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Baylor vs Texas Tech
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II paved the way to victory against Baylor on Friday.
The Red Raiders captured a 54-35 win against the Bears at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Mahomes accumulated 586 passing yards and threw six touchdowns. Although Baylor defensive back Patrick Levels sacked Mahomes twice, Mahomes still delivered a nearly impeccable performance with no interceptions.
The performance included an impressive 81-yard touchdown to Tech wide receiver Quan Shorts in the second quarter. Mahomes threw to Keke Coutee for an 80-yard touchdown on the Red Raiders’ next possession. It was one of two touchdowns for Coutee, who led the Red Raiders in receiving yards with 221.
The Bears (6-5 overall, 3-5 Big 12) continued to struggle without injured quarterback Seth Russell. Baylor freshman quarterback Zach Smith threw for 377 yards and was intercepted once, but the Bears couldn’t advance down the field with the agility that the Red Raiders (5-7, 3-6) displayed. While Texas Tech relied mostly on its passing game, Red Raider running back Da’Leon Ward showcased his speed when he burst through a gap for a quick 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Texas Tech has not sailed smoothly through this year’s schedule, but the Red Raiders and their standout junior quarterback ended their season on a high note with a victory. The Bears will strive to redeem themselves and end their regular season on a win when they face the West Virginia Mountaineers at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the road.
TCU vs Texas
After last week’s embarrassing loss to Kansas, the Longhorns hoped to recover. However, Texas was defeated, as the Horned Frogs seized a 31-9 victory Friday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
The Longhorns (5-7, 3-6) went the entire game without scoring a touchdown. All Texas’ points came from kickers Trent Domingue and Mitchell Becker. Star Longhorn running back D’Onta Foreman led the team in rushing with 165 yards on 31 carries but was unable to reach the end zone.
The Horned Frogs (6-5, 4-4) didn’t score a passing touchdown but relied on a speedy running game to earn the victory. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill ran 4 yards for the first touchdown of the game with 9:48 left in the first quarter. Hill sprinted down the field again in the third quarter for a 41-yard touchdown that gave the Horned Frogs a 17-9 lead.
Darius Anderson, a freshman running back for TCU, displayed his potential when he swiftly rushed 70 yards for a touchdown with 7:32 left in the fourth quarter. This was both the final touchdown of the game and Anderson’s first as a Horned Frog.
The Longhorns’ season closed in a heartbreak for fans and coach Charlie Strong was released from his position Saturday. TCU plays its last game of the season against the Kansas State Wildcats at 11 a.m. Saturday in Fort Worth.
Kansas vs Kansas State
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was doused in ice water as the final seconds ticked off the clock for his team’s 34-19 victory against Kansas for his 200th career win Saturday.
Snyder has 161 more victories than any other K-State coach in history.
K-State running back Winston Dimel scored two touchdowns to help Snyder reach the mark.
The Wildcats (7-4, 5-3) used three quarterbacks because of injuries. Starter Jesse Ertz went down early in the second half, but Snyder said the undisclosed injury wasn’t serious.
Carter Stanley threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns for the Jayhawks (2-10, 1-8), but the freshman quarterback spent the entire game taking blows from behind a beat-up offensive line.
Stanley threw a pick-6 to K-State defensive back Donnie Starks, which put the Jayhawks in a 13-3 hole.
The Jayhawks’ biggest play came when Stanley connected with receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez for a 95-yard touchdown, the third-longest in school history.
Kansas held K-State to 99 passing yards, however, the Jayhawks gave up 342 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
The Kansas Jayhawks are done until next season. The Wildcats travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to play the TCU Horned Frogs at 11 a.m. Saturday.
No. 19 West Virginia vs Iowa State
West Virginia bounced back after an embarrassing loss at home last week to beat Iowa State 49-19.
WVU quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 330 yards and tied a career-high with five touchdown passes. Freshman running back Martell Pettaway burned his redshirt and ran for 181 yards in his debut for the Mountaineers (9-2, 6-2 Big), who outscored ISU 28-3 in the second half.
Running back Justin Crawford, who ran for 331 yards against OU last week, was injured on the second series and replaced by Pettaway. Crawford got “bumped in the knee” and is expected to play next week.
ISU quarterback Jacob Park threw for 371 yards and running back David Montgomery rushed for 141.
ISU (3-9, 2-7) ends the season, winning two of its last three games.
The West Virginia Mountaineers return home to host the Baylor Bears at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Baylor has lost its last five games.