Big 12 Wire: TCU, Texas lead early Big 12 race

By Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger



Texas Tech vs Kansas

Texas Tech traveled to Lawrence and blew out Kansas 65-19. Nic Shimonek threw for 233 yards, two touchdowns and an interception before being taken out in the fourth quarter. The Red Raiders’ running game was excellent, as Desmond Nisby ran for 94 yards and four touchdowns and Justin Stockton ran for a career-high 161 yards and a touchdown. Tech finished the game with 313 rushing yards and 603 total. The Red Raiders will travel to Morgantown and face the Mountaineers at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Jayhawks goal of three wins is slowly getting out of reach, as they still have to face the powerhouses of the Big 12. Kansas switched from quarterback Peyton Bender to Carter Stanley at quarterback halfway in the second quarter to give it an offensive boost. The Jayhawks cut the lead to 35-17 but gave momentum back to the Red Raiders after fumbling the ball at the Red Raiders 6. Kansas will face Iowa State at 11 a.m. Saturday looking to get its first conference win.

Iowa State vs No. 3 Oklahoma

A third string quarterback and a player who played both sides of the ball came into Norman and upset the Sooners 38-31. Before this game, quarterback Kyle Kempt has thrown two passes in his career. Against OU, he threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Joel Lanning played 78 snaps, playing quarterback and linebacker. Lanning tallied 35 rushing yards, 25 passing, eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Lanning, a starting linebacker, started at quarterback last season but moved to defense this year. Because starter Jacob Park missed Saturday’s game because of health problems, Lanning got some snaps. Wide receiver Allen Lazard scored the game-winning touchdown, catching a 25-yard pass from Kempt. The Cyclones host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday and try to keep momentum in the Big 12.

Oklahoma had its nation-leading 14-game winning streak snapped in its second half collapse. OU went into halftime up 24-13, but was outscored 25-7 in the second half. Baker Mayfield Heisman hopes may take a hit, as he threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Trey Sermon’s fumble at the ISU 5 in the third quarter shifted the momentum of the game. Sermon finished the game with 90 rushing yards. Oklahoma will travel to Dallas to take on Texas in the Red River Rivalry on at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

No. 23 West Virginia vs No. 8 TCU

(Jeremy Kolok, O’Colly)

After a slow start, TCU came out the gates hot in the second half to defeat West Virginia 31-24. The Horned Frogs went into halftime up 7-3 but were in a shootout in the second half with Kenny Hill scoring the winning touchdown with a 3-yard run. Hill also scored two other ways with a 48-yard receiving touchdown and a 45-yard passing touchdown to Jalen Reagor. Hill ended the game with 188 passing yards. TCU is the lone unbeaten team in the Big 12 and is looking to keep its streak alive in Manhattan as they play Kansas State at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Although the Mountaineers controlled the ball most of the game, their one turnover is one of the reasons they came up short. Justin Crawford, the Big 12’s leading rusher, ran for 111 yards. Will Grier threw three consecutive incomplete passes on West Virginia’s final drive. Grier finished the game with 366 yards and three touchdowns. The Mountaineers take on the offensive‑powered Texas Tech on Saturday.

Kansas State vs Texas

The last time the Longhorns were in double overtime, Sam Ehlinger fumbled the ball on the 1. This time, he handed the ball off to Chris Warren III to take down Kansas State 40-34. Ehlinger ended his third start for the Longhorns with 380 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Ehlinger was also the leading rusher for Texas, running for 107 yards. His performance gave him the third most total yards in school history with 487. Texas will take on Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.

Kansas State missed a field goal in the second overtime which forced them to play good defense during Texas’ possession. That didn’t happen, as KSU’s defense allowed 546 yards. Jesse Ertz threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns before taking himself out the game in the third quarter following an awkward fall. Backup quarterback Alex Delton used his legs to help the Wildcats rushing for 79 yards. The Wildcats will host a top 10 opponent in the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday.

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