The Big 12 saw 8 teams in action this weekend, with the conference going 6-2 on the weekend. Your humble commentator happened to watch a bit of all of the games. I even un-blocked the Longhorn Channel to watch some of that game. Talk about dedication. So while Baylor was sitting this weekend out, I sat on the couch and put on my Big 12 hat and rooted for our conference.
The Wildcats looked incredible, against a legitimate opponent. This is the best win for any Big 12 team so far, and it really isn't that close. Collin Klein was exceptional, accounting for four total touchdowns (1 pass, 3 rushing). More impressively, the Wildcat defense held Miami to just 262 total yards, with just 40 being on the ground. Local product John Hubert had 106 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries as he continues to be the main running back for Kansas State.
It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't dominant, but it was a win. That is about the best thing you could say about this game. A total of 6 turnovers and 14 punts made this game very slow and painful to watch. However, Iowa State found the end zone one time (missed the extra point) and held on to win as all Iowa could get were field goals. It is tough to say if the Iowa State defense was real good or if the Iowa offense was just bad.
Kansas vs. Rice – LOSS 25-24
Mediocrity, thy name is Jayhawk. After going up 24-13, the Jayhawks could get nothing going on offense, and Rice took advantage with 11 unanswered points (two field goals, and a touchdown with a missed 2-point conversion). The Kansas defense struggled to stop the Rice rushing attack. However, late turnovers really doomed the Jayhawks and Dayne Christ threw an interception with under 4 minutes to play gave the Owls a chance to steal a big road win.
Oklahoma vs. Florida A&M – WIN 69-13
Well, that looks more like it Sooners. Oklahoma struggled to move the ball much last week against UTEP, especially on the ground. Damien Williams stepped up and gave the Sooners a much needed boost on the ground with 156 yards on just 10 carries. Oklahoma scored 8 rushing touchdowns on the day, and they racked up 662 total yards of offense.
Well, the Bobcats season took a sharp turn, didn't it? This was the one game I didn't catch any of, but with Texas State coming off of a nice win against Houston, most expected better from them at home against Tech. However, the Red Raiders came out throwing and were up 28-0 just a minute into the 2nd quarter and never looked back. Seth Doege was great, throwing for 319 yards and 5 touchdowns on 25 of 32 passing. The Red Raider running game was good enough, and made an impact on limited carried, averaging 8.1 yards per rush.
TCU vs. Grambling State – WIN 56-0
To open the newly renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium after sitting out last week, the Horned Frogs wasted very little time to start their new lives as Big 12 members. They scored the first time they touched the ball, on a 71 yards punt return touchdown by Deante Gray. They also went a perfect 17 for 17 on passing attempts between Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin, and allowed just 70 total yards of offense. A dominant win for the Horned Frogs, but one that doesn't tell us much due to the caliber of opponent.
Texas vs. New Mexico – WIN 45-0
While David Ash actually looked competent this week, the running attack for Texas was controlled very, as no runner got more than 50 yards, and the Longhorns only averaged 4.7 yards per rush. If you take out a 49 yard rush by David Ash in the first quarter, they only would have averaged 3.23 yards per rush. Not very good, especially against a team like New Mexico. Ash though played well passing the ball and had a respectable 10 yards per attempt with 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. The Longhorn defense also stepped up, especially against the pass, as the Lobos could only get 35 yards through the air.
Maybe Gundy can't just plug in a new quarterback and wide receiver combo and set records after all. The 18th ranked Cowboys went on the road in the toughest game to date for the Big 12 and got their butt kicked. They allowed 501 total yards to the Wildcats, but even worse, turned the ball over 4 times. The worse was an interception returned for a touchdown that turned a 37-31 game with the Cowboys driving to 45-31. From that point on, the rout was on. Wes Lunt looked like a freshman as he threw three interceptions and struggled with his accuracy.
OFF – Baylor and West Virginia