September 22, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Wes Tonkery (37) is congratulated as he returns to the sidelines after an interception against the Maryland Terrapins during the fourth quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Big 12 Football Recap: Week Four


After each weekend of Big 12 play we’ll look at how things turned out for the Big 12 conference.

This week was jam packed with Big 12 football action. Baylor avoided another Louisiana-Monroe upset, West Virginia defeated former ACC foe Maryland, TCU beat down on Virginia, Kansas lost late to Northern Illinois, and Kansas State upset Oklahoma on the road in Norman.

Friday, September 21st

Baylor (3-0) 47 @ Louisiana-Moroe (1-2) 42 -The Baylor Bears avoided a crushing upset against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. The Warhawks have become a popular team because of their upset win over the Arkansas Razorbacks (their only win). There were three separate times where Baylor trailed Louisiana-Monroe, but still won. Nick Florance had a pretty good game where he threw 351 yards and four touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. His main target was Tevin Reese who had 145 yards on eight receptions and two touchdowns.

Saturday, September 22nd

Maryland (2-2) 21 @ West Virginia (3-0) 31 -The Mountaineers continue their hot streak against a former ACC foe. Most of the action between Maryland and West Virginia happened in the first half as WVU led at half 24-14. The second half was a dog fight with a scoreless third quarter for both teams. Geno Smith and Tavon Austin went off on the Terrapins. Smith finished the game with 338 yards and three touchdowns while Austin had 179 yards on 13 receptions and three touchdowns.

Virginia (2-2) 7 @ TCU (3-0) 27 – After turning the ball over four times against the Jayhawks in Week Three, the Horned Frogs took those problems and gave them to someone else. That someone else was the Virginia Cavaliers.

The TCU defense forced Virginia to commit four turnovers in the game on Saturday. The TCU defense made life hard for Michael Rocco who threw two interceptions. Casey Pachall had a bounce back week as he had 305 yards and three touchdowns, but still had one interception.

Kansas (1-3) 23 @ Northern Illinois (3-1) 30 – There were two streaks that remained active after the Huskies defeated the Jayhawks in DeKalb, Illinois. The first streak is the seventeen straight home wins for the Northern Illinois Huskies. The second streak is the three straight losses by the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks said they were going to run the ball more and did behind returning rusher, James Sims. The returning question surrounding the Jayhawks after this game is the ability of Dayne Crist and if Kansas can rely on him the rest of this season.

Kansas State (4-0, 1-0) 24 @ Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1) 19 – This was definitely the Big 12 Game of the Week. In many people’s eye, this could be the game that decides who will win the Big 12 Conference. Collin Klein didn’t play like we are use to seeing him play, but still had a fairly good game. He threw for 149 yards and ran for 79 yards. He also had a rushing touchdown. The Wildcats got a huge output from their running back, John Hubert. Hubert ran for 130 yards on 23 carries and had a rushing touchdown. On the other side for the Sooners, Landry Jones threw for 298 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception.

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