Around the Big 12: Week 3

Around the Big 12 footballs

Here's a look at the rest of the Big 12 games from Week 3.

Kansas

Les Miles got his first big win with the Jayhawks Friday night when Kansas blew out Boston College 48-24 on the road. After a slow start, the Jayhawks dominated the game from the second quarter and shut out BC in the second half. Running backs Pooka Williams Jr and Khalil Herbert led an impressive ground attack rushing for 329 combined yards. Now that Kansas has gotten its first road win over a Power 5 team since 2008, the Jayhawks hope that momentum carries them into their conference opener at home against West Virginia. 

Kansas State

Kansas State matched its in-state rival’s performance as the Wildcats’ new head coach also got his first landmark win. Chris Klieman’s squad completed their own road upset by taking down Mississippi State 31-24 in Starkville, Mississippi. Both teams turned the ball over three times apiece, and the game was close the entire way. Quarterback Skyler Thompson found Dalton Schoen for the late go-ahead touchdown, and the Wildcats finished off the Bulldogs by stopping MSU on fourth down with 2:35 left. After avenging last year’s home loss to the Bulldogs, K-State has next week off ahead of its trip to Stillwater.

West Virginia

West Virginia had a less-than-ideal start to the season. The Mountaineers held off upset-minded James Madison and got dominated by Missouri in their first two games. However, WVU may have turned its season around with its 44-27 win over NC State. The first half was an even affair that resulted in a 21-21 halftime score. But the second half was all West Virginia. Quarterback Austin Kendall threw three touchdowns and Kennedy McKoy added two scores on the ground. The Mountaineers will now feel a lot better about next week’s trip to Kansas.

Iowa State

It’s always a big weekend in Ames, Iowa, when the Iowa Hawkeyes come to town, but the moment was made much bigger by College GameDay’s first ever trip to Iowa State. The annual rivalry showdown has a history of interesting games, but this edition was made more memorable by two separate weather delays. The Cyclones outgained Iowa by over 100 yards but muffed a late punt when two ISU players collided. Iowa recovered the fumble to secure the 18-17 win. ISU hosts University of Louisiana-Monroe next weekend and will hopes to regroup before conference play. 

TCU

TCU broke into the AP top 25 rankings this week after a commanding 34-13 road win against Purdue. The Horned Frogs outrushed the Boilermakers by an incredible margin of 346 to 23 yards and didn’t surrender a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter. TCU’s defense has been fantastic through its first two games, although the offense has had slow starts. The Horned Frogs will need their defense to play well next week as they take on cross-town rival SMU, which is averaging 44.3 points per game. 

Oklahoma

The Sooners dominated UCLA in the Rose Bowl, winning 48-14. Quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 289 yards and rushed for 150, scoring four total touchdowns. Receiver Charleston Rambo took full advantage of his five catches, totaling 116 yards and two scores. OU recorded 611 yards of total offense while allowing 311 to the Bruins. The Sooners now have an off week ahead of their conference opener at home against Texas Tech.

Texas

Texas cruised to a 48-13 win over the Rice Owls at NRG Stadium in Houston. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw three touchdown passes, and Keaontay Ingram rushed for two more. The Longhorns held Rice to 266 total yards, and the Owls didn’t score until the fourth quarter. Texas will now prepare to host Oklahoma State next week. After their loss to LSU, the Longhorns will especially want to win this game to prove they are a Big 12 title contender this year.

Texas Tech

The Big 12’s week ended on a bit of a sour note as Texas Tech fell to Arizona 28-14 on the road Saturday night. Although Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate struggled to throw against the Raider defense, his 129 rushing yards led the Wildcats to a 314-yard performance on the ground. After taking a 20-14 lead, the Wildcats forced a punt. The Raiders pinned Arizona at its own one-yard line, but the Wildcats used 13 consecutive runs to drive 99 yards and scored to put the game away. TTU has a week to regroup before traveling to Norman to face the Sooners. 

Baylor

Baylor had a bye week. The Bears (2-0) will travel to Rice this week.

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