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BAYLOR: The game of the year so far in the Big 12 -- excluding defensive-
minded fans -- took place this past Saturday in Morgantown. The Bears had
the misfortune of being on the losing team in the Big 12's highest-scoring
game ever, as they fell to ninth-ranked West Virginia, 70-63. Nick Florence
broke Heisman winner and predecessor Robert Griffin III's school record with
581 yards in the loss, also throwing for five TDs. The game set a record for
the most points scored involving a team ranked in the Associated Press poll.
The previous mark of 124 was set in No. 12 Oklahoma's 82-42 win over Colorado
in 1980. The Bears' Terrance Williams set a Big 12 record with 314 yards
receiving, and the combined 19 touchdowns tied an FBS mark. Baylor tied an FBS
mark for the most points scored by a losing team. The Bears will get a bye
this week as they try to tighten the screws on defense before hosting TCU on
IOWA STATE: Coming off a bye week, the Cyclones suffered their first loss of
the season, falling at home to Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener, 24-13. The
Cyclones (3-1, 0-1) struggled on offense as they generated a total of just 189
yards, far below the 429.0 ypg they were averaging coming into the weekend.
Quarterback Steele Jantz hit on 10-of-20 passes for 73 yards and a score, but
he was taken down for four sacks and was picked off three times in the team's
first loss of the campaign. The first touchdown of the game came from the Iowa
State defense as A.J. Klein stepped in front of a Doege pass over the middle
and raced 87 yards the other way to give the Cyclones a 7-0 lead with just
under two minutes remaining in the first quarter. However, Texas Tech tied the
game in the second quarter and then pulled away late. The Cyclones, who rank
17th in the nation in scoring defense (14.0 ppg) but only 88th in scoring
offense (24.3 ppg), travel to TCU on Saturday.
KANSAS: The Jayhawks (1-3) were idle this weekend. They will try to snap a
three-game slide when they visit in-state rival Kansas State on Saturday.
KANSAS STATE: The unbeaten and seventh-ranked Wildcats (4-0) had the weekend
off. Coming off a 24-19 win at Oklahoma two weekends ago, they'll try to
improve to 5-0 when they host Kansas on Saturday.
OKLAHOMA: The Sooners (2-1) were idle for the second time in the last two
weekends. They suffered their first defeat the last time out, 24-19 at home to
Kansas State, and will try to rebound at Texas Tech this Saturday.
OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys dropped to 2-2 following Saturday's 41-36 home
loss to Texas. They were coming off a bye week, and will get another weekend
off this Saturday. The Longhorns scored the game-winning touchdown with 29
seconds remaining as they finished off a long drive late in regulation to stun
OSU. Joseph Randle ran for a career-high 199 yards and added two scores on 25
carries, while J.W. Walsh finished with 301 yards, two touchdowns and one
interception on 18-of-27 passing for the Cowboys (2-2, 0-1) who have not
beaten Texas in Stillwater since 1997. Josh Stewart and John Goodlett caught
touchdown passes in the setback. Oklahoma State leads the nation in both
scoring offense (55.8 ppg) and total offense (659 ypg), but the team has
yielded an average of 41.3 points over the last three contests. As the Cowboys
get into the heart of their Big 12 schedule beginning at Kansas next weekend,
they must find a way to clamp down on defense.
TCU: The 15th-ranked Horned Frogs traveled to SMU and came away with a 24-16
victory to improve to 4-0. Casey Pachall tossed a pair of touchdown passes and
Matthew Tucker rushed for 56 yards and a score in the victory. Pachall
completed just 10-of-26 passes for 107 yards, but the Horned Frogs picked off
Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert five times to help TCU pick up its 12th
consecutive win. After failing to pick up a first down on 3rd-and-4 late in
the fourth quarter, the Horned Frogs lined up to punt, but Ethan Perry bobbled
the snap and was tackled for a 22-yard loss. The Mustangs took over on TCU's
35 and needed just two plays to pull within 24-16 on Gilbert's 29-yard
touchdown pass to Der'rikk Thompson. Chase Hover missed the extra point. TCU
failed to convert a 4th-and-3 opportunity and gave the ball back to SMU, but
Gilbert was picked off with 28 seconds left, and the Horned Frogs held on for
the win. Although it was a little too close for comfort, TCU was able to
extend the nation's longest active winning streak, thanks in part to the
defense forcing six turnovers. The team's last loss came in overtime to SMU
TEXAS: The 11th-ranked Longhorns had to pull off some late magic to claim a
41-36 win at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Trailing, 36-34, Texas began the
decisive drive at its own 25. After throwing an incompletion on first down,
and running for no gain on second down, the Longhorns faced a critical 3rd-
and-10 with 1:48 to play. David Ash hit Jeremy Hills for a short four-yard
gain, bringing up 4th-and-6. Showing excellent composure, Ash dropped back
and connected with D.J. Grant in stride for 29 yards down to the Oklahoma
State 42. Ash found Mike Davis for 32 more yards on 2nd-and-5 and Joe Bergeron
capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown push, putting the Longhorns in front.
The play was reviewed, as it appeared that Bergeron lost the ball in the scrum
at the goal line, but the call was upheld. Ash finished with 304 yards, three
touchdowns and one interception on 30-of-37 passing, while Bergeron had two
scores and ran for 48 yards on 15 carries for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12),
who are 13-2 under coach Mack Brown in Big 12 openers.
TEXAS TECH: Seth Doege threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns as the Texas
Tech Red Raiders came from behind to capture a 24-13 win over Iowa State.
Texas Tech entered the week ranked second in the nation in total offense
(597.7 ypg) and sixth in scoring (50.3 ppg). The squad, saddled with 11
penalties for a loss of 80 yards, generated just 395 yards of total offense.
Doege converted 30-of-46 passes for the Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0 Big 12),
surviving three sacks and a couple of interceptions as the team remained
undefeated on the campaign. Eric Ward accounted for nine catches for 122 yards
and a score. One of Doege's interceptions came late in the first quarter, as
ISU's A.J. Klein stepped in front of a pass and returned it 87 yards the other
way for a TD. However, Doege settled down, and the Red Raiders pulled away
late to secure the win.
WEST VIRGINIA: Geno Smith turned in the most gaudy stat line of the 2012
college football season, and in the process throwing his name atop the Heisman
list. Smith had more touchdown passes than incompletions (six), as he finished
the game 45-of-51. He has yet to throw an interception this season. Among the
other records, Smith set school single-game marks for completions, yards (656)
and touchdown passes (eight). Stedman Bailey had 303 yards receiving and a
school-record five TDs. His receiving total was a Big 12 record that lasted
only a matter of minutes, as Baylor's Terrance Williams finished with 314
yards. Bailey and Tavon Austin, who caught 14 passes for 215 yards, became the
first FBS teammates with 200 yards receiving since 2007. Bailey became West
Virginia's all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 26, while Austin
passed David Saunders to become the Mountaineers' all-time leader in receiving
yards with 2,684. West Virginia amassed a school-record 807 yards in the
victory, although it is rather remarkable to think that had the team scored
only 62 points, it would have resulted in a loss. Still, going back to the
Orange Bowl, WVU has scored 10 touchdowns three times in its last five games.
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