Big 12 Wire: TCU controls its Big 12 destiny

Darnell Pointer & Wade Haugen

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Baylor vs Kansas

In a battle of teams looking for their first conference win, Baylor notched its first win of the season, defeating Kansas 38-9. Baylor (1-8, 1-5) started freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer for the first time and he had a great game. Brewer threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns. One of Brewer’s favorite target, Denzel Mims, had five catches for 122 yards. The Bears took advantage of the nation’s worst defense tallying 455 total yards. Baylor will travel north to Arlington at 11 a.m. Saturday and face Texas Tech.

The Jayhawks had momentum early, as they scored first but shortly gave it all away allowing three consecutive Bears’ touchdown drives. Carter Stanley was back in the starting lineup, throwing for 155 yards and one interception. This was the third time in four games that Kansas (1-8, 0-6) has not scored a touchdown. Kansas has now lost eight consecutive games after winning its season opener against Southeast Missouri State. The Jayhawks travel to Austin at 5 p.m. Saturday looking to upset the Longhorns as they did last year.

No. 15 Iowa State vs West Virginia

After a great showing last week beating then-No. 4 TCU, Iowa State was ready to catapult itself into the conversation for Big 12 champion.

West Virginia had other plans, however, defeating No. 15 Iowa State 20-16 Saturday in Morgantown.

The Mountaineers (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) knocked off the Cyclones behind a solid defensive effort.

West Virginia allowed only 350 total yards to Iowa State’s offense. It was the second time this season that West Virginia held its opponent under 400 yards of total offense.

After a rough outing last weekend against Oklahoma State in which he turned the ball over four times, Will Grier bounced back in a big way, finishing 20-of-25 for 316 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

West Virginia held off another David Montgomery solid performance. The Cyclones’ tailback finished with 26 carries and 115 yards.

Iowa State (6-3, 4-2) fought hard to overcome a 20-0 first-half deficit, but fell just short.

It faces Oklahoma State in Ames, Iowa at 11 a.m. Saturday.

West Virginia will travel to Manhattan to take on Kansas State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kansas State vs Texas Tech

Kansas State survived adversity as it defeated Texas Tech 42-35 in overtime. The Wildcats (5-4, 3-3) went into halftime up 17-14 but quickly found themselves blowing a 24-21 lead in the third quarter. Fortunately, Skylar Thompson, a third-string redshirt freshman quarterback, came to play. Thompson came in after Alex Delton, who was starting for the injured Jesse Ertz, suffered a concussion late in the first half in a helmet-to-helmet collision with Tech’s Kolin Hill. Thompson scored a 1-yard touchdown and threw a successful 2-point conversion to Dalton Schoen with 42 seconds left in regulation. In overtime, Thompson connected with Byron Pringle for 9 yards to score the game-winning touchdown. Kansas State will host West Virginia at 2:30 p.m Saturday.

This is a hard loss for the Red Raiders to swallow after leading 35-24 in the fourth quarter. Texas Tech (4-5, 1-5) shot itself in the foot when it missed a 31-yard field goal in regulation. In overtime, Nic Shimonek threw an incompletion on fourth-and-goal, giving the Wildcats the win. Shimonek finished with 405 yards and four touchdowns with his leading receiver, Keke Coutee finishing with 189 yards and two touchdowns. Kliff Kingsbury’s hot seat is starting to boil after suffering a four-game losing streak after starting the season 4-1. The Red Raiders will face Baylor on Saturday morning at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Texas vs No. 8 TCU

The roller coaster season for the Texas Longhorns continued Saturday night, as they fell 24-7 to No. 8 TCU.

With Sam Ehlinger sitting out his second consecutive game because of a concussion, Texas’ offense had no answer for the stifling TCU defense.

(Jeremy Kolok, O’Colly)

TCU (8-1, 5-1) held Texas to 263 yards of total offense. Only nine of those 263 yards came on the ground.

After a week in which he turned the ball over three times against Iowa State, Kenny Hill was efficient on Saturday. Hill was 18-of-26 for 146 yards.

After a tough loss, TCU answered quickly, jumping out to a 17-0 lead. It never looked back after that.

TCU is now tied for the lead in the Big 12 with Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1, No. 5 CFP). It will face the Sooners in Norman at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Texas (4-5, 3-3) will host Kansas on Saturday, which is the only conference team without a win.

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