Big 12 Wire: TCU alone at top

By Darnell Pointer and Wade Haugen

Sports Bloggers

@theozoneonline

Kansas vs Iowa State

The Iowa State Cyclones shut out the Kansas Jayhawks 45-0 Saturday. ISU took advantage of KU’s poor defense, as it tallied 318 total yards with Kyle Kempt throwing for 122 yards and a touchdown. David Montgomery ran for 68 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. To add insult to injury, Trever Ryen returned KU’s third punt of the game for a 68-yard touchdown. The Cyclones will head to Lubbock and face Nic Shimonek and the Red Raiders at 11 a.m. Saturday.

This is a game the Jayhawks would like to forget. They were held to a season-low 106 yards and didn’t cross into ISU territory until midway through the fourth quarter. KU had trouble finding its groove at the quarterback position again, so it swapped out Peyton Bender for Carter Stanley. They combined for 44 passing yards. The Jayhawks will head to Fort Worth looking to upset TCU at 7 p.m. Saturday.

No. 12 Oklahoma vs Texas

The Sooners survived a scare, as they defeated Texas 29-24 in the Red River Showdown. Oklahoma was up 20-0 with four minutes left in the second quarter but went into halftime up 20-10. OU soon found itself down 24-23, but on the following possession, Baker Mayfield connected with Mark Andrews for the 59-yard game-winning touchdown. Mayfield finished the game with two touchdowns and 302 yards. OU will face Kansas State at 3 p.m. Saturday, looking to keep its playoffs hopes alive.

The Longhorns fell to the Sooners for the second consecutive year by five points. Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger sparked the comeback for the Longhorns with a 16-yard pass to Kyle Porter in the first quarter. On the last drive of the game, Texas failed to enter OU territory and had to desperate lateral to have a chance to score. Ehlinger ended the game with 278 yards and a touchdown. The Longhorns will host Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. Saturday.

No. 6 TCU vs Kansas State Wildcats

(Jeremy Kolok, O’Colly)

Multiple rain delays couldn’t hold down the red-hot TCU Horned Frogs, as they defeated Kansas State 26-6 in Manhattan, Kansas.

The story of the day was TCU’s strong defense, which put a stranglehold on the Wildcats offense, allowing only 216 total yards.

K-State was without quarterback Jessie Ertz, who got hurt last week against Texas.

His replacement, Alex Delton, struggled to get anything going. He finished the day 11-of-29 for 146 yards.

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill had another efficient day, going 27-of-37 for 297 yards.

No. 24 Texas Tech vs West Virginia

West Virginia used a second-half rally to defeat its first ranked opponent in 10 tries, dating to 2014.

WVU overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat Texas Tech 46-35.

Will Grier had another big day for the Mountaineers, completing 32-of-41 passes for 352 yards and five touchdowns. Grier continued his strong connection with David Sills V, who had six catches for 89 yards and three touchdowns. Sills V is leading the nation in receiving touchdowns with 12.

Texas Tech’s Nic Shimonek came out hot, throwing four of his five touchdowns in the first half. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Red Raiders’ offense went cold in the second half.

Tech will look to bounce back next week when it hosts pesky Iowa State. West Virginia travels to Baylor.

ozone@ocolly.com

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