Cameron Jourdan and Hallie Hart
Baylor vs No. 11 Oklahoma
The Sooners dominated yet another Big 12 opponent.
The Sooners (8-2 overall, 7-0 Big 12) dominated the struggling Bears throughout the game, beating Baylor 45-24 Saturday.
OU quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 20-of-25 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns, while running for another score. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook caught four passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Joe Mixon ran 14 times for 124 yards and one touchdown, and running back Semaje Perine returned from injury and carried the ball 23 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
The game turned early in the third quarter after Baylor (6-3, 3-3) quarterback Seth Russell threw an interception deep in Baylor territory. The interception set up a Sooners’ touchdown and gave them a 35-10 lead.
Russell completed 15-of-31 passes for 148 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, but a dislocated ankle with 5:48 left in the third probably ended Russell’s season. Russell was tackled and two Sooners landed on his ankle, appearing to cause it to snap in half.
Baylor couldn’t recover from an early 21-0 deficit. Wide receiver KD Cannon caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Russell with 2:14 to go before halftime to make the score 21-10, but that is as close as Baylor would get the rest of the game.
The Baylor Bears host the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. The Oklahoma Sooners travel to Morgantown, West Virginia, to take on the Mountaineers on Saturday.
Iowa State vs Kansas
The only thing that could stop the Cyclones in the second half was the clock.
Iowa State beat Kansas 31-24, as it scored on four of its five second half possesions, with the fifth possession ending the game.
ISU (2-8, 1-6) quarterback Jacob Park threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Allen Lazard had a career-high 10 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. With 12:03 left in the fourth quarter running back David Montgomery rushed for a career-high 169 yards. Montgomery’s 46-yard run set up quarterback Joel Lanning’s 1-yard touchdown run and gave the Cyclones the lead for good.
The Cyclones scored on four consecutive drives, including a 37-yard Cole Netten field goal that capped the scoring with 2:48 remaining. Defensive back Jomal Wiltz intercepted a pass at the ISU 38 to seal the game 40 seconds later.
Kansas (1-9, 0-7) led 24-16 after a 39-yard Ke’aun Kinner touchdown, but its offense stalled after that. Quarterback Carter Stanley completed 26-of-38 passes for 171 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wide receiver Steve Sims Jr. caught Stanley’s touchdown pass, a seven-yard catch that put KU up 7-3 with 5:24 in the first quarter. The score was set up when Park threw an interception on the KU 12. The Jayhawks went 88 yards in 13 plays.
The Iowa State Cyclones return to Ames, Iowa, to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday. The Kansas Jayhawks host the Texas Longhorns on Saturday.
Texas Tech vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State
Because of a missed Red Raider point after touchdown, the Cowboys sneaked past the Red Raiders 45-44 on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
After OSU wide receiver James Washington caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mason Rudolph, OSU led 45-35 at the end of the third quarter. Then, in the fourth, Texas Tech kicker Clayton Hatfield kicked a 27-yard field goal. Later in that quarter, Red Raider running back Quinton White, Jr., sprinted one yard for a touchdown. The Red Raiders (4-6 overall, 2-5 Big 12) trailed by only one point.
As Hatfield prepared to kick the extra point to follow White’s touchdown, overtime seemed nearly certain. However, Hatfield failed to tie the game when he didn’t make the kick with 1:44 left. The final minute of the game was quite lengthy due to several Red Raider time outs, but the Cowboys (8-2, 6-1) ultimately prevailed.
Despite the loss, Texas Tech displayed strong offense. Red Raider quarterback Patrick Mahomes II was sacked twice but still managed to throw for 344 yards and three touchdowns. Mahomes showcased his versatility, as he also ran for two touchdowns.
Together, the Cowboys and Red Raiders tallied 1,123 yards.
Texas Tech’s next opponent is Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Ames.
No. 16 West Virginia vs. Texas
The Mountaineers conquered Texas 24-20 Saturday afternoon on the Longhorns’ home turf.
The Longhorn offense often crumbled under the defensive power of WVU (8-1, 5-1). Texas running back D’Onta Foreman, who had dazzled spectators with last week’s solid performance against Texas Tech, was unable to overcome the Mountaineer defense. WVU accumulated 87 tackles, four of which were sacks. Junior Mountaineer safety Kyzir White accounted for two.
Offensively, WVU running back Kennedy McKoy showed potential. The freshman rushed 73 yards for two touchdowns. Mountaineer quarterback Skyler Howard passed for 269 yards but faced some challenges in the game and was intercepted three times. Texas quarterback Shane Buechele had 318 passing yards and was 31-for-48. However at the end of the game, Buechele overthrew his receiver, missing the opportunity for the Longhorns (5-5, 3-4) to take the lead.
WVU aims to break the Oklahoma Sooners’ undefeated conference record Saturday at Mountaineer Field. Meanwhile, Texas meets the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday on the road.