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BAYLOR: After beating up on seemingly lesser competition over the course of the season, the Bears made quite a statement with last Thursday's 41-12 rout of No. 12 Oklahoma. Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as the fourth-ranked Bears moved to 8-0 for the first time in school history. The Bears scored 28 unanswered points after the Sooners took a 5-3 lead following a safety and a field goal early in the second quarter and never looked back. On the evening, Baylor out-gained Oklahoma, 459-237, and ran for 255 yards on 54 carries. Petty was 13-of-26 for 204 yards while adding 45 yards on the ground for the Bears (8-0, 5-0 Big 12), who have won 12 straight games dating back to last season. Antwan Goodley had six receptions for 80 yards and two scores, and Levi Norwood added 78 yards and a touchdown on four catches. Shock Linwood, filling in for leading rusher Lache Seastrunk, who exited in the first half with a groin injury, carried the ball 23 times for 182 yards in the triumph. Baylor continues to lead the nation in scoring (61.0 ppg) and total offense (686.0). Next up is a home date with Texas Tech this Saturday night.
IOWA STATE: The Cyclones suffered their sixth consecutive loss on Saturday, as they fell at home to TCU, 21-17. Grant Rohach completed only 18-of-38 passes for 148 yards in the loss, while running backs Shontrelle Johnson and Aaron Wimberly combined to rush for just 67 yards on 29 carries (2.3 ypc). A fumbled punt set up TCU's first score, although the Cyclones' special teams would later strike back on the second-half kickoff, which DeVondrick Nealy returned 98 yards to the house. But with a 17-14 lead late in regulation, ISU allowed the Horned Frogs to go on a 10-play, 58-yard drive in less than two minutes. The drive ended with the go-ahead touchdown from one yard out with 38 seconds on the clock. For all intents and purposes, it was a game the Cyclones did not deserve to win based on the box score. The offense managed only 283 total yards and one touchdown. Rohach completed only 47 percent of his passes, and running backs Shontrelle Johnson and Aaron Wimberly combined to rush for just 67 yards on 29 carries (2.3 ypc). Iowa State travels to Oklahoma this week.
KANSAS: The Jayhawks suffered their sixth straight loss over the weekend, as they were on the wrong end of a 42-6 final at 12th-ranked Oklahoma State. The Cowboys made a statement on the game's opening kickoff, which Justin Gilbert returned 100 yards to the end zone to set the tone. Kansas (2-7, 0-6), which lost its 27th consecutive conference game, interchanged quarterbacks throughout the game with BYU transfer Jake Heaps and freshman Montell Cozart splitting snaps under center. Heaps finished with 56 yards on 4-of-8 passing with an interception and Cozart, a more versatile option, rushed for 55 yards on 18 attempts and completed 6-of-17 for 58 yards. On the first play of the Jayhawks' second possession, Heaps went deep for Tony Pierson but the ball was intercepted and brought back to the Kansas 34-yard line to set up a Cowboys touchdown. Cozart entered the game for Heaps on Kansas' fourth march of the game, but did not move the ball very far. KU's next possession resulted in a missed field goal, and the rout was on from there. The Jayhawks will host West Virginia this weekend as they try once more to snap their lengthy conference losing streak.
KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats moved one win closer to bowl eligibility with Saturday's 49-26 victory at No. 25 Texas Tech, their third straight. The Wildcats ran for 291 yards and five touchdowns on the day, as Bill Snyder became the 11th coach in FBS history to reach 175 wins with the same program. John Hubert carried 23 times for 157 yards and a touchdown for Kansas State (5-4, 3-3 Big 12), while quarterbacks Jake Waters and Daniel Sams notched two rushing scores apiece. Waters also threw for 65 yards with a touchdown on 6- of-9 efficiency. It was the 10th career 100-yard rushing game for Hubert. K- State scored 28 consecutive points in the first half to take a 35-10 halftime lead into the locker room, while also effectively taking the home crowd out of the game. Defensively, the Wildcats finished with five sacks and three takeaways. Senior captain Ty Zimmerman returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The Wildcats host TCU this weekend.
OKLAHOMA: The Sooners became the latest team to fall prey to fourth-ranked Baylor and its high-powered offense (41-12). After going up, 5-3, following a safety and a field goal early in the second quarter, the Sooners watched Baylor run off 28 unanswered points to seize control. Baylor went on to out- gain Oklahoma, 459-237, and ran for 255 yards on 54 carries. Blake Bell completed just 15-of-35 passes for 150 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2), which had won back-to-back games following its 36-20 loss to Texas in the Red River Rivalry. It was only the second win for Baylor in 23 tries in the head-to-head series with OU, which knocked off a then 10th-ranked Texas Tech squad in its previous outing. The Sooners gained only 16 first downs on the night, compared to 28 for Baylor. The ground game was all but nonexistent, as they managed only 87 rushing yards on 34 carries as a team (2.6 ypc). They'll try to get back on track against Iowa State this weekend.
OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys got right down to business against Kansas, as Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, and Oklahoma State went on to claim a 42-6 victory. The kickoff return for a TD was the sixth of Gilbert's career, most among active FBS players. Clint Chelf threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-37 passing for Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 Big 12), while Desmond Roland scored a pair of touchdowns. Tracy Moore added six receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have scored 20 or more points in 47 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the nation. The last time Oklahoma State was held under 20 was the 2010 Cotton Bowl against Ole Miss. Against the Jayhawks, the Pokes raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Now, they must navigate a treacherous back end of the schedule, first traveling to Texas this weekend, then returning home to close out the regular season against Baylor and Oklahoma. All three opponents are nationally ranked heading into this week.
TCU: Trevone Boykin rushed for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 38 seconds remaining in regulation, as the TCU Horned Frogs rallied for a 21-17 win over the Iowa State Cyclones in Big 12 Conference action at Jack Trice Stadium. Casey Pachall completed 20-of-36 passes for 245 yards and overcame a pair of interceptions to help the Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) snap a three-game slide. TCU's defense limited the Cyclones to 283 total yards, as ISU quarterback Grant Rohach completed only 47 percent of his passes while running backs Shontrelle Johnson and Aaron Wimberly combined to rush for just 67 yards on 29 carries (2.3 ypc). The Cyclones managed only one offensive touchdown on the day. Trailing by three with time winding down in regulation, Pachall led TCU on a 10-play, 58-yard drive in just under two minutes. Boykin punctuated the decisive drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge to put the Horned Frogs on top with 38 seconds on the clock. The Horned Frogs travel to Kansas State this weekend.
TEXAS: Case McCoy threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime, as the Longhorns outlasted the West Virginia Mountaineers, 47-40, in a Big 12 Conference shootout at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. McCoy completed 27-of-49 passes and threw an interception for Texas (7-2, 6-0 Big 12), which has won six straight games and, along with Baylor, remains one of two unbeaten teams in Big 12 play. Malcolm Brown had 28 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Mike Davis (three receptions, 91 yards, TD) and Jaxon Shipley (seven receptions, 82 yards, TD) were both impressive out wide. Texas scored on all eight of its trips to the red zone (four touchdowns, four field goals), converted 10-of-23 third-down attempts and had more than 31 minutes of possession time for the game. McCoy's two-yard touchdown pass to fullback Alex De La Torre in overtime proved to be the difference, as Paul Millard sealed the outcome with an interception on the Mountaineers' overtime possession. The Longhorns will host Oklahoma State this Saturday.
TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders' once promising season has veered off course. On Saturday, they were dealt a 49-26 home loss by unranked Kansas State -- their third straight defeat on the heels of the fourth 7-0 start in program history. Davis Webb, who became the first freshman in Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3) history to record multiple 400-yard passing games in a season, went 13-of-20 for 78 yards and a touchdown before giving way to fellow freshman Baker Mayfield in the second quarter. Mayfield threw for 276 yards and ran for a touchdown, but was picked off twice and lost a fumble. Tight end Jace Amaro failed to go over 100 yards for the first time in five games; he finished with nine catches for 67 yards. Following the game, coach Kliff Kingsbury said the Red Raiders got out- coached and out-played, expressing his disappointment in the seniors on the roster. They'll try to turn it around this week, although that won't be easy on the road against fourth-ranked Baylor.
WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers lost for the fourth time in their last five games on Saturday, as they fell at home in overtime to Texas, 47-40. It marked their second straight extra-session affair after topping TCU in OT a week earlier. Against the Longhorns, Paul Millard completed 16-of-32 passes for 259 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, with his lone score finding the grasp of Mario Alford (four receptions, 97 yards). Charles Sims had 93 yards and three touchdowns on 24 rushes. The outcome was sealed in overtime when Millard was picked off on 4th-and-goal, the Mountaineers' fourth turnover of the game. The defense had a chance to seal the win in regulation but could not get a stop on 4th-and-7 near midfield. The Longhorns got a nine-yard completion to move the chains, then picked up another 27 yards on a run by Malcolm Brown to set up Anthony Fera's game-tying, 24-yard field goal with 13 seconds on the clock. The Mountaineers will try to rebound at Kansas this weekend.