Wade Haugen and Darnell Pointer
Kansas State vs Kansas
With their bowl eligibility hanging on for dear life, the Kansas State Wildcats desperately needed a victory in the Sunflower State Showdown on Saturday in Lawrence.
Kansas State did just that, defeating Kansas 30-20.
In what was a closer game than most expected, special teams made the difference for the Wildcats (4-4, 2-3 in the Big 12).
After Kansas (1-7, 0-5) took a 3-0 lead to begin the game on a Gabriel Rui field goal, the Wildcats’ D.J. Reed took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.
Kansas State was forced to play its third-string quarterback after Alex Delton went down with an injury in the first quarter. Skylar Thompson went 4-of-6 for 40 yards and rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries.
Kansas’ offense had one of its best statistical outputs of the season. Carter Stanley, the Jayhawks’ quarterback, was 23-of-48 for 418 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Jayhawks’ offense outgained Kansas State in total yards 482-340, but it was to no avail.
Kansas State has now won five consecutive games in Lawrence and 22 of 27 overall in the series.
The Wildcats will travel to Texas Tech next week to take on the Red Raiders in Lubbock.
Kansas will play host to Baylor in a battle for last place in the Big 12.
No. 4 TCU vs No. 25 Iowa State
Iowa State (6-2, 4-1) upset its second top 5 opponent this season as it defeated TCU 14-7. Kyle Kempt threw the Cyclones only touchdowns in the first half to Hakeem Butler for 4 yards and Matthew Eaton for 17 yards. Kempt finished the game with 202 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa State’s defense came in clutch, as it forced three turnovers. The Cyclones will for sure move up in the polls, as it faces West Virginia in Morgantown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
With the Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-1) losing, the Big 12 race is now open season. TCU went into halftime down 14-0 but came out the second half strong with KaVontae Turpin returning the kickoff for a 94-yard touchdown. TCU shot itself in the foot, as it turned the ball over two times in its red zone. Kenny Hill had his worst game of the season, throwing for 135 yards and two interceptions. The Horned Frogs will try to bounce back from this loss as they host Texas at 6:15 p.m. Saturday.
Texas vs Baylor
The Longhorns’ defense powered their way through the game, as they sealed the 38-7 victory against Baylor. Texas cornerback DeShon Elliot returned a 43-yard interception for a touchdown within the first minute of the game. The defense then went on and forced two more turnovers. The Longhorns’ defense allowed 249 yards, giving up 3.3 yards per play. Tom Herman started Shane Buechele, who threw for 256 yards and one touchdown. Buechele also ran for a 28-yard touchdown to take Baylor out of the game, putting Texas (4-4, 3-2) up 21-7. The Longhorns will head to Fort Worth at 6:15 p.m. Saturday to face No. 4 TCU.
Baylor (0-8, 0-5) had its hopes of getting its first win taken away after losing to West Virginia by two last week. Zach Smith and Charlie Brewer rotated in at quarterback but couldn’t get anything going, as they combined for 218 yards. The Bears only touchdown came in the second quarter where John Lovett punched in a 2-yard touchdown run. The Bears will head to Lawrence at 11 a.m. Saturday and face the Jayhawks, who are also looking for their first conference win.
Texas Tech vs Oklahoma
In what was touted as the biggest recruiting weekend of the season, the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders handedly 49-27.
The game began looking similar to last year’s track meet in Lubbock, with both teams scoring on their first three possessions.
With Oklahoma up 21-20, Mike Stoops’ defense made a slight adjustment, switching from a three-man front to a four-man front. The Red Raiders offense scored only one touchdown for the remainder of the night.
Baker Mayfield led Oklahoma’s offense. He went 22-of-34 for 281 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
Rodney Anderson got his first start at tailback for the Sooners on Saturday night. He rushed for 181 yards on 24 carries and scored a touchdown.
It was the seventh time in eight games that the Oklahoma offense surpassed 500 yards of total offense.
The Red Raiders (4-4, 1-4) will return home next week and attempt to snap their three-game losing streak when they face the Kansas State Wildcats.
No. 10 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) will travel to Stillwater and take on No. 11 Oklahoma State. College GameDay will be in Stillwater for the game.