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BAYLOR: The Bears (3-2) were dealt a 49-21 loss by TCU over the weekend, their second straight loss after starting the year 3-0. It was a 28-21 game entering the fourth quarter, and that's when TCU put three unanswered touchdowns on the board to put the game away. The Baylor offense struggled all game, committing six turnovers, while the Horned Frogs did not turn the ball over once. Quarterback Nick Florence completed 12-of-19 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, but had four interceptions. Receiver Terrance Williams caught three passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Baylor scored on the second play from scrimmage when Florence connected with Williams for a 74-yard touchdown pass to give the Bears the early lead, 7-0. However, the Frogs answered with three straight scores to take a 21-7 lead. The schedule takes another tough turn this week as the Bears travel to Austin to face a Texas squad that will be desperate to rebound from consecutive losses.

IOWA STATE: The Cyclones were on the wrong end of a 27-21 final against No. 4 Kansas State this weekend. Despite two losses in their last three outings, the Cyclones are No. 24 in this week's BCS standings. Like most of the Wildcats' opponents, Iowa State struggled to contain dual-threat quarterback Collin Klein, who ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing for another 187 yards. His counterpart, Jared Barnett, threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-36 passing, and he also led the Cyclones' rushing attack with 35 yards on eight carries. Down by six with five minutes to play in regulation, ISU had a couple of chances but turned the ball over on downs both times. The team finished with just 19:06 of possession time, compared to 40:54 for K-State. Even in the loss, the Cyclones (4-2, 1-2) are still off to their best start since 2002 when they began the season 6-1. Iowa State will hit the road to face Oklahoma State this weekend.

KANSAS: The Jayhawks hung tough against Oklahoma State on Saturday, but they ultimately fell in a 20-14 final to drop to 1-5. KU has not tasted victory since a season-opening win over FCS foe South Dakota State on Sept. 1. Several of the team's losses have been tight contests, and Saturday was one of them. Kansas (1-5, 0-3) got another poor performance from quarterback Dayne Crist, who entered the game completing just 50 percent of his throws. Crist completed 10-of-22 for 136 yards before Charlie Weis removed him from the game in favor of Michael Cummings. Cummings was a little better, going 5-of-10 for 75 yards and a touchdown. James Sims was the most consistent offensive player for the Jayhawks, rushing for 138 yards and a touchdown on 27 tries. OSU was up 20-0 entering the final quarter when Cummings entered the game and rallied the Jayhawks to within six points with nine minutes on the clock. Next up, KU travels to Oklahoma.

KANSAS STATE: The fourth-ranked Wildcats moved to 6-0 with Saturday's 27-21 win at Iowa State. Collin Klein was once again effective on the ground and through the air, rushing for 105 yards and three touchdowns, while also completing 16-of-24 passes for 187 yards. John Hubert added 79 yards on 22 carries for the Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), who will take on West Virginia this week. It won't be a matchup of unbeatens, however, as the Mountaineers were beaten by Texas Tech this past Saturday. With Klein moving the chains early and often, K-State won the time of possession battle by more than 20 minutes. Cyclones' quarterback Jared Barnett managed just 166 yards on 16- of-36 passing, and he was also ISU's leading rusher with 35 yards. Still, following the game head coach Bill Snyder said that he'd like for his team to have played better across the board. With WVU's high-octane offense next on the docket, the defense will need to be on its toes.

OKLAHOMA: The Sooners routed 15th-ranked Texas, 63-21, to claim the latest installment of the Red River Rivalry and move to No. 10 in this week's AP poll. Blake Bell ran for four touchdowns in the first half, and Landry Jones threw for 321 yards with two scores in the victory. Jones completed 21-of-37 passes with an interception for the Sooners (4-1, 2-1 Big 12), who have won two in a row since a loss to Kansas State on Sept. 22. Damien Williams carried the ball 22 times for 167 yards and a touchdown for Oklahoma, which racked up 343 yards on the ground. Trey Millard caught five passes for 119 yards and a score. Oklahoma jumped out to a 27-2 lead before Texas recorded a first down. Bell's fourth touchdown of the first half made it 36-2 at the break, and the rout was on. The Longhorns finally scored a touchdown early in the second half on an interception return. Oklahoma has now won the last three meetings in the series, including a 55-17 triumph last season. This was the seventh straight year and the 36th time overall that both teams came into the annual clash ranked in the AP Top-25. OU had 677 yards of total offense, compared to 289 for the Longhorns. The Sooners will host Kansas this weekend and wrap up their homestand against Notre Dame the following week.

OKLAHOMA STATE: It wasn't pretty, but the Cowboys moved to 3-2 following Saturday's 20-14 win at Kansas. Leading 20-0 entering the fourth quarter, OSU allowed the Jayhawks to climb to within six with nine minutes to play before closing it out. Freshman J.W. Walsh completed 18-of-29 passes for 255 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Oklahoma State (3-2, 1-1 Big 12). Joseph Randle added 80 yards on 29 carries, while Charlie Moore reeled in five catches for 97 yards and a score. After a scoreless first quarter and a one- hour delay due to a lightning storm, OSU came to life a bit and took a 10-0 lead into intermission. The Cowboys increased their lead to 17-0 when Walsh hit Moore for a 72-yard touchdown, the longest reception of his career. Sharp hit another field goal, this time from 42 yards out, and with a 20-0 lead entering the fourth quarter, it appeared that the Cowboys had the game in hand. However, KU made a quarterback switch and it appeared to catch the Cowboys off guard. Still, they were able to hang on for the win. The Pokes will need to be much sharper for four quarters when Iowa State comes to town this week.

TCU: The Horned Frogs rebounded from their first loss of the season with a solid 49-21 road win at Baylor. Turnovers were the key to the game, as TCU notched six takeaways while not committing a single turnover on the offensive end. Trevone Boykin completed 22-of-30 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Boykin also rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to help the TCU (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) offense explode for 508 total yards. Boykin's favorite target Josh Boyce, who caught eight passes for 85 yards and one touchdown. After allowing Baylor to score on the second play from scrimmage, the Horned Frogs defense settled down as they fought back to take a 21-7 lead. Clinging to a 28-21 lead entering the final frame, TCU scored three unanswered touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to seal the victory. Up next, the Horned Frogs host Texas Tech this weekend before traveling to Oklahoma State and West Virginia.

TEXAS: After starting the year 4-0, the Longhorns have now dropped two in a row. On Saturday, they simply could not keep pace with Oklahoma, as the Sooners ran away with a 63-21 victory in the annual Red River Rivalry game. In fact, Oklahoma led 27-2 before Texas even recorded a first down. It was a 36-2 game in the third quarter when the Longhorns finally got into the end zone thanks to their defense, as Carrington Byndom intercepted a pass and went 28 yards the other way for a score. By then, however, the damage had already been done. UT, which entered the game ranked No. 15, has now tumbled out of the national rankings. David Ash connected on 13-of-29 passes for 113 yards and two interceptions for the Longhorns. Case McCoy also got some action, completing 5-of-8 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Texas has dropped three straight to OU in the head-to-head series, including a 55-17 rout last year. This was the seventh straight year both teams entered the annual matchup ranked in the AP Top-25. Texas entertains Baylor this Saturday.

TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders jumped all over No. 5 West Virginia this past Saturday, whipping the previously unbeaten Mountaineers in a 49-14 final. With the victory, Texas Tech moved to No. 18 in this week's AP poll. Seth Doege operated effectively despite strong winds, as he threw for a career-best 504 yards and six touchdowns. It marked the program's largest margin of victory over a top-five team in school history, and after the clock expired fans stormed the field to celebrate. Battling 20-30 mile-per-hour winds throughout the afternoon, Doege nearly doubled counterpart Geno Smith's passing yardage and completed 32-of-42 passes with an interception for the Red Raiders (5-1, 2-1 Big 12), who had won their first four games of the season before losing to Oklahoma last Saturday. Darrin Moore hauled in nine passes for 92 yards and three touchdowns, while Jace Amaro caught five passes for 156 yards and a score in the win. For the game, TTU outgained West Virginia, 686-428. The Red Raiders will look to stay hot this week when they travel to TCU.

WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers entered Saturday's showdown with Texas Tech ranked No. 5 in the country, while quarterback Geno Smith had established himself as an early Heisman Trophy frontrunner. However, the team, and Smith's Heisman candidacy, were left reeling after Saturday's ugly 49-14 loss. TTU quarterback Seth Doege overcame wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour to throw for a career-high 504 yards and six TDs, but Smith did not enjoy the same type of success. Coming into the contest with just 38 incompletions on the season, Smith misfired 26 times on Saturday. He had an .814 completion percentage coming into the contest. He still hasn't thrown an interception on the year, but threw for 295 yards on just 29-of-55 efficiency for West Virginia (5-1, 2-1), which had its eight-game win streak dating back to last season snapped. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia's all-time touchdown receptions leader, had six receptions for 61 yards and a score, but suffered an ankle injury in the first half and did not return. Tavon Austin had nine grabs for 114 yards in the setback. The Mountaineers were 1-of-6 on fourth down after converting on all five of their fourth-down tries in a 48-45 victory over Texas a week earlier. Now ranked 17th in the nation, WVU plays host to No. 4 Kansas State this Saturday.

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