Big 12 Wire: OU, TCU headed for rematch in Big 12 championship

By Darnell Pointer and Wade Haugen

Sports Bloggers

@theozoneonline

 

Iowa State vs Baylor

Iowa State ended its two-game losing streak in a milestone-studded game. The Cyclones survived a scare, as they defeated Baylor, 23-13 which gave them their first winning conference record since 2000. David Montgomery had a field day, rushing for 144 yards. He has ran for more than 1,000 yards for the season. Montgomery then had to be taken out in the fourth quarter after his ankle bent in an awkward way. Zeb Noland threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns. One of those passes was a 36-yard touchdown strike to Allen Lazard, who broke the school career receiving record with 3,123 yards. Iowa State (7-4, 5-3) travels to Manhattan at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to take on Kansas State.

The Bears had a shot to get back in the game but shot themselves in the foot with turnovers. Baylor (1-10, 1-7) was down 20-13 and had a first-and-goal on the Iowa State 2-yard line in the fourth quarter and freshmen running back John Lovett fumbled the ball, and the Cyclones recovering. ISU went down the field to make it a two-score game. On the following possession, Charlie Brewer threw a pick near the red zone. That took the Bears out the game. Brewer finished with 198 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Bears finish their season facing in-state rival TCU at 11 a.m. Friday.

No. 4 Oklahoma vs Kansas

(Devin Lawrence Wilber, O’Colly)

After not shaking hands before kickoff, the Sooners dominated the Jayhawks on Saturday afternoon. Baker Mayfield led the Sooners to a 41-3 victory. Mayfield finished the game with 257 yards and three touchdowns. Despite padding his stats for the Heisman race, Mayfield was seen cursing to the opposing sideline and Kansas’ fans. With this win, Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1) secured a spot in the Big 12 Championship in Arlington. OU will end the regular season hosting West Virginia at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

Although they got blown out, the Jayhawks held their ground. Kansas (1-10, 0-8) went into halftime forcing four three-and-outs and was down 21-3. However, in the second half, the Jayhawks couldn’t stop OU’s offense, as they allowed 469 yards. Carter Stanley couldn’t get anything going, completing 19-of-33 passes and throwing for 123 yards and one interception. The Jayhawks close out the regular season traveling to Stillwater at 11 a.m. Saturday to take on the Cowboys.

 

No. 12 TCU vs Texas Tech

With TCU’s Big 12 title hopes hanging in the balance and Texas Tech’s bowl eligibility still up in the air, Saturday’s game in Lubbock packed lots of punch.

Despite outgaining TCU offensively 327-289, Texas Tech couldn’t crack the Horned Frogs’ defense and was defeated 27-3.

TCU (9-2, 6-2) was without its senior quarterback Kenny Hill, giving way to true freshman Shawn Robinson. Robinson, from Desoto, Texas, struggled throwing the ball, going 6-of-17 for 85 yards and one touchdown. However, he led TCU in rushing, finishing with 84 yards on 10 carries.

204 of TCU’s 289 total yards of offense came on the ground in what was an unusually low-scoring game in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders’ offense struggled all day. Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech’s quarterback, finished 17-of-33 for 137 yards and one interception. Justin Stockton was the lone bright spot for the offense, rushing for 124 yards on 21 carries.

TCU will look to clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game with a victory at home against Baylor at 11 a.m. Friday.

Texas Tech (5-6, 2-6 Big 12) will also play on Friday, hoping to become bowl eligible with a victory in Austin against Texas.

Texas vs West Virginia

Will Grier dropped back, surveyed the defense and decided on running for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. As he reached for the pylon, Grier’s middle finger on his right hand was dislocated, signaling the end of the game for West Virginia’s signal caller.

Texas took advantage of the injury and defeated West Virginia 28-14, becoming bowl eligible in the process for the first time since 2014.

Shane Buechele started the game at quarterback for the Longhorns (6-5, 5-3 Big 12) but played only two possessions of the first quarter before Sam Ehlinger took over. Ehlinger finished the game 12-of-19 for 136 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Texas’ offense pounded it down West Virginia’s throats on the ground, finishing the game with 233 rushing yards, its highest output since Week 2 against San Jose State.

West Virginia (7-4, 5-3) struggled without Grier, gaining only 295 yards of offense. Chris Chugunov, Grier’s backup, finished 14-of-26 for 189 yards and a touchdown.

With its Big 12 title hopes out the window, West Virginia will look to ruin No. 4 Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff chances at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in Norman.

Texas will look to finish the regular season 7-5 as it returns home to face Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Friday.

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