If you missed any of the action in the Big 12 this past weekend, no worries, it’s all right here. But if you happen to be looking for the cliff notes version, just know Kansas State and Texas are still undefeated, Texas A&M choked again, and Oklahoma is really good. Otherwise, here’s the full rundown.
Game of the Day
It’s not every season that Baylor and Kansas State play a meaningful conference game against each other, but that was certainly the case Saturday in Manhattan. Both teams came in undefeated and both already had big nonconference wins to show for it; Baylor against TCU and Kansas State on the road at Miami.
The first three quarters were a Robert Griffin and Kendall Wright clinic on how to play quarterback and wide receiver. K-State had no answer for the Baylor duo and their stat lines showed it. Griffin finished with 346 yards passing and five touchdowns while Wright hauled in nine of Griffin’s passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Kansas State hung tough though, and never fell behind by more than nine points thanks to quarterback Collin Klein who ran for 113 yards and also threw two touchdown passes.
Kansas State’s persistence paid off in the end and their defense was able to capitalize on Griffin’s first interception of the season which would set up Kansas State’s game winning field goal with just over four minutes left. Their defense then held again on Baylor’s final drive forcing the Bears to give the ball up on downs.
If it weren’t for the second half
Texas A&M came into Saturday’s game against Arkansas still reeling from their loss to Oklahoma State the week prior in which they blew a 17 point half time lead. After Saturday’s game against the Razorbacks, they had be feeling a serious case of déjà vu because the same thing happened again, this time surrendering an 18 point lead to Arkansas.
The Texas A&M defense has some issues to get fixed in the secondary as they prepare to take on Texas Tech this week. They have been hampered by a few injuries which haven’t helped matters, but giving up 510 yards passing to Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson can’t make Mike Sherman or defensive coordinator, Tim DeRuyter, sleep well at night.
Texas A&M now stands at 2-2 on the year and are barely hanging on to their top 25 spot in the football polls.
If you’re a fan of lots of yards and lots of points, then hopefully you were able to catch some of the Texas Tech-Kansas game Saturday morning in Lawrence. The two teams combined for over 1000 yards of offense and 79 points.
Kansas started the game by scoring on three straight possessions to open up a 20 point lead. The Red Raiders weren’t worried, however, and reeled off the next 24 points before Kansas added a touchdown just before half for a 27-24 lead.
The second half was all Texas Tech. Seth Doege and running back, Eric Stephens, took the game over and Tech went on another streak scoring 21 more points in the second half before KU added a late score for the final 45-34 tally.
If either team wants to win many more games in the Big 12, their defenses have to get a lot better, especially considering the upcoming games on their schedule. Take this weekend as an example. Kansas travels to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State while Texas Tech plays host to Texas A&M. It’s not likely Kansas coordinator, Vic Shealy, or Chad Glasgow at Texas Tech are feeling real good as they game plan this week.
No margin for error
Iowa State came into Saturday night’s game against Texas knowing they needed to play sound football in order knock off Texas for the second straight season.
It was obvious from the get-go that this game was going to have an entirely different outcome than the one played in Austin last season. The Cyclones fumbled twice, threw an interception, had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown, and missed a field goal all before halftime. Talk about bad starts.
All that led to a 34-0 Longhorn lead at the break and second half was a mere formality, although ISU can probably get some positive vibes from the fact that they hung tough in the second half and only surrendered three more points the rest of game while adding two late touchdowns.
Oklahoma hosted Ball State on Saturday and as expected, was able to fine tune everything about their game heading into the Red River Rivalry this week at the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners came into the game as 40 point favorites and it didn’t take long to figure out there was good reason for the one sided spread. Oklahoma led 38-6 at the break and then added 24 more points in the second half for good measure in their 62-6 win over the Cardinals.
Jay Beck is a contributor to Bevo’s Corner and the founder of an outstanding Big 12 focused site Turfburner.com.
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