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As we get deeper in to the meat of the Big 12 schedule, we find ourselves left with more questions than ever.
The Red River Shootout turned in to the Red River Blowout as Oklahoma thumped Texas 63-21. Texas didn’t get across the 50 yard line until the end of the first half and didn’t get their first 1st down until the 3rd quarter. Longhorn QB David Ash left the game in the 2nd half with what appeared to be a badly injured wrist. Oklahoma dominated every facet of the game and is looking much better than they did just a couple of weeks ago. The Sooners return home next week to face Kansas, while the Longhorns return home to face Baylor.
Baylor lost at home to TCU 49-21. The Bears managed to make Redshirt Freshman backup QB Trevone Boykin look like a Heisman candidate as Baylor’s defense had no answer for anything the Horned Frogs did. Baylor turning the ball over 6 types certainly didn’t help matters any either. TCU returns home to face Texas Tech next week, while Baylor heads to Austin to take on the Longhorns.
In the shocker of the day, Texas Tech upset West Virginia at home by a score of 49-14. The Red Raiders completely shut down The Mountaineers offense and Heisman candidate Geno Smith. Tech QB Seth Doege threw for 499 yards, with 6 TD’s and 1 interception in the dominating performance. WVU returns home to take on #3 Kansas State while Texas Tech travels to Ft. Worth to take on TCU.
Closer Than Anyone Thought
Oklahoma State narrowly escaped their trip to Lawrence with a 20-14 win over Kansas. It looks as though the Dayne Crist experiment may be over for the Jayhawks as he was replaced in the 3rd quarter with KU down 20-0. James Sims rushed for 1 touchdown after the QB switch and Crist’s replacement, freshman Michael Cummings threw for another in the 4th quarter. Although it was thought that OSU QB Wes Lunt would be back this week, freshman JW Walsh played the entire game for the Cowboys and finished with 255 yards passing, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Oklahoma State hosts Iowa State next week while the Jayhawks make the trip to Norman to take on OU.
Kansas State remained undefeated with a 27-21 victory over Iowa State in Ames. All of the K-State touchdowns came on the ground via runs by QB Colin Klein, while Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett threw for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Both of these defenses look like they may be able to wreak havoc on the high powered offenses of the Big 12 the rest of this season. The Wildcats make their first trip to Morgantown next week to take on West Virginia, while Cyclones go to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State.
So What Did We Learn?
West Virginia is not unbeatable, and Kansas State is firmly in control of the conference. Oklahoma doesn’t look like the pushover it did early in the season, while Texas and Baylor will be playing this week for their bowl eligibility lives. Texas Tech looks improved, and Iowa State’s defense is going to keep them in games. I’m still not sure exactly what to make of TCU and Oklahoma State, but everyone knows exactly what to make of Kansas.