By Wade Haugen & Darnell Pointer
Baylor’s season is not going the way it wanted to, as it lost to UTSA 17-10 Saturday. The Bears had a chance to tie the game when they got the ball with a little more than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Roadrunners pressured Baylor quarterback Anu Solomon into throwing four straight incompletions. Baylor could not get the Roadrunners off the field, as they had the ball for 39 minutes. The Bears had 274 total yards, with Solomon throwing for 121 yards. With this loss, Baylor has lost eight consecutive regular-season games. The Bears play their first Power-5 team and head to Duke on Saturday to seek their first victory.
Iowa State Cyclones
The battle for the Cyhawk Trophy lived up to its billing Saturday in front of a sellout crowd in Ames, Iowa. The final score was disappointing for the Cyclones as they fell 44-41 in overtime against Iowa.
Iowa State’s offense was led all day by Jacob Park and David Montgomery. Park, ISU’s quarterback, finished the day 25-of-46 for 347 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Montgomery ran for 112 yards on 20 carries, including a few carries in which it seemed he carried the whole Iowa defense on his back before being tackled.
While this loss will surely sting for quite some time, it appears coach Matt Campbell has the Cyclones headed in the right direction. They will look to bounce back Saturday in their final non-conference game when they travel to Ohio and take on the Akron Zips.
Kansas State Wildcats
Bill Snyder’s Wildcats rolled over their opponent for the second consecutive week, defeating Charlotte 55-7 in Manhattan on Saturday.
Kendall Adams was the story of the day for the Wildcats. Adams, one of the Wildcats starting defensive backs, scored two defensive touchdowns in the first half, one by interception and the other via fumble recovery.
K-State’s offense dominated in the trenches, finishing with 304 rushing yards on the day. Wildcats quarterback Jesse Ertz was efficient, finishing 16-of-21 for 189 yards.
Charlotte was able to gain only 168 total yards of offense on the day against the Wildcats stifling defense.
After two easy opponents, K-State will be tested next week as the Wildcats travel to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores.
West Virginia Mountaineers
After a deflating defeat to Virginia Tech in Week 1, the Mountaineers came back with a vengeance Saturday against East Carolina, defeating the Pirates 56-20.
Will Grier backed up his Week 1 performance with another stellar outing Saturday, going 19-of-25 for 352 yards and five touchdowns. Grier’s main target was David Sills V, who had seven catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns. The Mountaineers’ offense had zero turnovers on the day.
The defense forced two turnovers on the day, both coming from Kyzir White, who snatched two interceptions. The Mountaineers allowed more yards than wanted on the day; however, giving up 470 total yards to the Pirates offense.
West Virginia is now 1-1 on the season and will finish its non-conference slate next week when it takes on Delaware State in Morgantown.
For the second consecutive season, the Central Michigan Chippewasknocked off a Big 12 opponent in non-conference play, defeating Kansas 45-27 Saturday. While things are headed in the right direction for David Beatty’s team, it’s clear after this loss that the Jayhawks still have a long way to go.
KU struggled mightily defending the pass Saturday afternoon. CMU quarterback Shane Morris went 28-of-37 for 467 yards and five touchdowns. The Jayhawks never had an answer for Mark Chapman, Morris’ top target on the day. Chapman finished with eight catches for 168 yards and three touchdowns.
KU quarterback Peyton Bender took a step back after an impressive performance Week 1. Bended went 32-of-62 for 323 yards but had zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
Dom Williams led the Jayhawks’ attack on the ground, finishing with 64 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
KU will be back in action Saturday against the Ohio Bobcats.
In what was the most anticipated game of the week, the Oklahoma Sooners shocked most by rolling into Columbus, Ohio, and sticking it to the Buckeyes, 31-16.
The story of the night was Baker Mayfield. Mayfield, a senior out of Lake Travis high school in Texas, drove the Sooners up-and-down the turf Saturday night, finishing 27-of-35 for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Mayfield ended his night planting an OU flag at the 50-yard line of the Horseshoe.
The Sooners’ unproven receiver core was led by veteran Dimontre Flowers, who finished with seven catches for 98 yards. Graduate transfer Jeff Badet from Kentucky was next in line with five catches for 82 yards.
OU’s secondary put a stranglehold on the Buckeyes’ passing attack all night, holding OSU to 183 total passing yards.
Lincoln Riley got his first signature win as head coach, and the Sooners are rolling heading into their Week 3 matchup against Tulane.
TCU Horned Frogs
TCU’s defense came through Saturday, as the Horned Frogs won their rematch from last year’s double-overtime loss to Arkansas 28-7. The Horned Frogs controlled the ball longer than Arkansas, but they had two crucial turnovers that allowed Arkansas a chance to get back in the game. Darius Anderson rushed for a career-high 106 yards and one touchdown. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill didn’t have big numbers like he did in last year’s matchup, but he threw for 166 yards and one interception. The Horned Frogs play cross-city rival SMU in the Battle of the Iron Skillet in Fort Worth at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns bounced back from last week’s defeat by shutting out San Jose State 56-0 Saturday. One change Texas made was starting freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger because Shane Buechele bruised his throwing arm over the week. Ehlinger didn’t disappoint, throwing for 222 yards and one touchdown. Chris Warren III also had a field day, running for 166 yards and two touchdowns. The Longhorns’ defense gave up only eight first downs and 171 yards. Texas will have an uphill battle next week, as it heads to Los Angeles to play No. 6 USC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Red Raiders (1-0) had a bye week. They play Arizona State in Lubbock, Texas, at 7 p.m. Saturday.