued to impress. Giles caught a touchdown pass from each quarterback to score both the first and last points of the game.

Although Mahomes could possibly be absent from the Red Raider lineup next week, the future could be bright with Shimonek. Tech will soon face opponents who are much tougher to play than KU, a team that’s only win so far is against Rhode Island.

The next matchup for the Red Raiders (3-1) is against the Kansas State Wildcats at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Wildcats’ Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

 

West Virginia

Skyler Howard threw a touchdown pass and West Virginia came from 13 points down in the second half to beat Kansas State 17-16 in both teams’ Big 12 opener.

Despite being held scoreless in the first half for the first time in three seasons, WVU improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2012. The Mountaineers broke a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats since joining the conference that year.

The Mountaineers left plenty of points off the board. Running back Rushel Shell fumbled the ball at the K-State 3 late in the third quarter, and Josh Lambert earlier missed a 30-yard field goal.

The Mountaineers (4-0) have a bye week before traveling to Lubbock to face Texas Tech on Oct. 15.

ozone@ocolly.com

 

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