Big 12 Recap

Big 12 conference play really got into swing this past weekend, with most of the teams in conference participating in play. Here's a quick look at the rest of the Big 12 this past Saturday.

TCU 56, SMU 0

The Horned Frogs have been nothing but impressive to start the season, and that continued against a terrible SMU team. Trevone Boykin once again looked the part at quarterback, finishing with 280 passing yards and four touchdowns. Boykin also added 62 yards and two scores on the ground.

Like Baylor, UNT and Texas A&M before them, TCU completely shut down the SMU offense. The Mustangs were held to only 245 total yards, including 89 rushing yards and three turnovers. SMU punted so many times, they brought in a backup kicker. The Mustangs have now scored only 12 points total this season.

The Horned Frogs will now come home to play Oklahoma on Saturday.

Kansas State 58, UTEP 28

Kansas State took care of business against a surprisingly solid UTEP team. The Miners came into the game averaging 314 yards of rushing per game; KSU held them to only 59. After finishing with no less than 144 yards in each of the first three games, UTEP running back Aaron Jones had only 47 total yards on 19 carries.

The final score is largely misleading; the Wildcats scored the first 45 points of the game before the starters were pulled.

Jake Waters only threw the ball 15 times, but had 209 yards and a touchdown. Running back Charles Jones added a ground hat trick of his own. Tyler Lockett did general Tyler Lockett things, averaging 28.6 yards on punt returns, including a 58-yard return to the house. He also had 84 receiving yards.

Kansas State now gets an underwhelming Texas Tech team at home on Saturday.

Texas 23, Kansas 0

More than anything, this game was strange. There was never much doubt that the Texas Longhorns were the better football team, but they struggled mightily to pull away against an abysmal Kansas Jayhawks squad.

Once again, the lackluster offensive line struggled to create opportunities for the running game to excel. Stud running backs Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown combined for only 73 yards on 25 attempts, less than three yards per carry. The only rushing score came on a scramble from quarterback Tyrone Swoopes.

Kansas struggled everywhere as usual. Quarterback Montell Cozart barely managed to put up 140 yards, and managed to throw four interceptions. After the game, Kansas coach Charlie Weis was fired. The news did not come as a shock to anyone who has ever watched a Kansas game.

The Jayhawks will travel to Milan Puskar Stadium to play West Virginia on Saturday. The Longhorns return home to face off against the Bears on Saturday.

Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 35

Oklahoma State has looked impressive to open the season, while Texas Tech has looked as bad as they have looked in a while. However, the Red Raiders went on the road to Stillwater, and actually fared relatively well.

Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb and Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman both came prepared to play. The duo led their respective offenses to producing over 1,000 yards of offense combined, even with five combined interceptions.

Tech was strong early, but eventually fell behind Oklahoma State It didn’t help their cause that the Red Raiders were penalized 16 times on Saturday for 158 yards. Regardless, it seems as though Texas Tech might be a team that may not be as bad as non-conference suggested.

Tech now travels to Manhattan, Kan., to take on the Kansas State Wildcats. The Cowboys play Iowa State on Saturday.

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