Big 12 Wire: West Virginia rolls into bowl season with win

Hallie Hart

Sports Blogger



Baylor vs No. 16 West Virginia

(Devin L. Wilber)
(Devin L. Wilber)

The Mountaineers emerged victorious in their battle with the Bears.

West Virginia slid past Baylor 24-21 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

After Baylor receiver KD Cannon caught a pass from Bears quarterback Zach Smith for a 60-yard touchdown, Baylor led 14-3. Mountaineer receiver Daikiel Shorts overcame the deficit when he caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Skyler Howard. Howard had 111 passing yards and threw two touchdowns and also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Bears attempted to make a late comeback when Baylor quarterback Zach Smith completed a pass to Bears receiver Ishmael Zamora for a 43-yard touchdown with 2:40 left in the game. The Bears were within three points of the Mountaineers after Baylor kicker Chris Callahan made the point-after attempt. Baylor recovered an onside kick but the play was overturned because Baylor linebacker Aiavion Edwards’ illegal block

Next, the Bears (6-6 overall, 3-6 Big 12) and the Mountaineers (10-2, 7-2) will focus on bowl games. West Virginia will play in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami on Dec. 28, Baylor landed a spot in the Cactus Bowl with Boise State on Dec. 27.


Kansas State vs TCU

The Wildcats delivered a solid performance in their final regular season matchup.

Kansas State triumphed against the Horned Frogs in a 30-6 victory Saturday at Amon Carter Stadium.

The score was knotted at the end of the first quarter after Wildcat kicker Ian Patterson successfully kicked a 27-yard field goal. TCU kicker Brandon Hatfield eventually followed with a 31-yard kick.

K-State quarterback Jesse Ertz bolted 32 yards down the field to score the first touchdown of the game. Ertz led the Wildcats in rushing with a career-best 170 yards. Ertz displayed his passing strength in the third quarter with a throw to Byron Pringle for an 83-yard touchdown. Pringle, the Wildcats’ leading receiver against the Horned Frogs, accumulated 126 receiving yards and six catches.

After Kenny Hill suffered an ankle injury and was benched for the fourth quarter of last weekend’s game against the Texas Longhorns, sophomore Foster Sawyer started for TCU. However, Hill took the field in the third quarter and was apparently healthy. Neither quarterback outplayed the Wildcat defense.

K-State achieved the final score with running back Justin Silmon’s 3-yard touchdown.

Despite TCU’s loss, both the Horned Frogs (6-6, 4-5) and the Wildcats (8-4, 6-3) are bowl eligible. K-State will face Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28, and TCU will meet Georgia in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30.



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