Big 12 Roundup

Texas won its season opener 34-17 against Rice. Here's a quick look at other action across the Big 12.

Oklahoma held off Utah State by a score of 31-24, with two of the Sooners' offensive trio having standout games. DeMarco Murray looked the part of a full-time back by running for 218 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries, while Ryan Broyles caught nine passes for 142 yards and two more scores. Landry Jones struggled with his accuracy, completing just 17 of 36 passes for 217 yards and a 2-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The defense allowed too many big plays, with Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel completing 17 passes for 341 yards and touchdowns of 42 and 31 yards. The Sooners will host Florida State this week.

The Tommy Tuberville era started in a very Leach-esque sort of way, with quarterback Taylor Potts passing for 359 yards and four touchdowns in the Red Raiders' 35-27 victory over SMU. Lyle Leong was responsible for 142 of those yards and caught three touchdowns. The defense accounted for five sacks and forced four turnovers. The Red Raiders did struggle to run the ball, averaging just 2.3 yards per carry. The Red Raiders will travel to play at New Mexico this week.

Oklahoma State had one of the Big 12's most impressive offensive performances, hanging 544 yards and 27 first downs on Washington State in a 65-17 victory. Brandon Weeden completed 73 percent of his passes for three touchdowns in his inaugural start, while running back Kendall Hunter rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns (averaging 12.2 yards per carry) in his return from injury. Justin Blackmon also scored four touchdowns, three in the passing game, and one returned punt. The Cowboys will play Troy this week.

Texas A&M was only slightly less impressive, with the Aggies putting up 539 yards in their 48-7 victory over Stephen F. Austin. Jerrod Johnson passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the win, while Christine Michael rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Receiver Jeff Fuller caught both of Johnson's touchdown passes. The Aggie pass rush didn't hit home often -- the Lumberjacks threw the ball 45 times and were sacked just once. Texas A&M will play Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Welcome back Robert Griffin III. In his first game back following last year's ACL injury, Griffin had nearly 300 combined passing and rushing yards and three touchdowns, helping to lead the Bears past Sam Houston State 34-3. The Bears dominated in all phases, averaging eight yards per carry and finishing with 463 yards to the Bearkats' 195. The Bears will next host Buffalo on Saturday.

Taylor Martinez rushed for 127 yards and scored three touchdowns in his first start as Nebraska's quarterback Saturday. Martinez helped to lead Nebraska to a 49-10 victory over Western Kentucky in the Huskers' opener. Niles Paul caught five passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. The 'Husker defense was solid, holding the Hilltoppers under 300 yards of total offense, though WKU did rush for 179 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Nebraska will play Idaho next week.

After a slow start, Missouri won its annual rivalry game with Illinois 23-13 in St. Louis, Mo. The Illini jumped out to a 13-3 halftime lead, but the Tigers won the second half 20-0 to claim the victory. T.J. Moe had an excellent debut with 13 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Blaine Gabbert passed for 281 yards, including 167 in the second half. Illinois gave the Tigers trouble with the running game, with the Illini's top two rushers combining for 188 yards. Missouri will play McNeese State this week.

Iowa State was the first Big 12 team to open up its season Thursday, and the Cyclones didn't disappoint, pulling away for a 27-10 victory over Northern Illinois. The Huskies closed to 17-10 with 9:12 remaining, but Iowa State closed well with 10 points. Austen Arnaud combined for 310 passing and rushing yards, while Alexander Robinson ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns. The Cyclones need to cut down on their turnovers (they had three) and tighten up the run defense (NIU averaged 4.3 yards per carry). Both will be important if the Cyclones want to win at Iowa this week.

Kansas State avenged last season's loss to UCLA by defeating the Bruins 31-22 in a game that was close throughout. UCLA scored a touchdown with 1:26 left to cut the lead to 24-22, but the two-point conversion attempt failed. Running back Daniel Thomas then sealed the game by rushing for a 35-yard touchdown with 1:05 left. As a team, K-State ran for 313 yards, led by 234 yards from Daniel Thomas. The Wildcats needed all of it to help overcome a poor passing game. UCLA also struggled to throw the ball, though the Bruins averaged 5.2 yards per carry. K-State will play Missouri State this week.

Colorado talked about getting its defensive swagger back, and the Buffaloes did just that in defeating rival Colorado State 24-3. The Buffs allowed just 245 yards, and held the Rams to a 1-14 conversion rate on third and fourth downs. The Colorado offense wasn't nearly as dynamic, with the Buffs averaging 3.3 yards per rush and only putting up 307 total yards of their own. Still, it was a nice change from last year's defensive unit. The Buffaloes will travel to play future Pac-10 foe California this week.

Not only was Kansas the only Big 12 team to open with a loss this week, but the Jayhawks became the only BCS team in the country to not cross the end zone in falling to North Dakota State 6-3. Kansas held the Bison to 168 total yards, but put up less than 300 of their own and missed several opportunities to add more points. Watch out for a renewed quarterback battle this week -- Jordan Webb replaced starter Kale Pick in the fourth quarter. Kansas doesn't have long to figure out its issues, as the Jayhawks host Georgia Tech this week.


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