Big 12 Wire: Baylor, West Virginia keep cruising

Hallie Hart & Cameron Jourdan

Sports Bloggers

@theozoneonline

 

No. 9 Baylor vs Kansas

Baylor remained unbeaten after handling Kansas on Saturday. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)
Baylor remained unbeaten after handling Kansas on Saturday.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

The Baylor Bears stormed past the Kansas Jayhawks (1-5, 0-3) in a 49-7 victory Saturday afternoon at McLane Stadium.

In the opening quarter, Baylor quarterback Seth Russell scored the first touchdown, and the Bears (6-0 overall, 3-0 Big 12) dominated the entire game. Baylor led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Kansas running back Khalil Herbert scored the only Jayhawk (1-5, 0-3) touchdown with 1:22 left in the third quarter.

Baylor cornerback Ryan Reid had two picks and took one into the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown. Russell led the Bears in both passing and rushing yards with 144 and 68 yards, respectively. Jayhawk quarterback Ryan Willis threw for a mere 89 yards. Kansas struggled to keep the ball and turned it over five times.

The Bears have a bye week before they face the Texas Longhorns on Oct. 29 on the road. The Jayhawks will meet the Oklahoma State Cowboys at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas.

 

Texas Tech vs No. 12 West Virginia

The West Virginia Mountaineers captured a 48-17 win against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday in Lubbock. It was a battle of former roommates – Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury lived in the same apartment in 2008 when they coached at the University of Houston.

West Virginia senior quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 318 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for two touchdowns to contribute to the Mountaineers’ (5-0, 2-0) victory. The game was tied 7-7 in the first quarter after Red Raider wide receiver Jonathan Giles caught Patrick Mahomes’ 44-yard throw. The Mountaineers then pulled ahead with kicker Mike Molina’s field goal and maintained the lead until the end.

WVU running back Rushel Shell led the Mountaineers in rushing yards with 104. Senior linebacker Sean Walters was a leader for the WVU defense with an interception in the second quarter. Mahomes was benched in the fourth quarter and backup Nic Shimonek entered the game for Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2).

The Red Raiders look to improve their record when they play the Oklahoma Sooners at 7 p.m. Saturday at home. The Mountaineers aim to stay undefeated after an encounter with the TCU Horned Frogs at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Morgantown.

 

Iowa State vs Texas

After a month of losing on the road, the Longhorns desperately needed something good to happen at home for the players and coach Charlie Strong.

They got it with a 27-6 win against Iowa State on Saturday night.

Texas quarterback Shane Buechele threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns as the Longhorns snapped a three-game losing streak. Running back D’Onta Foreman is pounding his way through the Longhorns record book. He ran for 136 yards and a touchdown. His seventh consecutive 100 yard games ranks second in school history, trailing only former Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, who has 11.

The win snapped a 14-game losing streak when Texas (3-3, 1-2) trailed at halftime.

The Texas defense, which had given up 45 points or more in four of its first five games the season, held ISU (1-6, 0-4) to six points and 280 yards of total offense. ISU’s offense averaged 39 points per game coming into the contest.

ISU held a 6-3 lead going into halftime but couldn’t find any rhythm on offense after halftime.

Cycolne running back Mike Warren rushed for 60 yards on 18 carries and wide receiver Allen Lazard caught seven passes for 65 yards.

ISU is on a bye next week before facing Kansas State in Ames, Iowa on Oct. 29. The Texas Longhorns travel to face the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, Kansas at 11 a.m. Saturday.

 

Kansas State vs No. 16 Oklahoma

Quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook proved to be a dynamic duo for the Sooners in Oklahoma’s 38-17 win against Kansas State on Saturday.

Mayfield completed 25-of-31 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns and Westbrook had nine receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

The Sooners (4-2, 3-0) won their third straight game after starting 1-2. When Mayfield hit Westbrook for an 88-yard touchdown – the longest pass play at home and fourth longest in OU history – in the fourth quarter, it was Westbrook’s eighth touchdown in the last three games, a new school record.

Running back Samaje Perine was sidelined with an injury in the first quarter but Joe Mixon rushed for 88 yards, caught three passes for 34 yards and became the first Sooners running back since Joe Washington in 1973 to throw for a touchdown pass.

K-State (3-3, 1-2) dealt with its own injury problems, as quarterback Jesse Ertz left in the first half with a shoulder injury. Ertz attempted to return in the second half but after one passing play, he pulled himself out. Ertz led the Wildcats in rushing with 40 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Backup quarterback Joe Hubener threw for 157 yards on 12-of-23 passing with a 54-yard touchdown to receiver Dominique Heath, who ended the game with seven receptions for 101 yards, both career-highs.

K-State entered the game with the Big 12’s top defense, allowing only 17.6 points and 310 yards per game, but Oklahoma scored 21 points less than five minutes into the second quarter and piled up 510 total yards.

K-State hosts the Texas Longhorns in Manhattan, Kansas at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Oklahoma Sooners travel to Lubbock, Texas to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7 p.m. Saturday.

 

TCU

After barely slipping past the Kansas Jayhawks last week, the Horned Frogs (4-2, 2-1) had a bye week. Next, TCU will attempt to conquer the West Virginia Mountaineers at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday on the road.

ozone@ocolly.com

 

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