By Wade Haugen & Darnell Pointer
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Kansas Jayhawks
West Virginia finally put away the resilient Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, 56-34.
Will Grier had another solid outing for the Mountaineers, going 25-of-39 for 347 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. They were led on the ground by Justin Crawford, who had 125 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. The KU defense struggled once again, allowing 635 total yards of offense.
Khalil Herbert had a career day for the Jayhawks. Herbert, the sophomore tailback, rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries. It was the third most yards on the ground for any player in KU history.
The Jayhawks hung tough, trailing 42-34 with 7:35 left in the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Mountaineers pulled away in the end.
No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners s Baylor Bears
The No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners survived a nail-biter against Baylor, winning 49-41 Saturday. The Sooners started the game with three touchdowns in the first quarter. Their offense slowed down in the second quarter as they went into halftime up 28-17. Going into the fourth quarter, Baker Mayfield and the Sooners put the Bears out of reach of a comeback as they finished with 625 total yards. Abdul Adams and Trey Sermon gained half of those yards, with Adams running for 164 yards and Sermon for 148. Mayfield finished the game with 283 yards and three touchdowns.
After an embarrassing first quarter, the Bears were on the attack in search of their first win. Zach Smith threw for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns were caught by Denzel Mims, who racked up 192 yards. After cutting the deficit to 49-41 with 1:40 to go in the fourth, Baylor received its onside kick and was ready to believe in a comeback. Unfortunately for Baylor, Smith fumbled the ball after being sacked.
Baylor will head to Manhattan, Kansas, to seek its first victory Saturday, and OU will go into a bye week to prepare for Iowa State.