Big 12 Wire: West Virginia looking for conference championship invite

By Wade Haugen and Darnell Pointer

Sports Bloggers



By Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger




Kansas vs Texas

The Longhorns got their revenge from last season as they defeated Kansas 42-27. Texas (5-5, 4-3) started the game with its foot on the gas with Shane Buechele throwing to Lorenzo Joe for a 49-yard touchdown on the first play. The Longhorns’ defense also forced four turnovers in the first half. Antwuan Davis had two of those turnovers, returning one for a 16-yard touchdown. Buechele completed the game with 249 yards and one touchdown. The Longhorns take the long trip to Morgantown at 11 a.m. Saturday to take on West Virginia while trying to become bowl eligible.

The Jayhawks plan went abrupt, as their onside kick to start off the game failed, allowing Texas to score quickly. Kansas (1-9, 0-7) did not go down without a fight, as it scored with seconds on the clock. Kansas’ defense allowed four touchdowns in the first half, which put it in a hole early and it had to scratch and claw its way back in the game. Carter Stanley threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions. Kansas will host Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. Saturday still looking for its first conference win.

No. 5 TCU vs No. 6 Oklahoma

In one of the top games of the weekend, Oklahoma defeated TCU 38-20. Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1) took advantage of TCU’s defense, as it racked up 533 yards. Baker Mayfield was one of the causes of that high yardage as he strengthens his Heisman resume, throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Rodney Anderson was a threat receiving and rushing. Anderson ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. The Sooners will most definitely move in the top four with No. 1 Georgia and No. 3 Notre Dame losing. OU will host Kansas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and try to continue its push for the playoffs.

TCU’s slow start was the cause of its second loss. The Horned Frogs’ defense allowed 38 points in the first half. It didn’t help that Kenny Hill did not have a great game. Hill threw for 270 yards and one touchdown but completed only 40 percent of his passes. Darius Anderson did not have a great of a rushing game as he usually does because he got injured. He ran for 42 yards. Anderson is probably out for the season, coach Gary Patterson said. The Horned Frogs shouldn’t drop too far in the polls, but playoff hopes are diminishing with this loss. TCU (8-2, 5-2) will travel to Lubbock at 11 a.m. Saturday and face Texas Tech trying to keep its Big 12 championship hopes alive.

Texas Tech vs Baylor

Matt Rhule’s nightmare first season coaching the Baylor Bears continued Saturday, as Texas Tech defeated them 38-24 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

The Red Raiders (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) started fast and never looked back. Keke Coutee caught the opening kickoff scored for a touchdown.

Baylor (1-9, 1-6) answered and scored on its first drive on a touchdown pass from Charlie Brewer to Gavin Holmes. This was as close as Baylor got.

The Bears couldn’t overcome four costly turnovers, including a fumble that Texas Tech’s Douglas Coleman returned for a touchdown to put the Red Raiders up 38-24.

Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech’s quarterback, was efficient on the day. He was 24-of-29 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

The Red Raiders are one game away from being bowl eligible. They host No. 6 TCU in Lubbock on Senior Day at 11 a.m. Saturday. With a victory, they can ruin TCU’s Big 12 title hopes.

Baylor goes home to face No. 21 Iowa State. It will be the Bears last home game of the season.

West Virginia vs Kansas State

(Sean Matthews, O’Colly)

Rain fell from the sky as West Virginia’s offensive coaches signaled in the play call. With enough time for one more play before halftime, it looked as if the Mountaineers were content with going to the locker room up 21-20.

West Virginia (7-3, 5-2) kept its Big 12 title hopes alive, defeating Kansas State 28-23.

The offense for the Mountaineers was sloppy, turning the ball over four times. Two of those turnovers came via Grier interceptions. The defense prevailed, however, holding Kansas State to 23 points and 332 yards.

The Wildcats (5-5, 3-4) were forced to play their third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson. Thompson struggled through the air, going 13-of-26 for 159 yards and two interceptions.

The Wildcats kept it close through the second half but couldn’t score points when they needed. They look to become bowl eligible with a victory when they travel to Oklahoma State at 2:30 p.m Saturday.

West Virginia looks to stay in the thick of the Big 12 title race as it hosts Texas at 11 a.m Saturday.

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