Big 12 Conference News and Notes

10:31 AM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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BAYLOR: The Bears (3-1) had the week off after falling the previous week at West Virginia in a shootout, 70-63. They'll face TCU and Texas over the next two weeks.

IOWA STATE: The Cyclones are 4-1 following Saturday's 37-23 upset win at 15th- ranked TCU. Jared Barnett, making his first start since the Pinstripe Bowl last season, threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns in the win. All three of those TD passes went to Josh Lenz, who finished with a career-high 147 receiving yards and also threw for one. Midway through the fourth quarter, David Irving tipped a pass, intercepted it and ran 21 yards for a touchdown to stake Iowa State a 14-point cushion. The Cyclones were able to hang on to snap the nation's longest win streak and beat a ranked team for the third straight season for the first time in school history. They took advantage of five TCU turnovers to win despite being out-gained, 455-350. ISU, which ranks 18th nationally in scoring defense (15.8 ppg) hosts Kansas State this Saturday.

KANSAS: The bye week did not help the Jayhawks, who suffered a lopsided 56-16 setback at Kansas State over the weekend to fall to 1-4. Dayne Crist connected on 16-of-27 passes for 189 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for the Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2), who have lost four in a row since starting the season with a win over South Dakota State. James Sims rushed for 115 yards and a score on 28 carries. However, the defense allowed K-State to put up eight touchdowns in only 30 plays as the Wildcats claimed the Sunflower Showdown for the fourth straight season. After holding the ball for nearly 22 minutes in the first half and trailing 21-14 at the break, the Jayhawks turned the ball over three times in the third quarter and KSU put 28 points on the board. Through five contests, Kansas ranks 97th in the nation in total defense (446.2 ypg) and are 109th in scoring offense (20.0 ppg). The Jayhawks will try to right the ship when Oklahoma State comes to town this Saturday.

KANSAS STATE: The sixth-ranked Wildcats cruised to a 56-16 win over Kansas on Saturday. John Hubert carried the ball 10 times for 101 yards and four touchdowns. Collin Klein completed 7-of-14 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12), who are unbeaten after five games for the second straight season. Klein also carried the ball 10 times for 116 yards and two scores. Tyler Lockett and Travis Tannahill caught TD passes for Kansas State, which scored 35 points in the second half. The Wildcats racked up 346 yards on the ground and 475 yards overall. Despite the comfortable final cushion, head coach Bill Snyder said after the game that he was angry about the team's slow start. The defense gave up 175 rushing yards in the game, the most surrendered by the Wildcats since allowing 215 yards on the ground to Iowa State last season, whom they play this coming weekend. Leading 21-14, K-State put the game away with a 28-point third quarter.

OKLAHOMA: The 13th-ranked Sooners rebounded from their first loss of the season by notching a 41-20 win at Texas Tech on Saturday, handing the Red Raiders their first loss of the season. The win also served as some revenge for a home loss to TTU last season, which broke the Sooners' 39-game win streak in Norman. Oklahoma is now 19-0 in games following a regular-season loss dating back to 2004. It also marked the team's first win in Lubbock since 2003. Landry Jones completed 25-of-40 passes for 259 yards and threw touchdowns to Justin Brown and Kenny Stills. Blake Bell scored on a pair of one-yard runs as OU looked sharp coming off a bye week. Javon Harris put the game away midway through the third quarter with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown, which gave OU a 38-13 lead. The Sooners look to stay in the Big 12 title hunt when they face No. 15 Texas in the annual Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl in Texas.

OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys (2-2) were idle for the second time in a span of three weeks. They suffered a 41-36 home loss to Texas their last time out and will travel to Kansas this week.

TCU: It was a rough week for the Horned Frogs, who suffered their first loss of the season as Iowa State came into Amon G. Carter Stadium and notched a 37-23 victory. Entering the game, the Horned Frogs had been one of the best defensive teams in the country, ranking second in the FBS with just 7.3 points per game allowed and seventh with 255.8 yards allowed. However, the defense struggled on this day. For TCU (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), the loss puts an end to the nation's longest active win streak, as the Horned Frogs had won 12 straight dating back to last season. It also marks their first loss to a conference opponent as a new member of the Big 12. The Horned Frogs had also won an NCAA- best 25 straight conference games. The Horned Frogs were forced to face Iowa State without junior starting quarterback Casey Pachall, who was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of DWI and suspended by head coach Gary Patterson for at least a game, possibly more. Without Pachall, the Horned Frogs turned to redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin, who responded with a tough performance, going 23-of-40 for 270 yards and a touchdown. Boykin also threw three interceptions, with two in the fourth quarter, taking TCU out of contention.

TEXAS: The 15th-ranked Longhorns (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season against now No. 5 West Virginia, 48-45. David Ash connected on 22-of-29 throws for 269 yards, including an 8-yard TD pass to Marquise Goodwin with 15 seconds remaining. However, West Virginia recovered the ensuing onside kick and sent the Longhorns (4-1, 1-1) to their eighth straight loss when facing a team ranked in the top-25. After the game, head coach Mack Brown said he's having trouble with how many rushing yards the team is giving up. WVU, which ranks second nationally in passing offense, gashed the Longhorns for 192 yards on the ground. Texas is ranked ninth in the conference and 83rd nationally in run defense, allowing 182.4 ypg on the ground. Joe Bergeron had four rushing touchdowns for the Longhorns. His 4-yard scamper up the middle gave the Longhorns a 38-34 edge in the final minute of the third quarter. However, the Mountaineers reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter and never looked back. The Longhorns will try to tighten up the defense when they visit Oklahoma this week for the latest installment of the Red River Rivalry.

TEXAS TECH: Texas Tech got roughed up at home by Oklahoma, 41-20. The Red Raiders had their worst defensive performance this year, giving up 380 total yards after coming in ranked No. 1 in the nation. Seth Doege led Texas Tech to a victory over Oklahoma last season, but struggled on Saturday and was unable to replicate the same result. Doege finished 22-of-36 for 203 yards and was intercepted three times, with his third returned by Javon Harris for a score that put the game out of reach for the Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1), who were denied a 5-0 start for the second consecutive season. SaDale Foster and Kenny Williams each ran for a score for Texas Tech, but were limited on the ground. Foster ran for 44 yards on 11 carries while Williams rushed seven times for 24 yards. After the game, Red Raiders head coach Tommy Tuberville pointed to the lack of a rushing game as a critical factor in the outcome. Texas Tech trailed just 24-13 at halftime, but its first two possessions of the second half stalled and led to Oklahoma touchdowns. The team will try to get that corrected before fifth-ranked West Virginia comes to town this weekend.

WEST VIRGINIA: Geno Smith threw four touchdown passes and Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and a pair of scores, including the game-sealing TD with under two minutes left, as fifth-ranked West Virginia earned a wild 48-45 win over No. 15 Texas. Smith finished 25-of-35 for 268 yards for the Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0 Big 12), who got three TD receptions from Stedman Bailey. Tavon Austin caught 10 passes for 102 yards and a score. It wasn't quite the record-setting performance from last week, when Smith set school marks with eye-popping totals of 656 passing yards and eight touchdown throws in a 70-63 win over Baylor. However, Smith said the Mountaineers knew they were going to have to run the ball against the Longhorns and their relentless pass rush. The plan worked, although the Mountaineers still found plenty of success through the air. Smith now has 24 TD passes this season without an interception. WVU boasts college football's top receiving tandem at the moment, as Tavon Austin (58 rec, 662 yds, 8 TD) and Stedman Bailey (49 rec, 710 yds, 13 TD) are among the national leaders in every receiving category. WVU plays at Texas Tech this weekend.

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