Big 12 Wire: Iowa State looking for Big 12 title run

By Darnell Pointer and Wade Haugen

Sports Bloggers

@theozoneonline

Baylor vs No. 23 West Virginia

The Mountaineers managed to hold off a furious Baylor comeback attempt, winning 38-36. West Virginia (5-2, 3-1) entered the fourth quarter with a 25-point lead but quickly found itself having to stop a two-point conversion and recover an onside kick to seal the victory. Will Grier threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns to add to his FBS-leading 26 touchdowns. David Sills V had seven receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns. WVU will host No. 10 Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. Saturday looking for an upset.

The Bears (0-7, 0-4) went in to the fourth quarter down 38-13, but coach Matt Rhule switched quarterback Zach Smith with freshman Charlie Brewer to spark a run. Brewer came in the game and threw a 52-yard touchdown to Trestan Ebner to cut the lead to 38-20. After recovering an onside kick, Ebner quickly found himself in the end zone again with a 40-yard touchdown run. Brewer connected with Ebner with a 9-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 38-36 with 17 seconds left. On the two-point conversion, Brewer was sacked, which ended Baylor’s chance of winning.

Brewer finished the game with 109 yards and two touchdowns and Ebner finished with 109 receiving yards and 54 rushing yards with three touchdowns. The Bears will host the Texas Longhorns, as they are clawing for their first win.

Iowa State vs Texas Tech

(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

With 9:07 left, Texas Tech was driving. Nic Shimonek took the snap from the Iowa State 33-yard line and looked to pass. He threw an interception that Iowa State’s Marcel Spears Jr. returned for a touchdown, putting the Cyclones up 31-13, which would be the final.

Iowa State (5-2, 3-1) has vaulted itself into the Big 12 title conversation after its victory over Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock.

The Cyclones’ defense put a stranglehold on Kliff Kingsbury’s high-octane offensive attack, holding the Red Raiders to 336 total yards. Texas Tech (4-3, 1-3) was averaging 543 yards per game coming into Saturday.

The Red Raiders had no answer for running back David Montgomery, who finished with 164 yards rushing on 28 carries. Kyle Kempt continued his solid play at quarterback, finishing 22-of-32 for 192 yards and three touchdowns.

Iowa State will likely be ranked this week after receiving votes in the AP poll this past week. It hosts No. 4 TCU in Ames at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Texas Tech will travel to Norman to face No. 9 Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Kansas vs No. 4 TCU

TCU stayed undefeated, as it blew out Kansas 43-0. Kenny Hill matched his career-high with five touchdown passes and finished the game with 278 yards. The Horned Frogs (7-0 overall, 4-0 Big 12) dominated, as they held the ball for 34 minutes and gained 475 yards.  The cherry on top for the Horned Frogs was KaVontae Turpin’s 90-yard punt return touchdown in the third quarter. TCU will head to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday to try and stop the momentum of a surging Iowa State team at 2:30 p.m.

Mother Nature helped the Jayhawks (1-6, 0-4) escape Fort Worth from embarrassment, as they played on a running clock for most of the fourth quarter. KU had 21 total yards and four first downs. The Jayhawks have now lost 47 consecutive away games and 37 consecutive Big 12 road games. Kansas will host Kansas State at 2 p.m. Saturday to battle for the Governor’s Cup.

 

No. 9 Oklahoma vs Kansas State

With seven seconds remaining, Oklahoma ran a halfback toss trying to run some clock off to kick a last-second field goal. Before they knew it, Rodney Anderson had turned the corner and was scampering into the end zone.

No. 9 Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1) defeated Kansas State 42-35 in a nail biter Saturday in Manhatten.

Kansas State (3-4, 1-3) threw the first punch Saturday, scoring 18 seconds into the game on Alex Barnes 75-yard touchdown run. Oklahoma answered quickly with a six play, 78-yard touchdown drive.

Heisman-caliber quarterback Baker Mayfield led the Sooners, as is the norm. Mayfield finished the game 32-of-41 for 410 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Rodney Anderson led the Sooners rushing attack, finishing with 147 yards on 19 carries.

Kansas State’s offense pounded the ball on the ground, finishing with 268 rushing yards. Quarterback Alex Delton had 27 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

The Wildcats look to bounce back when they travel to Lawrence to take on the Kansas Jayhawks at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Oklahoma will welcome in Texas Tech to Norman for a prime-time kickoff at 7 p.m.

ozone@ocolly.com

 

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