Wade Haugen & Darnell Pointer
If there’s one thing to take from Kansas’ non-conference performance, it’s this: the Jayhawks still have a long way to go. KU outscored Ohio 16-3 in the fourth quarter Saturday but still came up short, 42-30.
The Jayhawks’ defense struggled again Saturday, something that has become a theme this season. KU allowed 42 points while giving up 450 yards of offense to the Bobcats, 196 of which came via the ground game.
Kansas’ offense put up good numbers on the day, gaining 451 yards and scoring 30 points. However, the offensive line struggled, giving up five costly sacks.
Peyton Bender finished the day 30-of-47 for 343 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one interception.
Kansas begins Big 12 play Saturday against West Virginia in Lawrence.
West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia won big Saturday against Delaware State 59-16. However, there were glimpses of sloppy play in the first half that the Mountaineers hadn’t shown this season.
While they scored on 6-of-10 first-half possessions, three of their other possessions ended in turnovers, two via fumbles and one interception by Will Grier.
Grier finished the day 19-of-27 for 304 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His primary target was Gary Jennings, who hauled in six catches for 128 yards. Justin Crawford had a monster day out of the backfield, rushing 15 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns.
WVU’s defense gave up 301 yards to its FCS opponent, seen by many as too much. However, the Mountaineers did force three turnovers.
The Mountaineers open Big 12 play Saturday when they travel to Lawrence to take on the Jayhawks.
Iowa State Cyclones
The Iowa State Cyclones bounced back after a gut-wrenching loss to Iowa last week, defeating the Akron Zips 41-14 Saturday.
The Cyclones were led by their high-octane offense, which set a school record, gaining over 400 yards for the sixth straight game.
Jacob Park was efficient, going 24-of-33 for 317 yards and two touchdowns. David Montgomery built off his breakout performance last week, carrying the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown.
The Cyclones defense suffocated Akron’s rushing attack, allowing only 38 yards on the ground.
Joel Lanning, a former quarterback for the Cyclones, led the team in tackles with eight. He also recorded his first interception and sack of his career.
ISU has a bye week before hosting the Texas Longhorns on Sep. 28.
The Oklahoma Sooners extended their nation-leading win streak to 13 games Saturday with a beat down of Tulane, 56-14. OU was tied with the Green Wave 14-14 in the second quarter before an interception by Parnell Motley opened the flood gates for the Sooners.
Quarterback play was solid again for the Sooners, as Baker Mayfield went 17-of-27 for 331 yards and four touchdowns. Kyler Murray, the backup, went 3-of-3 for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Marquise Brown had a breakout day, catching six passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. CeeDee Lamb wasn’t far behind Brown, hauling in four passes for 131 yards. Lamb was ejected in the second quarter for targeting and must sit the first half of the Baylor game.
The Sooners will open Big 12 play Saturday when they travel to Baylor to take on the struggling Bears.
Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State came up short Saturday in Nashville, losing to Vanderbilt 14-7. It was the first time since 1946 that Vanderbilt upset a non-conference ranked opponent.
The Wildcats shot themselves in the foot multiple times during the game, including a punt return for a touchdown that was brought back because of an illegal block in the back.
The defense held up its end of the stick all night, allowing only 270 total yards to the Commodores, including 65 yards on the ground. The offense was a different story.
Jesse Ertz was 10-of-28 for 76 yards and two interceptions. He led the team in rushing with 126 yards on 24 carries.
The Wildcats will have a bye week to regroup before welcoming in the Baylor Bears.
Baylor can’t seem to find its footing this season as it lost to Duke 34-20 Saturday. The Bears are off to their worst start since 1999 when they opened the season with four straight losses. To try something new, sophomore quarterback Zach Smith started over graduate transfer Anu Solomon, and he showed potential. Smith threw for three touchdown, three interceptions and 263 yards. One of those interceptions was a pick-six with the Bears trailing by three in the fourth quarter. Baylor held Duke quarterback Daniel Jones to 193 passing yards and no touchdowns. Baylor’s rushing defense gave up three big touchdown runs of 34, 50 and 65 yards. Baylor will have a tough matchup with its Big 12 opener as the Bears host No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday.
TCU Horned Frogs
Despite trailing early, No. 20 TCU won the Battle of the Iron Skillet, defeating SMU 56-36 Saturday. Kenny Hill threw three touchdowns in the final seven minutes in the second quarter, including a Hail Mary at the end of the half to go up 28-22. Hill finished the game with 365 yards and four touchdowns. It was the Horned Frogs rushing game and defense that scored in the second half. Darius Anderson ran for two touchdowns and 89 yards. The Horned Frogs will travel to Stillwater and take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a top-25 matchup Saturday.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech survived a comeback from Arizona State, winning 52-45. Tech went into halftime up 35-17, but in the third quarter, Tech’s usual defense appeared and allowed three touchdowns. With the game tied 45-45, Nic Shimonek drove the ball 90 yards for Dylan Cantrell to punch in a 3-yard touchdown run. Shimonek threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns. With Shimonek throwing for so many yards, Keke Coutee and Cantrell had career-highs in receiving yards at 186 and 160, respectively. The Red Raiders will travel to Houston to play its final nonconference game of the season.
Texas lost to USC in the first matchup since the 2006 Rose Bowl 27-24 in double overtime. For the Longhorns, this shows they are moving in the right direction as their defense allowed them to go into halftime down 14-7. DeShon Elliot snagged two interceptions, returning one for a 62-yard touchdown. For offense, freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns. Ehlinger turned the ball over four times with two interceptions and two fumbles with the most crucial fumble happening in double overtime on the 1-yard line. Texas is headed into a bye week as it prepares for Big 12 play.