After each weekend of Big 12 play we’ll look at how things turned out for the Big 12 conference.
This week, there was a battle for the state of Kansas, TCU took a look at life without Casey Pachall, Oklahoma bounced back in their first game since the Kansas State loss, and West Virginia took on their first tough Big 12 opponent of the season.
Saturday, October 6th
Kansas (1-4, 0-2) 16 @ Kansas State (5-0, 2-0) 56 – The Sunflower Showdown between Kansas and Kansas State closed yet another chapter on Saturday. The best way to describe the game would be to say that it was truly a tale of two halves. The first half was hard fought between both teams. Kansas fans saw a completely different Dayne Crist in the first half and the Jayhawks only trailed the Wildcats 21-14 at halftime. In the second half, the Wildcats pulled away and finished the game winning 56-16. Crist finished the game with 189 passing yards, one touchdown, and three thrown interceptions. For KSU, the rushing game was king. Collin Klein and John Hubert both ran from over 100 yards each. Hubert also found the endzone a total of four times.
Iowa State (4-1, 1-1) 37 @ TCU (4-1, 1-1) 23 – The Horned Frogs started their life without Casey Pachall (for now). Pachall was suspended indefinitely after his arrest early Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Trevone Boykin took over as the starter for TCU on Saturday. He was 23 of 40 passing for 270 yards with one touchdown. He also threw three interceptions. One of them came on Boykin’s first pass of the game and the other two came in the fourth quarter. On the other hand, Iowa State went with a different look and started Jared Barnett instead of Steele Jantz. Barnett went 12 of 21 for 183 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw one interception. However, the biggest play of the game for the Cyclones came in the fourth quarter when David Irving returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown to put Iowa State up 37-23.
Oklahoma (3-1, 1-1) 41 @ Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1) 20 – In Lubbock, Texas, one quarterback shined while the other did not. Landry Jones shined for Oklahoma after having a week off since the loss against KSU. Jones went 25 of 40 for 259 yards and two touchdowns. According to ESPN, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said, “Landry’s an excellent quarterback, and I thought just overall we had a good rhythm.” On the other hand, Seth Deoge of Texas Tech did not have a good game. He went 22 of 36 for 203 yards and three interceptions. This game was the first time the Sooners won in Lubbock since 2003 and they are now 19-0 in games following a loss since 2004.
West Virginia (5-0, 2-0) 48 @ Texas (4-1, 1-1) 45 – The “Geno Smith Show” continued this week in Austin, Texas as West Virginia faced off against Texas. Smith continued his streak of zero interception games (5 games) and went 25 of 35 for 268 yards and four touchdowns. He now has 24 touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season. Smith’s two biggest targets in the game were Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Austin had more yards with 102 yards, but Bailey had more touchdowns with three. West Virginia also rushed the ball very well on Saturday night. Andrew Buie had 207 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns. The big performer for the Longhorns was Joe Bergeron. He only rushed for 45 yards, but got into the endzone four times.
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