Big 12 Recap (10/4)

A hectic week in the Big 12 completely changed the outlook of the conference. How will TCU handle the new national attention?

Oklahoma State 37, Iowa State 20

Give it up for the Cyclones, they are always up for a fight.

Desmond Roland played a solid game for the Cowboys, and finished with 95 yards and two scores on five yards per carry. Daxx Garman struggled against the stingy Iowa State defense, and threw two picks. He averaged only 6.6 yards per attempt; that has to improve. Tyreek Hill also did Tyreek Hill things with a 97-yard kickoff return.

As usual, Sam B. Richardson did his best to keep this game respectable. Richardson threw for 200 yards and ran for 34 more in the loss. He threw two touchdowns, both to standout tight end E.J Bibbs. However, between rushes and passes, Richardson touched the ball 48 times, versus the rest of the team’s 24 carries.

Iowa State gets a late non-conference matchup on Saturday against a relatively solid Toledo team. Oklahoma State has an easy road game against Kansas. Oklahoma 33, TCU 37

Without question, this one was the game of the weekend. It would be easy to say that TCU just caught Oklahoma by surprise on an off day, but that would be disrespectful to how well the Horned Frogs played to steal this one from the Sooners.

Trevone Boykin’s transformation to a quarterback seems to be legitimate. The junior threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns on an elite Oklahoma defense. He also added 77 yards on the ground. The defense also stepped up to make the plays when it mattered most, headlined by a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown by Paul Dawson to win.

Trevor Knight finished with 309 yards passing, but looked overmatched at times by the TCU defense. Knight completed only 40 percent of his passes and was picked off twice in Fort Worth. Sterling Shepard added 215 yards receiving, but it was not enough.

TCU will come into Baylor’s McLane Stadium on Saturday in one of the biggest Big 12 games of the season. Oklahoma will look to rebound in the Red River Rivalry against Texas.

West Virginia 33, Kansas 14

There’s not really a whole lot to say about this game; it went about as well as expected for Kansas in the first game of the post-Weis era.

Kansas did not really have any key contributors at all on offense. The Jayhawks split time between Montell Cozart and Michael Cummings, but the duo combined for only 12-of-27 for 107 yards. Corey Avery did score a touchdown, but the game was completely decided by that point in the third quarter.

Clint Trickett was fine, albeit unspectacular. Kevin White had another huge game with 132 yards. White is likely the best receiver in the Big 12 this season, and maybe second best in the nation behind Amari Cooper. However, the player you have to be most impressed with is Josh Lambert, who managed to hit four separate field goals, including a 53 yarder. With the incredible struggles of college kickers, you can’t take that for granted.

West Virginia’s offense will certainly be on full display against this upcoming Saturday against Texas Tech. Kansas plays host to Oklahoma State.

Kansas State 45, Texas Tech 13

For anyone who thought Texas Tech would be an improved team in 2014 (myself included), the Red Raiders are doing a great job of making us look dumb. A decent performance against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., made us think maybe the Red Raiders could turn a corner, but Tech was absolutely obliterated 45-13 by Kansas State.

Jake Waters is starting to make his case as second best quarterback in the Big 12. He finished with 290 yards and four scores to go along with 105 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lockett broke out of his slump for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Kansas State’s offense looks as lethal as ever.

Even though he threw for 247 yards and two scores, Davis Webb looked lost. Webb threw a pick in every single quarter he played, including on the opening drive and his last drive before being pulled in the fourth quarter. The Texas Tech defense doesn’t really look like it can stop anyone right about now.

It doesn’t get any easier for Tech; they play West Virginia this Saturday. Kansas State has a bye before playing in Norman on Oct. 18.

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