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Big XII Conference Recap: Week 2

Kansas lost to Memphis, 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.

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Kansas State 30 Texas-San Antonio 3

Hey, no phallic symbols or "rival" mascots on the field! Well done, UTSA. Junior QB Joe Hubener went 12 of 23 for 246 yards in his first start for the Wildcats as they outmatched the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 58 yards and a touchdown. Other than that, it was just another ho-hum K-State non-conference victory. Next up, the Wildcats host Louisiana Tech.

West Virginia 41 Liberty 17

Turner Gill’s Liberty Flames were no match for a Big XII opponent (sound familiar?) as West Virginia rolled in Morgantown. Mountaineer’s QB Skyler Howard was 21 of 26 for 263 yards and three touchdowns. All-in-all, nine West Virginia receivers caught passes today. The Mountaineers have a bye next week before it gets significantly tougher. They host Maryland two Saturdays from now.

Texas Tech 69 UTEP 20

Well, Texas Tech can score, that’s for sure. And this time, their defense showed up and played some football too. This was the second straight game that the Red Raider defense held a team scoreless in the third quarter, and it’s the second straight time that the offense has put the game away in that time. Texas Tech might not want to play with that dangerous combination next week when they travel to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas.

TCU 70 Stephen F. Austin 7

As expected, this was a blowout from the get go. It was 35-0 Horned Frogs at the half, and the lead was extended to 56-0 by the time that 45 minutes had expired. It was 63-0 before the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin got on the scoreboard. TCU QB Trevone Boykin was pulled after completing 18 of 27 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns. Kolby Listenbee caught six of those for 142 yards and a score. Next up for TCU: a home game against SMU.

Iowa 31 Iowa State 17

Ah, the Iowa Derby or whatever it’s called in American football terms. This was the first watchable game of the day featuring a Big XII team. Note: I didn’t bother to watch it. Iowa State was up 17-10 at the half but wound up squandering that by giving up 21 unanswered points in the second 30 minutes. ISU travels to Toledo to face the team that just knocked of Arkansas.

Oklahoma 31 Tennessee 24

Oklahoma was down for the majority of this game but a 14-0 second half propelled the Sooners to a an overtime victory over Tennessee. In that overtime, the Volunteers scored first, forced OU into a must score situation. On a fourth down and goal situation, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield scrambled home to tie the score. After scoring to start the second OT, Zach Sanchez intercepted a third and 12 try by Tennessee and sending Boomer Sooner land into delirium. Oklahoma hosts Tulsa next weekend.

Oklahoma State 32 Central Arkansas 8

Cowboy’s Quarterback Mason Rudolf threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns as Okie State outlasted the Bears of Central Arkansas. David Glidden did the majority of the work on the receiving end, catching four passes for 145 yards. OSU gets another chance at victory next week when they host UT-San Antonio.

Baylor 66 Lamar 31

I said it last week and this week was nothing new - Baylor again gained an atrocious amount of total yards in their easy win. This time they totaled 785 yards, with 412 of those coming on the ground. But today was wide receiver Corey Coleman’s day. He caught six passes for 182 yards and four of those were for touchdowns. Baylor has the week off before they destroy Rice.

Texas 42 Rice 28

Speaking of Rice, they are not good. How not good? Even the hapless Texas Longhorns could beat them. Texas opted to use freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard and he responded by throwing two touchdowns and running for 96 yards in the win over the Owls. We’ll see what he can do when the Longhorns host California next weekend.

Up-to-date Big XII Standings:

Baylor 2-0

Kansas State 2-0

Oklahoma 2-0

Oklahoma State 2-0

TCU 2-0

Texas Tech 2-0

West Virginia 2-0

Iowa State 1-1

Texas 1-1

Kansas 0-2