Cameron Jourdan & Hallie Hart
No. 14 Oklahoma at Iowa State
A trip to Ames, Iowa, couldn’t stop the Sooner Schooner.
The Sooners (7-2 overall, 6-0 Big 12) started fast in the first half and controlled the second half, beating Iowa State 34-24 Thursday night.
OU quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 25-of-34 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. It was Mayfield’s fourth straight game with at least four touchdown passes, the longest streak in the nation. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook caught seven passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. It was Westbrook’s sixth straight game with at least 100 receiving yards. Running back Dimitri Flowers ran for 115 yards on 22 carries, and running back Abdul Adams ran for 54 yards on eight carries. The Sooners’ defense held ISU (1-7, 0-5) to 290 yards of total offense and 5-of-13 on third down conversions.
ISU quarterback Jacob Park threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. It was the Cyclones fifth-straight loss. Wide receiver Allen Lazard caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Backup quarterback Joel Lanning had a 42-yard rushing touchdown on a fourth-and-2.
The Sooners host the No. 17 Baylor Bears on Saturday. The Cyclones travel to Lawrence, Kansas, to take on the Kansas Jayhawks at 11 a.m. Saturday.
No. 18 Oklahoma State at Kansas State
Kansas State couldn’t capitalize on three Oklahoma State turnovers in a 43-37 loss in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday.
K-State (5-4, 3-3) quarterback Jesse Ertz completed 12-of-18 passes for 87 yards with one interception. Ertz ran for a career-high 153 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns, also a career high.
After jumping out to an early 13-0 lead, the Wildcats couldn’t hold on as the Cowboys scored two quick touchdowns to take the 14-13 lead. OSU led 21-16 at halftime.
K-State scored twice in the third and took a 30-21 lead with 2:34 remaining in the third, and then 37-28 with 12 minutes left in the game. But OSU scored twice, once with 7 minutes remaining on an 82-yard touchdown pass and with 1:46 left to take the lead. Ertz threw an interception in the end zone on the last play of the game.
K-State’s defense gave up 637 yards. K-State possessed the ball for 36:30, but couldn’t stop the OSU big play.
The Kansas State Wildcats have a bye week before they travel to Waco, Texas, to play the Baylor Bears on Nov. 19.
Kansas at No. 20 West Virginia
No. 20 West Virginia bounced back from its first loss of the season last week with a 48-21 win over Kansas on Saturday night.
WVU quarterback Skyler Howard threw three touchdowns and ran for two more, sending Kansas (1-8, 0-6) to its 40th straight road loss.
The Mountaineers (7-1, 4-1) bounced back in a huge way from their loss at Oklahoma State, piling up 605 yards of total offense against the Jayhawks.
Running back Justin Crawford ran for 129 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown, and running back Kennedy McKoy ran for 127 yards on 18 carries, including a 44-yard scamper. Wide receiver Daikiel Shorts caught seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, and wide receiver Shelton Gibson caught four passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas trailed 31-0 at halftime. KU quarterback Carter Stanley completed 9-of-11 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Starter Montell Cozart left in the third quarter with concussion symptoms.
The Kansas Jayhawks host the Iowa State Cyclones at 11 a.m. Saturday. The West Virginia Mountaineers travel to face the Texas Longhorns on Saturday.
TCU at No. 17 Baylor
TCU running back Kyle Hicks’ stellar performance and Baylor’s defensive struggles resulted in the Horned Frogs’ 62-22 victory against the Bears on Saturday in Waco, Texas.
Hicks, a junior, ran for 192 yards and five touchdowns. The Bears (6-2 overall, 3-2 Big 12) scored the first touchdown of the game when Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora caught a pass from Bears quarterback Seth Russell in the first quarter, but TCU wide receiver Taj Williams quickly responded with a 37-yard touchdown reception. The Horned Frogs (5-4, 3-3) gained a lead with a 26-yard Brandon Hatfield field goal in the first quarter. The Bears weren’t able to regain momentum and trailed behind their rival for the remainder of the game.
TCU quarterback Kenny Hill improved from last week’s challenges against the Red Raiders. In the matchup with the Bears, Hill threw for 244 yards and no interceptions. Meanwhile, Russell was sacked three times.
The Bears had a strong start to the season with six consecutive wins, but are they collapsing as the season continues? Whether it affects the team’s performance, controversy continues to surround the Baylor football program. Baylor wide receiver Chris Platt’s tweet regarding the blackout uniforms led some of his followers and even an ESPN journalist to assume that the team was taking a stance against Art Briles’ release from his position as the Bears’ head coach.
Next for the Bears is a meeting with the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in Norman. The Horned Frogs have a bye week before they face the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Nov. 19 at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Texas at Texas Tech
The Longhorns seized a 45-37 win against the Red Raiders on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
However, it was a unique Red Raiders play that captured the attention of fans and sports analysts alike.
Texas running back D’Onta Foreman ran for what at first appeared to be a touchdown, but Texas Tech defensive back Douglas Coleman snatched the ball from Foreman at the goal line. Coleman, a freshman, then swiftly ran 100 yards in the opposite direction for a Red Raider touchdown.
Despite this incident, Foreman still delivered a highly impressive performance against the Red Raiders (4-5, 2-4). He led the Longhorns (5-4, 3-3) in rushing with 341 yards and three touchdowns.
Texas quarterback Shane Buechele threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II had 367 passing yards but was sacked twice and intercepted once.
The Longhorns have seen their share of ups and downs this season, but their two most recent games have showcased their talent. Texas recorded its first win in an away game this season and plays the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday at home. The Red Raiders strive to even their overall record in their matchup with the Oklahoma State Cowboys at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the road.