Big 12 Conference News and Notes
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BAYLOR: Quarterback Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes and ran for another two, as Baylor destroyed another foe, this time running away from Texas Tech in a 63-34 victory in Arlington. The potent Bears were at it again, rolling up 675 yards of total offense, with over 300 yards both on the ground and through the air. It marked the 36th straight game in which Baylor went over 400 yards of offense. Petty finished the day 17-of-31 passing, for 335 yards and the three scores, two of which went to Levi Norwood, who hauled in seven receptions for 156 yards. Antwan Goodley also eclipsed the century mark with four receptions, for 101 yards and one score. Not to be outdone, the ground game also featured a pair of backs that posted 100 yards or more. Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin picked up the slack with the loss of Lache Seastrunk (groin) in the backfield, as Linwood rumbled for 187 yards and one TD, while Chafin had 100 yards and two scores on just 11 carries. Baylor is 9-0 to start a season for the first time in school history and its 13 straight wins dating back to last season is the third-longest active streak in the nation. At 6-0 in conference play, the Bears hold a half-game lead over Oklahoma State and Texas, with three to play. The Bears will get one of those teams this weekend with a road date with the Cowboys in Stillwater.
IOWA STATE: The Cyclones were no match for the nationally-ranked Sooners in Norman this past weekend, falling to a miserable 1-9 overall with a 48-10 blowout loss. To make matters worse, Iowa State led 10-3 in the second quarter, but allowed the Sooners to run off 45 unanswered points. ISU was held to a meager 291 total yards, whole Oklahoma churned out 523 yards, including 405 yards rushing. There were very few offensive highlights for Iowa State, as quarterback Grant Rohach was just 21-of-34 passing, for 179 yards with two interceptions. He was under constant pressure all game long and was sacked five times. Quenton Bundrage led all ISU receivers with six catches, for 66 yards. Iowa State's lone win this season came at Tulsa (38-21) on Sept. 26. The team is winless in league play, dropping seven straight games. Chances to earn that first Big 12 win are dwindling, with this week's matchup at home against Kansas and the regular-season finale at West Virginia the week after.
KANSAS: It was a day of celebration in Lawrence on Saturday, as Kansas finally earned a Big 12 victory, halting an ugly 27-game losing streak in conference play with a 31-19 triumph over West Virginia. Tailback James Sims played an important role in the victory, rushing for 211 yards and three TDs in leading the Jayhawks to their first Big 12 win since 2010. In all, Kansas amassed 315 yards on the ground against the Mountaineers. Defensively, the Jayhawks were led by safety Cassius Sendish, who tied his career-high in 11 total tackles. Linebacker Ben Heeney picked up his third interception of the season in the win. At 3-7 overall and the streak finally over, the Jayhawks (1-6 Big 12) will look to make it two in a row this weekend with a road trip to winless Iowa State (0-7 Big 12).
KANSAS STATE: A 41-yard field goal by sophomore Jack Cantele in the waning moments proved to be the difference as Kansas State captured a thrilling 33-31 victory over TCU this past weekend. Bill Snyder collected his 101st Big 8/12 victory with the win and moved into second place all-time at a single school behind Nebraska's Tom Osborne (153). K-State became bowl eligible for the fourth straight season and are now 6-4 overall and 4-3 in Big 12 play. Overall, the Wildcats amassed 411 yards of total offense in the win. Daniel Sams rushed for 109 yards and one TD, while wideout Tyler Lockett hauled in 10 balls, for 123 yards and a score to highlight the offensive playmakers for K- State. The Wildcats have now won five straight games and look to continue their late season surge with a home date with nationally-ranked Oklahoma next.
OKLAHOMA: Bob Stoops tied Barry Switzer for most wins in Oklahoma history (157), with the Sooners' lopsided 48-10 win over Iowa State this past weekend in Norman. Oklahoma continued its dominance of the Cyclones, posting their 15th straight win in the series. The Sooners, who finished their home slate a perfect 6-0 moved to 8-2 in league play and 5-2 in Big 12 action. The Sooners trailed Iowa State 10-3 in the second quarter but went on to score 45 unanswered points to run away with the victory. Backup Trevor Knight came in for the injured Blake Bell and was an instrumental part of OU's 405 yards rushing, as he went for 123 yards and one TD on 10 carries. Damien Williams led the ground assault with 128 yards and two scores on 10 carries, while Brennan Clay also chewed up large portions of real estate with 86 yards and a TD on just seven touches. Oklahoma's 405 rushing yards are the most in the Stoops Era and the most since 411 yards against Louisville in 1997. Winners of three of their last four games, the Sooners seek to finish the year strong with this week's clash with Kansas State in Manhattan, followed by the regular-season finale in Stillwater against arch-rival Oklahoma State.
OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys continued their chase of a Big 12 title, as they disposed of nationally-ranked Texas in Austin this past weekend, 38-13. It marked OSU's third straight win in Austin. Quarterback Clint Chelf threw two TD passes and rushed for two scores, as OSU handed Mack Brown his worst loss at home in 16 seasons. OSu dominated on the scoreboard despite posting just 380 yards of offense compared to UT's 389. Chelf, who passed for 197 yards in the win, also led the team on the ground with 95 yards rushing. Charlie Moore led all OSU receivers with six catches, for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) have now won six straight games since an early Big 12 loss to West Virginia. It is the fourth time in school history OSU has won at least six conference games, all under Mike Gundy (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013). The Cowboys would like to keep the momentum going as they eye up a huge challenge this weekend at home against league-leading Baylor.
TCU: Kansas State's Jack Cantele drove a dagger into the backs of the Horned Frogs this past weekend, as a 41-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game proved to be the difference in a 33-31 heartbreaking loss in Manhattan. It was a tough return for TCU coach Gary Patterson, who played linebacker for Kansas State in the early 1980s. there weren't a great deal of offensive highlights for TCU in the loss, as the team managed just 350 yards total. Quarterback Casey Pachall was 23-of-33 passing, for 248 yards, with one TD and one interception. Josh Doctson led the team with seven receptions and one TD, but those catches only spanned 37 yards. At 4-7 overall (2-6 Big 12), the loss will keep TCU out of the bowl season, as the Horned Frogs have just one game left on the docket. TCU is idle this weekend, but will play its season-finale at home on Nov. 30 against league-leading Baylor.
TEXAS: Mack Brown's tepid seat may have just got hot in Austin, as his Longhorns suffered their worst lost in the last 16 years under his guidance, falling this past weekend to Oklahoma State, 38-13. UT actually out-gained the Cowboys on the day (380-380), but just couldn't finish drives with scores. Quarterback Case McCoy was 26-of-39 passing, for 221 yards, but threw three interceptions to stymie the offense. Wideout Mike Davis had a nice game on the outside, hauling in nine balls, for 112 yards in the loss. He moved from fifth to fourth on UT career receiving yards list, passing Quan Cosby (2,598). Davis now has 191 career receptions for 2,615 career yards. The setback to OSU brought an end to Texas' six-game win streak, its longest since winning 17 in a row from 2008-09. The Longhorns (7-3, 6-1 Big 12) are still in the hunt for the conference crown, sitting tied with Oklahoma State and just a half game behind Baylor in the standings. The Longhorns failed in their bid to distance themselves from the Cowboys, but still have two games left, following this weekend's bye. The team will close at home against Texas Tech on Nov. 28, followed by a Dec. 7 showdown with Baylor in Waco.
TEXAS TECH: An impressive start to Kliff Kingsbury's first season in Lubbock, has spiraled out of control, as the Red Raiders fell for the fourth straight game, this time getting blown out by league leading Baylor, 63-34. Texas Tech went toe-to-toe with the explosive Bears over the first 15 minutes, trailing just 21-20 heading into the second quarter, but couldn't keep up in the 29- point loss. Tech did manage to amass 454 yards of total offense, but allowed a whopping 675, getting torched by both the run (340 yards) and the pass (335 yards). It wasn't as if quarterback Baker Mayfield was overmatched, as the young gun slinger completed 28-of-51 passes, for 314 yards and four TDs in the loss. Tight end Jace Amaro continued his torrid pace, with four receptions for 55 yards and two TDs. Amaro ranks sixth all-time in single-season receptions (92) and his 1,157 yards are the most for the team since Michael Crabtree in 2008 (1,165). Linebacker Will Smith played well in defeat, posting a career- high 16 tackles, the most in a game by a Red Raider since 2005. The Red Raiders are idle this weekend, but hope to end their losing streak in the regular-season finale on Nov. 28 against Texas.
WEST VIRGINIA: The streak was bound to end some time, but the Mountaineers were hoping it wouldn't be against them. However, this weekend, Kansas' miserable 27-game conference losing streak finally ended with a 31-19 victory over West Virginia in Lawrence. With the loss, WVU falls to 4-7 overall (2-6 Big 12) and is out of bowl contention. The Mountaineers actually outgained the Jayhawks (386-376), but could not stop Kansas' ground attack (315 yards), specifically James Sims, who rumbled for 211 yards and two TDs. WMU's Charles Sims' contributions paled in comparison, although he did lead the Mountaineers with 99 yards and one score on 6.2 yards per carry. Quarterback Paul Millard meanwhile, was 23-of-42 passing, for 242 yards and two TDs, with two INTs. The Mountaineers are idle this weekend and will close out the 2013 campaign on Nov. 30 at home against Iowa State.
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