Big 12 Conference News and Notes
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BAYLOR: After snapping a four-game slide a week earlier, the Bears were back in the loss column following Saturday's 42-34 setback at Oklahoma. At 4-5 on the season, Baylor finds itself needing to win two of its final three contests to become bowl eligible. The team hosts second-ranked Kansas State this weekend, followed by a road tilt at No. 23 Texas Tech and then the home finale against an Oklahoma State squad that sits at No. 24 in this week's BCS standings. In other words, if the Bears want to make the postseason, they're going to have to go out and earn it. Lache Seastrunk ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's loss. Nick Florence threw for 172 yards on 12- of-33 efficiency and added 83 yards and a score on 15 carries. Trailing 42-26, the Bears retained possession with 6:08 to play in the game, and they scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run by Seastrunk with 1:26 remaining. They then scored on the two-point conversion to make it one-score game, but the Sooners recovered the onside kick and ran out the rest of the clock with a series of kneel downs.
IOWA STATE: The Cyclones remain stuck at five victories on the season, as they suffered a rather lopsided 33-7 setback at Texas over the weekend. They have dropped four of their last five contests and still need one more victory to become bowl eligible. Iowa State travels to Kansas this week before closing out the regular season against West Virginia in Ames the following weekend. The defense simply did not come to play on Saturday, as Texas racked up 609 yards of total offense, moving the ball with ease both on the ground and through the air. Steele Jantz connected on 15-of-29 passes for only 133 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a losing effort. Shontrelle Johnson had a team-best 57 yards rushing for the Cyclones and averaged 6.3 yards per carry. ISU fell behind 20-0 before adding a late first-half touchdown. However, the offense was never able to find its rhythm in the second half.
KANSAS: The misery continued on Saturday for the Jayhawks, as they lost in double-overtime at No. 23 Texas Tech, 41-34. Their last victory over an opponent from the Football Bowl Subdivision came against Northern Illinois last September, a span of 20 games. KU has now lost six straight games against TTU and trails the all-time series, 13-1. However, Saturday's contest was tight throughout. Tony Pierson had 202 yards on 16 carries to pace a KU rushing attack that racked up 390 yards. James Sims added 30 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Jayhawks, who have dropped 19 straight conference games. He became the first Kansas running back ever to rush for more than 100 yards in six consecutive games. Michael Cummings threw for just 29 yards with two touchdowns on 6-of-15 efficiency in the loss. The Jayhawks will try to end their slide on Saturday night against Iowa State. They'll get a bye the following week before closing out the season at West Virginia on Dec. 1.
KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats remained unbeaten with Saturday's 23-10 triumph at TCU. With top-ranked Alabama losing to Texas A&M over the weekend, Kansas State now sits atop the BCS standings and controls its own fate in the national title hunt. The Wildcats, who are 10-0 for the first time since 1998, will travel to Baylor this week before getting a bye the following weekend. They'll wrap up their regular-season slate at home against 18th-ranked Texas on Dec. 1. Collin Klein, who exited in the second half of last week's game against Oklahoma State with an injury, started and rushed for two touchdowns in Saturday's victory. After being intercepted on the team's first possession, Klein went 12-for-21 with 145 yards and an interception and added 15 carries for 50 yards. The offense managed only 260 total yards for the game, but the defense notched a pair of takeaways and a season-high six sacks to limit the Horned Frogs to a season-low 10 points. K-State has posted back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2002 and 2003 and the team sits 7-0 in league play for only the second time in school history.
OKLAHOMA: The 13th-ranked Sooners took care of Baylor over the weekend, 42-23. Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores in the victory. Landry Jones completed 25-of-36 passes for 277 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Blake Bell and Brennan Clay each added rushing scores for Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1 Big 12), which has strung together back-to-back wins since losing to Notre Dame. It also marked head coach Bob Stoops' 145th win at OU, passing Bud Wilkinson for second most victories in school history. Baylor came into the game with the nation's top passing offense (392.1 ypg), but the Sooners held Bear quarterback Nick Florence to a season-low 172 yards on 12- of-33 passing. In fact, Florence had failed to crack 300 yards passing on only one other occasion this season. A Baylor touchdown and two-point conversion cut the deficit to 42-34 with 1:26 to play in regulation, but OU recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock. Up next, the Sooners will travel to West Virginia this week.
OKLAHOMA STATE: The suddenly surging Cowboys became bowl eligible with Saturday's 55-34 triumph over West Virginia, their fourth victory in their last five outings. Josh Stewart caught 13 passes for a career-high 172 yards and accounted for three touchdowns in the victory. In addition to his two touchdowns receiving, Stewart also scored on a 46-yard run. Clint Chelf was impressive in his first career start, completing 22-of-31 passes for 292 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. He is the third player to start under center for the team this season. Wes Lunt sat out after suffering an apparent concussion last week against Kansas State, and backup J.W. Walsh is sidelined with a knee injury. Further, Joseph Randle was bottled up for 74 yards on 21 carries (3.5 ypc) and the OSU defense gave up 479 total yards, putting some added pressure on Chelf. However, the redshirt junior proved up to the challenge. The Cowboys will look to stay hot when No. 23 Texas Tech comes to town this weekend.
TCU: The Horned Frogs were not able to get much going against now top-ranked Kansas State over the weekend, as they suffered a 23-10 setback. Despite losses in three of their last four contests, the Horned Frogs earned bowl eligibility with last week's double-overtime win at West Virginia. Whereas they rallied from 10 points down to force overtime in that game, there would be no such rally on Saturday. The defense held KSU to only 260 total yards for the game, but the offense turned the ball over twice and gave up six sacks en route to a season-low 10 points. Trevone Boykin was 17-of-30 for 164 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Josh Boyce hauled in six passes for 69 yards in the loss, while Matthew Tucker paced the ground game with 64 yards on 10 carries. On the other side of the ball, the Horned Frogs limited Collin Klein to 145 yards and an interception on 12-of-21 passing, and he managed only 50 rushing yards on 15 carries. TCU is idle this week.
TEXAS: David Ash completed 25-of-31 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns, lifting the 18th-ranked Longhorns over Iowa State, 33-7. Johnathan Gray carried the ball 14 times for 74 yards and two scores for the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), who have won four in a row. Joe Bergeron rushed for 86 yards on 12 carries. Jaxon Shipley caught eight passes for 137 yards and Mike Davis hauled in seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown for Texas, which racked up 609 yards of total offense. The team honored former coach Darrell Royal, who introduced the wishbone formation to college football in 1968 and passed away on Wednesday, by lining up in the wishbone on its first offensive play of the game. Royal, who was 88 years old, is Texas' all-time winningest coach. He would have been proud to watch Saturday's effort, as the Longhorns jumped out to a 20-0 lead and never looked back. The defense held Iowa State's passing game in check to win for the ninth time in 10 meetings in the head-to-head series.
TEXAS TECH: The 23rd-ranked Red Raiders got all they could handle from a one- win Kansas squad, but in the end they pulled out a 41-34 victory in double- overtime. Eric Stephens Jr. ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the extra session to secure the win. Seth Doege completed 45-of-59 passes for 476 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for the Red Raiders, who were coming off a loss to Texas last week. Eric Ward caught 12 balls for 180 yards in the victory. TTU has moved past Baylor to take over as the nation's top passing offense, averaging 370.0 ypg through the air. However, the defense had all kinds of trouble with KU's ground game, which racked up 390 yards. Tony Pierson (202 yards) and James Sims (127 yards, two TDs) accounted for most of that damage. The Red Raiders, who rank 18th nationally in total defense, were able to limit KU quarterback Michael Cummings to just 29 yards on 6-of-15 passing, although two of those six completions resulted in touchdowns. The Red Raiders travel to Oklahoma State this week.
WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers simply cannot seem to notch that elusive sixth victory needed to become bowl eligible. After starting the season 5-0, they have now lost four in a row. On Saturday, they fell at Oklahoma State, 55-34 despite the Cowboys being down to their third-string quarterback. That third- string QB, redshirt junior Clint Chelf, carved up the WVU defense for 292 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-31 passing. Chelf looked early and often to Josh Stewart, who hauled in 13 passes for 172 yards and scored three times. Head coach Dana Holgorsen previously served as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State before taking the job in Morgantown. But even he didn't seem to have any answer for OSU's high-octane attack. Meanwhile, WVU converted just 6- of-20 third downs on the afternoon. Geno Smith threw for 364 yards and two scores on 36-of-54 passing and also added a rushing score. Stedman Bailey caught a career-high 14 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown, and Tavon Austin also had a fine day receiving with 11 receptions for 79 yards and a score.
11/12 10:46:56 ET