Big 12 Conference News and Notes
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BAYLOR: The Bears pulled off the weekend's biggest upset, toppling BCS standings leader Kansas State, 52-24. They entered the tilt ranked second in the nation in total offense but dead-last in total defense. While the offense continued to roll, it was the defensive effort that had heads turning as Baylor outgained the Wildcats, 580-362. Junior defensive back Joe Williams had two of the team's three interceptions off K-State quarterback and Heisman hopeful, Collin Klein. The duo of Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin shredded the KSU defense. Seastrunk had 185 yards and a touchdown and Martin 113 yards and three TDs. Nick Florence completed 20-of-32 passes for 238 yards with two scores and a pair of interceptions for the Bears, who entered the game 0-11-1 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams. Needing one more win to become bowl eligible, Baylor hosts Texas Tech this Saturday before ending the regular season at home vs. Oklahoma State on Dec. 1.
IOWA STATE: Redshirt freshman Sam Richardson accounted for five total touchdowns, four of which came in the second quarter, as the Cyclones downed Kansas, 51-23, at Memorial Stadium. They also became bowl eligible with the victory, although the real buzz was about what the rookie signal-caller Sam Richardson was able to do when called upon. Richardson replaced starter Steele Jantz on the team's third drive and was nearly perfect on the day, completing 23-of-27 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns while adding 43 rushing yards and another score on the ground for Iowa State (6-5, 3-5 Big 12). He did not throw an interception, despite not having thrown a collegiate pass prior to walking on the field in the first quarter. Jeff Woody rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Josh Lenz (six receptions, 78 yards, TD) was the Cyclones' leading receiver. The 51 points scored marked the team's highest single-game total all-time against the Jayhawks. They'll try to ride Richardson's momentum when West Virginia comes to town this Friday.
KANSAS: Perhaps caught off guard when their opponent switched quarterbacks in the first quarter, the Jayhawks were on the wrong end of a 51-23 decision at home against Iowa State. The Cyclones went to redshirt freshman Sam Richardson on their third drive, and the youngster completed 23-of-27 passes and accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing), four of which came during a blistering second quarter. KU simply could not keep pace, as the team suffered yet another loss. The Jayhawks' last victory over an opponent from the FBS came against Northern Illinois last September -- 21 games ago. Dayne Crist threw for 156 yards and a touchdown in the loss, completing just 9-of-20 passes while also throwing a pick. James Sims rushed the ball 20 times for 81 yards, and Tony Pierson tallied 110 total yards and two scores. The Jayhawks were unable to overcome four turnovers and an overall sloppy defensive effort that saw ISU accumulate 548 yards from scrimmage. They'll get a bye this week before wrapping up their season at West Virginia on Dec. 1.
KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats fell from their No. 1 spot in the BCS standings following Saturday's ugly 52-24 loss at the hands of Baylor. In addition to all but ending the Wildcats' national title hopes, the loss also prevented them from clinching a share of the Big 12 title. The offense was unable to get much going against a Baylor defense that entered the weekend as the most generous unit in the nation in terms of yards allowed. The Wildcats were outgained, 580-362, and quarterback Collin Klein's Heisman candidacy took a serious hit with three interceptions. He ended the day 27-of-50 for 286 yards with a pair of touchdowns, as K-State has not won at Baylor since the 2002 season. Coach Bill Snyder said his players didn't handle the environment well, noting six defensive penalties in the first half alone, four of which were offsides calls. That defensive unit had no answer for Baylor's backfield tandem of Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin, who combined for just shy of 300 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. The Wildcats have one game remaining in the regular season, Dec. 1 at home against Texas.
OKLAHOMA: The 14th-ranked Sooners won a wild one at West Virginia, 50-49. It marked their third straight win and sixth in their last seven tries. OU's only losses on the season have come against BCS leader Notre Dame and previous BCS leader Kansas State. Other victories during the team's current run have come against the likes of Texas Tech, Texas, Iowa State and Baylor, yet the Sooners actually dropped one spot in this week's AP poll. On Saturday, Landry Jones guided the Sooners on a 54-yard march in the final stages and found his favorite receiver, Kenny Stills, on a quick slant just across the goal line on 4th-and-3 from the WVU 5-yard line with 24 seconds remaining. It was the fourth touchdown of the day for Stills, who finished with 91 yards on 10 catches. Jones finished with a school-record 554 yards and six touchdowns on 38-of-51 passing. Jalen Saunders added seven grabs for 123 yards and a TD, and Damien Williams amassed 163 yards from scrimmage and ran for a score. With Kansas State losing over the weekend, the Sooners are still alive for the Big 12 title and the conference's automatic BCS bowl bid. However, K-State holds the tiebreaker and can still clinch the league's automatic BCS berth with a win on Dec. 1 against No. 18 Texas or with another Oklahoma loss. OU hosts Oklahoma State this Saturday and plays at TCU on Dec. 1.
OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys thrashed No. 23 Texas Tech, 59-21, marking their fifth victory in their last six games. It was also their fourth straight win over Texas Tech. With the triumph, they also moved to No. 21 in the latest BCS standings. Clint Chelf carved up the Red Raiders defense for 229 yards and three touchdowns through the air. All three of those TD passes went to Isaiah Anderson, who had four catches for 174 yards. Joseph Randle led the Cowboys' rushing attack with 91 yards and a score on 17 carries, while J.W. Walsh ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the victory. Defensively, the Cowboys were able to bottle up Seth Doege and a TTU passing attack that entered the weekend as the top-ranked unit in the nation. Doege finished the day with only 230 yards and a touchdown passing, and he was also intercepted twice. OSU scored 28 straight points at one point during the first half, building a 35-7 lead and never looking back. The Cowboys will travel to Norman this week for a key bout with in-state rival Oklahoma.
TCU: The Horned Frogs were idle this past week. They have hit a rough patch of late, dropping three of their previous four outings. TCU will celebrate Thanksgiving with a road tilt at 18th-ranked Texas, which is also coming off a bye.
TEXAS: The Longhorns were not in action over the weekend. They rebounded from their only two losses of the season -- which came in back-to-back weeks against West Virginia and Oklahoma -- by winning their last four. TCU comes to town for a Thanksgiving day bout.
TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders entered the weekend boasting the nation's top- ranked passing offense, but Seth Doege and company were unable to keep pace with Oklahoma State in a 59-21 setback. It was the team's fourth straight loss to the Cowboys. Doege finished with just 230 yards and one touchdown passing, and he was also intercepted twice. The Red Raiders fell behind 35-7 after giving up 28 straight points in the first half, and they never recovered. The defense was unable to contain OSU's Isaiah Anderson, who had 174 yards receiving and put three of his four catches into the end zone. Head coach Tommy Tuberville said he was pleased with his team's focus and practices heading into the contest, but their efforts simply did not translate to the game. Darrin Moore caught a game-high nine passes for 140 yards and a score. Tyson Williams also hauled in a touchdown on seven catches for 47 yards, while Eric Stephens ran for a score in the loss. Texas Tech will conclude its regular season at home against Baylor this weekend.
WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers' 5-0 start is now ancient history, as they have since dropped five in a row to fall to .500 on the season. They got themselves in another shootout on Saturday against Oklahoma and came up short, 50-49. The Mountaineers fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit and twice took the lead in the fourth quarter, but could not hang on. Landry Jones guided the Sooners on a 54-yard march in the final stages and threw the game- winning touchdown pass on 4th-and-3 from the WVU 5-yard line with 24 seconds remaining. WVU's defense allowed Jones to throw for a school-record 554 yards and six touchdowns, including the final dagger to Kenny Stills, his fourth TD reception of the day. The loss spoiled a magnificent day by Tavon Austin, who ran for a school-record 344 yards and two scores on 21 carries, and also caught four passes for 82 yards. Stedman Bailey also had a big day, hauling in 13 passes for 205 yards and matched Stills with four scoring grabs. Those TD catches came from Geno Smith, who finished with 320 yards on 20-of-35 passing, and he was intercepted twice. Despite their efforts, the Mountaineers are stuck in their longest losing streak since 1986. Next up is a road contest at Iowa State on Friday.
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