Kansas got its season started on Saturday with a win over Southeast Missouri State, and if you need more insight into that contest, RCT has you covered. As for the rest of the Big XII, here’s a quick recap of all the games.
Kansas State 32, Iowa State 28
K-State quarterback Jake Waters saved the Wildcats from humiliation up in Ames, Iowa. He was 16 of 29 for 239 yards through the air but did his real damage on the ground. He led all rushers with 138 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns including an 8-yard scamper into the end zone with only 1:30 left in the game to seal the win for K-State. At one point, Iowa State was down 13-0 before scoring the next 28. Unfortunately for the 0-2 Cyclones, K-State scored the game’s final three touchdowns as KSU stayed perfect at 2-0 and 1-0 in conference play. Kansas State has the week off next week before Auburn comes to Manhattan in two Thursdays while ISU travels to in-state rival Iowa on Saturday.
Brigham Young 41, Texas 7
Last week I wrote that we may learn something about the Longhorns after the Cougars came to Austin and I think we learned that Texas has a longer road back from mediocrity than was previously thought. The 34 point loss was the worst home defeat for Texas since 1997 and while the Cougars ran and passed with relative ease (181 yards through the air and 248 yards on the ground), Texas could never get much of anything going. The Longhorns converted on only 20% of their third down attempts (3 of 15) and had the ball for almost 10 minutes less than the Cougars. It doesn’t get any easier for UT as they take on UCLA in Dallas on Saturday.
Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 7
The Sooners traveled to in-state rival Tulsa and promptly dispatched of the Golden Hurricane with ease. Quarterback Trevor Knight completed 21 of 34 for 299 yards and two touchdowns including a 54-yard strike to Sterling Shepard who set a personal best with 177 yards receiving. Oklahoma was up 21-0 after the first quarter, 31-0 at the half, and they never looked back. The competition promises to be a little tougher next week when Tennessee comes to Norman.
Oklahoma State 40, Missouri State 23
After being up 27-6 at the half, Oklahoma State looked to take their foot off the throttle a little in the second half. Missouri State outscored them 17-13 in the second half, but the outcome of the game was never in doubt. OSU QB Daxx Garman was 16 of 26 for 244 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Brandon Sheperd grabbed four balls for 131 yards and a score. Next up for the Cowboys is a home date against Texas-San Antonio.
West Virginia 54, Towson 0
After battling hard with Alabama last weekend, West Virginia handed it to tiny Towson on Saturday. Quarterback Clint Trickett spread out his passes to eleven different receivers and ended the day an outstanding 35 of 40 for 348 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers. Four different runners had TDs for WVU in what was a very balanced attack. On Saturday, West Virginia travels to Maryland to take on the newest member of the Big Ten.
Baylor 70, Northwestern State 6
Backup quarterback Seth Russell threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns in the first half. Freshman wide receiver KD Cannon caught three of those. There’s not much more to say about this game other than it was over before it even began. Baylor was up 49-3 at the half and it probably wasn’t even that close. Baylor heads north to take on Buffalo for a Friday night beat down.
Texas Tech 30, Texas-El Paso 26
Texas Tech likes to keep it close against teams that they theoretically are far superior than. Last week it was Central Arkansas, and this time it was UTEP. The Miners are usually a pretty good football team and everyone suspected that this road trip would be difficult for the Red Raiders and it proved to be just that. In fact, Texas Tech was down to the Miners until the 2:32 mark of the fourth quarter when Davis Webb found Bradley Marquez for the winning nine-yard score. The Red Raiders play Arkansas next weekend back in Lubbock.
Up-to-date Big XII Standings:
Kansas State 2-0, 1-0
Baylor 2-0, 0-0
Oklahoma 2-0, 0-0
Texas Tech 2-0, 0-0
TCU 1-0, 0-0
Kansas 1-0, 0-0
Oklahoma State 1-1, 0-0
Texas 1-1, 0-0
West Virginia 1-1, 0-0
Iowa State 0-2, 0-1