Big 12 Wire: Unbeatens upset

Hallie Hart & Cameron Jourdan

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Kansas vs No. 16 Oklahoma

Oklahoma continues to roll through its conference schedule.

The Sooners (6-2 overall, 5-0 Big 12) dominated in all phases of the game, handling Kansas 56-3. OU had 538 yards of total offense and forced two Kansas turnovers. The win helped the Sooners become bowl eligible for the 18th straight season.

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield finished his night early in the third quarter, completing 16-of-24 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns. It was Mayfield’s third straight game with at least four touchdown passes, which is the longest streak in the nation. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook caught five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. It was Westbrook’s fifth straight game with 100 receiving yards. Running back Joe Mixon ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, including a 52-yard run early in the third quarter. Running back Abdul Adams ran for 91 yards on 13 carries. Adams had a 57-yard run late in the third quarter.

Sooners linebacker Jordan Evans intercepted a pass from Jayhawks quarterback Montell Cozart and returned it for a touchdown in the third quarter, putting the Sooners up 49-3, and essentially closing any chance of a comeback for KU (1-7, 0-5).

OU held KU to 5-of-18 on third downs after allowing Texas Tech to convert 20-of-25 last week.

Cozart completed 20-of-36 passes for 120 yards and two interceptions. Cozart ran for 13 yards on eight carries, and wide receiver Steve Sims Jr. caught five passes for 35 yards.

The Kansas Jayhawks travel to face the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday. The Oklahoma Sooners travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

 

Kansas State vs Iowa State

Kansas State held off a late Iowa State rally for a 31-26 win Saturday.

ISU (1-7, 0-5) pulled to within 17-10 early in the third quarter after recovering an onside kick to start the second half, but K-State (5-3, 3-2) answered with two long scoring drives to build its lead to 21. ISU wide receiver Deshaunte Jones caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 51 seconds left, but the Cyclones failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.

The Cyclones outscored K-State 16-0 in the fourth quarter.

K-State quarterback Jesse Ertz rushed for a career-high 106 yards on nine carries. Ertz completed 18-of-28 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats’ win was its ninth-straight over ISU.

Eight Wildcats carried the ball 43 times for 247 yards. Running backs Justin Silmon, Alex Barnes and Winston Dimel each had short rushing touchdowns.

The Wildcats need one more win to be bowl eligible.

ISU backup quarterback Jacob Park completed 19-of-35 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Park overthrew a wide open receiver in the end zone on fourth-and-1 at the K-State 1 with seven minutes left. The score would’ve pulled the Cyclones within a touchdown.

Quarterback Joel Lanning had 74 rushing yards on 10 carries, and running back Mike Warren had 34 yards on only six carries. The 2015 Big 12 Freshman of the Year has been unimpressive this season, rushing for 496 yards on 118 carries with three touchdowns.

Wide receiver Allen Lazard caught eight passes for a season-high 134 yards.

The Kansas State Wildcats play the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Manhattan, Kansas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Coach Bill Snyder needs two more wins to reach 200 for his career. The Iowa State Cyclones welcome the Oklahoma Sooners to Ames, Iowa at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Cyclones haven’t beat the Sooners in Ames since 1963.

 

No. 10 West Virginia vs Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State upset West Virginia on Saturday 37-20. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)

Oklahoma State upset West Virginia on Saturday 37-20.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

West Virginia is undefeated no more.

The Mountaineers (6-1, 3-1) lost 37-20 on the road to Oklahoma State. WVU struggled to gain any momentum offensively. Quarterback Skyler Howard threw two interceptions and fumbled once when he was sacked. The three turnovers resulted in 17 points for OSU.

Howard completed 24-of-39 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown. Wide receiver Daikiel Shorts Jr. caught eight passes for 82 yards. WVU’s leading rusher Rushel Shell left the game in the second quarter after an ankle injury and didn’t return. Shell finished with 38 yards on seven carries. Running back Justin Crawford had 87 yards on 10 carries.

WVU entered the game 10th in the nation in yards per game with 510, but finished with 421.

The West Virginia Mountaineers return home to host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.

 

 

No. 8 Baylor vs Texas

Texas handed Baylor its first loss of the season Saturday. (Kurt Steiss, O'Colly)

Texas handed Baylor its first loss of the season Saturday.
(Kurt Steiss, O’Colly)

The unranked Longhorns defied most expectations and crushed the Bears’ undefeated record with a 35-34 win Saturday in Austin.

Both teams were mostly powered by offense. Baylor quarterback Seth Russell threw for 226 yards, and Texas quarterback Shane Buechele had 291 passing yards. Together, the Bears and Longhorns (4-4, 2-3) tallied 1,172 yards.

In the fourth quarter, Baylor (6-1, 3-1) led Texas 34-26 after Bears kicker Chris Callahan made a 24-yard field goal. Buechele then delivered the ball to Andrew Beck, a freshman Texas tight end, for a touchdown. Although the Longhorns followed with an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt, they still trailed by only two points. With 46 seconds left, Texas kicker Trent Domingue kicked a 39-yard field goal to push the Longhorns ahead of the Bears.

This was a crucial victory for the Longhorns and coach Charlie Strong, who many had speculated would be fired due to the less-than-outstanding performance of the Longhorns prior to this game. Strong may still have a chance. The sea of celebratory Texas fans in Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium included actor Matthew McConaughey.

Next, the Longhorns travel to meet Texas Tech at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lubbock. The Bears hope to redeem themselves after this loss when they play TCU at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at home.

 

Texas Tech vs TCU

After two overtimes, the Red Raiders finally secured a 27-24 victory against the Horned Frogs Saturday in Fort Worth.

TCU kicker Brandon Hatfield missed a 39-yard field goal in the second overtime. Texas Tech kicker Clayton Hatfield then made the game-winning 37-yard field goal in the second overtime. Hatfield also kicked a 41-yard field goal to tie the score in the second quarter.

The Horned Frogs’ defense knew that Red Raider quarterback Patrick Mahomes had to be stopped. Mahomes was sacked four times, and TCU defensive end Mat Boesen was the force behind two of those sacks. Despite these struggles, Mahomes led his team in passing yards with 206, threw for two touchdowns and ran for one.

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill threw no touchdown passes and went 16-of-29. Hill was eventually benched and replaced by backup quarterback Foster Sawyer. Sawyer threw a touchdown pass in the first overtime, but failed to complete passes in the second overtime when they mattered most.

TCU (4-4, 2-3) will now prepare to face off against the Baylor Bears at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Waco. The Red Raiders (4-4, 2-3) meet the Texas Longhorns at 11 a.m. Saturday at home.

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