#5 Auburn 20, #20 Kansas State 14
It was Auburn’s first non-conference road win against a ranked team in 30 years, and the Tigers won it in unconventional fashion (for them), through the air. Auburn came into the game ranked seventh nationally on the ground but mustered just 128 yards rushing against K-State. Instead, Auburn won it through the air where Nick Marshall was 17 of 31 for 231 yards and threw both of Auburn’s TDs.
Even with a decent Auburn performance, the game was there for K-State, but the typically sound Wildcats made an array of errors. Kicker Jack Cantele will get most of the heat after missing three field goals, but QB Jake Waters threw an interception in the end zone and had another crucial fumble (although the INT wasn't really on Waters, as it hit Lockett in the numbers and bounced up in the air). K-State will try to get back to winning ways next weekend when UTEP comes to Manhattan.
#4 Oklahoma 45, West Virginia 33
At 24-24 at the half, this game was more than living up to its billing. West Virginia wasn’t just hanging with the fourth ranked Sooners, and with just minutes left in the first half, they were leading and looking to take a touchdown lead into the half when Oklahoma’s Alex Ross took the ensuing kick off back for an Oklahoma TD. It was tied at the half, but the momentum had switched to OU.
The third quarter proved to be the difference with Oklahoma’s stud freshman running back Samaje Perine doing damage. Over the course of the game, Perine pounded for 242 yards on the ground and four scores, two coming in that game changing third quarter.
West Virginia’s Clint Trickett was his usual self through the air compiling 376 yards on 25 of 41 passing, but threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Sticking with the Sooners is a positive step for West Virginia who looked lost last season, and they look to get back to winning ways against Kansas in two weeks. That same Saturday, Oklahoma travels to TCU.
Up-to-date Big XII Standings:
Oklahoma 4-0, 1-0
Kansas State 2-1, 1-0
Baylor 3-0, 0-0
TCU 2-0, 0-0
Oklahoma State 2-1, 0-0
Texas Tech 2-1, 0-0
Kansas 2-1, 0-0
Texas 1-2, 0-0
West Virginia 2-2, 0-1
Iowa State 1-2, 0-1