For about a quarter, Iowa State looked like a revamped team and got off to a 14-0 start against the Thundar. Once they lost center Tom Farniok to a knee injury, it was all over, and the Cyclones allowed 34 unanswered points to give NDSU its fifth straight victory over an FBS team. For those of you keeping track, NDSU has more wins over Big 12 teams during the past three years than Kansas.
Key Statline – QB Sam B Richardson: 151 yards, 4.9 yards per attempt, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
West Virginia was supposed to get destroyed by Alabama, but Clint Trickett somehow managed to torch Alabama to the tune of 365 yards and a touchdown. If any West Virginia wide receiver outside of Kevin White had been able to hold onto the ball consistently, the Mountaineers would have pulled off the upset of the year.
Key Statline – QB Clint Trickett: 29/45, 365 yards, 1 touchdown
The Sooners took it to Louisiana Tech early and often, and 13 fourth quarter points from the Bulldogs was not enough to sway the result. Oklahoma scored five rushing touchdowns on the day and held Tech to of 245 yards of total offense. Trevor Knight looked shaky in his first start since his breakout Sugar Bowl performance, but still finished with 253 yards.
Key Staline – QB Trevor Knight: 19/34, 253 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
TCU 48, Samford 14
For a day, Trevone Boykin looked like a legitimate quarterback prospect for TCU. The dual-threat player finished with 349 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns. TCU’s defense also did an outstanding job of holding Samford to only one offensive touchdown on the day. Backup QB Matt Joeckel threw a pick-six in his limited appearance.
Key Statline – QB Trevone Boykin: 29/41, 320 yards, 2 touchdowns, 29 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
Texas Tech 42, Central Arkansas 35
Texas Tech really probably should have lost to Central Arkansas. With 10:38 left in the second quarter, it led the Red Raiders 16-7. Later on, the Bears forced a safety to bring the score within a touchdown with their offense set to take the field. Davis Webb and Bradley Marquez eventually did enough for the Red Raiders to win.
Key Statline – WR Bradley Marquez: 11 receptions, 184 yards, 2 touchdowns
No. 20 Kansas State 55, Stephen F Austin 16
The third highest-ranked team in the Big 12 took care of business against an FCS opponent. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett scored a touchdown on his first reception of the game, and Bill Snyder decided he had played enough. The Wildcats rolled, and the game never got within 18 points after the first half. Jake Waters contributed in both the passing and rushing attack.
Key Statline – QB Jake Waters: 19/28, 223 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interceptions, 17 carries, 55 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
Texas 38, North Texas 7
Charlie Strong is known for building strong defenses, and Texas lived up to its billing, even if for just one week. UNT was unable to get anything going offensively, and eventually finished with 15 total passing yards and four interceptions on 17 combined passing attempts. Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown paced the Longhorns with a combined 147 yards and two touchdowns. David Ash hit the ground multiple times, and will miss next week’s game.
Key Statline – UNT finished with 94 total yards, scored zero offensive points
We thought West Virginia would play the surprise game of the night, but Oklahoma State outdid itself against No. 1 Florida State. Despite going down 17-0 in the second quarter, the Cowboys cut the lead down to three both in the early third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston shattered each of those opportunities with a 28-yard touchdown run and 50-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene respectively.
Key Statline – UTL Tyreek Hill: 8 rushes, 44 yards, 6 receptions, 62 yards, 6 kick returns, 140 yards, 2 punt returns, 32 yards; 282 total gained yards