The Big 12 went 8-2 in week two of the college football season, with some big individual performances along the way. Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Baylor receiver Corey Coleman shared Co-offensive Player of the Week conference honors, while Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and Texas receiver Daje Johnson named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Here’s an in-depth look at the top individual performances throughout the conference in week two:
TEXAS TECH: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes accounted for six touchdowns - four passing, two rushing - in the Red Raiders' 69-20 win over UTEP. Mahomes went 18-33 for 361 yards, with 297 of them gained in the first half. This is the fifth consecutive game in which Mahomes has thrown for 300 or more yards and at least four touchdown passes. Mahomes currently is ranked number two nationally in offense per game (428.5), passing yards (786), passing yards per game (393), and passing touchdowns (8). (stats courtesy Texas Tech athletics)
Mahomes and the undefeated Red Raiders travel to Arkansas (1-1) this weekend at 6 p.m. CT.
BAYLOR: Wide receiver Corey Coleman had four touchdowns in Saturday’s 66-31 victory over Lamar, setting a school record along the way. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior finished the game with six catches for 182 yards, bringing his season total to 11 catches for 360 yards and five touchdowns. (stats courtesy Baylor athletics)
#5 Baylor (2-0) will host Rice (1-1) in week three at 2:00 p.m. CT.
OKLAHOMA: OU's offense got most of the glory in the dramatic 31-24 double overtime win at Tennessee but none of it would have been possible without the play of the defense in the second half. Leading the charge was linebacker Devante Bond. Credited with five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble, Bond is starting to become that explosive playmaker OU coaches felt he could be coming out of junior college. With Bond on one edge and Eric Striker coming off the other, OU's pass rush has upped its game in 2015. (Bob Przybylo, SoonersIllustrated.com)
#16 Oklahoma (2-0) will host Tulsa (2-0) on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.
TEXAS: Senior wide receiver Daje Johnson turned the game in Texas’ favor early with an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, which led to his being named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. He had 119 yards worth of punt returns on the night and was the first touchdown by a Longhorn on a punt return since he did so against Oklahoma on October 12, 2013. His 85-yard return ties him for the fourth longest in school history. It also gives him two career punt returns for touchdowns to move him into fourth as he trails the trio of Jordan Shipley, Aaron Ross, and Jim Moore by just one for the school record. (William Wilkerson, HornsDigest.com)
Texas (1-1) will host California (2-0) on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. CT.
WEST VIRGINIA: It's always easy to pick the quarterback in a win, but West Virginia's Skyler Howard was the clear standout in West Virginia's 44-17 win over Liberty. Howard was 21-26 passing for 263 yards and three scores, and added 68 rushing yards on 12 carries. Through six games as a Mountaineer, Howard has yet to throw an interception in 161 passing attempts. (Kevin Kinder, BlueGoldNews.com)
WVU (2-0) has a bye week.
TCU: A speculated Heisman frontrunner, Frogs’ quarterback Trevone Boykin led his team to a 70-7 win on Saturday versus Stephen F. Austin, going 18-27 for 285 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Boykin only played one series in the second half before back-up quarterback Bram Kohlhausen came in. He began the day with a 93-yard scoring drive including a 51-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kolby Listenbee, who had a big day with six catches for 142 yards. (stats courtesy TCU athletics)
#3 TCU (2-0) will face SMU (1-1) this weekend at 7:00 p.m. CT.
OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys rallied 32-8 over Central Arkansas in week two, propelling the team into the AP Top 25 at number 25. Quarterback Mason Rudolph, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore, made his starting debut in Stillwater, completing 23-35 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns and becoming the sixth total OSU quarterback to throw for 400 yards in a game. (stats courtesy OSU athletics)
The Cowboys will host UTSA (0-2) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT.
IOWA STATE: The Cyclones struggled in the 31-17 loss over Iowa, but the bright spot was receiver Jauan Wesley, who had a clutch one handed touchdown while in double coverage late in the second quarter. It was Wesley’s first career touchdown. ISU struggled in their running game, totaling 63 rush yards on Saturday, but Wesley’s 29-yard touchdown grab gives confidence to quarterback Sam Richardson that he has another solid target. Wesley, who missed the season opener for violating the school’s code of conduct, finished the game with four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. (stats courtesy ISU athletics)
ISU (1-1) will head to Toledo (1-0) this weekend; kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.
KANSAS: It may surprise you that the conference’s leading rusher is a Jayhawk, but through two games, it is Kansas running back Ke'aun Kinner who leads the pack with 270 yards and three touchdowns. Kinner, who joined the program this season after transferring from Navarro Junior College, rushed for 113 yards on 16 carries, making this the second straight game in which he has rushed for over 100 yards. KU had 46 rushing plays and attempted 38 passes in the 55-23 loss to Memphis, but on the bright side, Kinner has been averaging 7.3 yards per carry. (stats courtesy Kansas athletics)
Kansas (0-2) travels to Rutgers (1-1) for Saturday morning’s game, an 11:00 a.m. CT kickoff.
KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats are still undefeated after a 30-3 win over UTSA in week two and the key to their success has been the Wildcats’ defense. Kansas State has yet to allow a touchdown this season, and the only score allowed in two games has been a UTSA field goal (they shut out South Dakota 34-0 in week one). Top defensive player Dante Barnett is sidelined with a shoulder injury, but other defensive players stepped up their game this weekend, including linebacker Will Davis, who had nine tackles on Saturday (four solo, five assists). Davis also had a key swat at the goal line late in the first half on what would have likely been a Roadrunner touchdown. (stats courtesy Kansas State athletics)
Kansas State (2-0) will host Louisiana Tech (1-1) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT.