Big 12 Roundup | UT Blown Out by Ole Miss; ISU and KU Lose

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Longhorns continue their struggles, this time at home, to Old Miss. Iowa St. loses to in-state rival Iowa and Kansas loses to Rice.

Our Daily Bears (Baylor Bears) Bye week.

Wide Right & Natty Lite (Iowa St. Cyclones) Don't let the one-possession score fool you - this game was over when Jake Rudock punched in a 1 yard touchdown to put the Hawks up 27-7 in the 4th. Iowa State simply couldn't stop Mark Weisman, and so they just ran him off-tackle over and over again. By the second quarter, Iowa had figured this out and began running 13-14 play drives with only one play-action pass. But the defense bent more than they broke, and might have had a chance if they could have ever gotten off the field. Iowa won the time of possession battle by almost 17 minutes. The continued insistence on trying to run up the middle behind the third string center on an already young offensive line was bad enough, but after the 8th time that horizontal pass to the sideline was stopped for no gain, one would think a BCS level coordinator would be able to notice that Iowa's contain was actually pretty good, and adjust their gameplan accordingly. But we don't have a BCS level Offensive Coordinator. What we have is a Mess. (Link)

Rock Chalk Talk (Kansas Jayhawks) The road losing streak continues for the Jayhawks as they fall to the Rice Owls 23-14. Lots of mixed thoughts and emotions going on right now about this season, team, and program. The Jayhawk defense certainly performed well enough to earn a win tonight. Rice gained only 370 yards on the night, even though they had the ball about 10 minutes longer than the Jayhawks. The Kansas secondary kept the Rice receivers in check for most of the night, breaking up passes and picking off a pass to set up the second touchdown of the game for the offense. Ben Heeney seemed to be all over the place. Dexter McDonald did a nice job in pass coverage, breaking up 3 passes. This game was lost by the offense, I don't think anyone can say otherwise. Multiple opportunities to play field position were thrown away by curious (I'm looking at you backwards pass) play-calling. Dropped passes all over the place. The bread and butter ground game was close to non-existent, finishing the game with 100 yards total. Somehow, Jake Heaps finished the game with 11 carries credited to him, though I'd estimate half of those were passing plays that ended up with Heaps running the ball or being sacked. Darrian Miller, Brandon Bourbon, and Tony Pierson combined for FOUR carries for 19 yards. FOUR ******* carries. (Link)

Bring On The Cats (Kansas St. Wildcats) terribly shaky throughout, but two Waters touchdown passes, 118 rushing yards from John Hubert and 77 more (and a score) from Daniel Sams, and two Kip Daily interceptions -- one returned for a touchdown -- lifted the Wildcats over the Minutemen in Manhattan. Without having actually seen the game, I can only speak to what the play-by-play shows, and to the reaction of fans as they watched. The Cats weren't impressive tonight. The defense was, once again, soft; after the first quarter they stiffened when it mattered, but against the opponent they were facing I don't know that this is really a cause for optimism. The second unit got some airtime late and looked relatively decent. (Link)

Crimson and Cream Machine (Oklahoma Sooners) Blake Bell had the most successful passing debut for a Sooner quarterback in the history of the program on Saturday. His 413 yards through the air were more than Sam Bradford, Jason White and Landry Jones when they made their debuts. However, the next step in the great Oklahoma quarterback debate of 2013 begins as we propose the question, has the Sooner passing game been stagnant due to ability, defensive scheme or play-calling? My opinion is that Bell’s performance on Saturday showed that the answer is, in fact, all of the above. There's no question that Tulsa is the worst of the three defense that Oklahoma has played this season. As a result, it's easy to say that was the primary factor in Bell's success but you can't question the plays that Bell made. He hit wide open receivers where Knight had missed them in previous games. He hit the swing pass on the money and was able to hit receivers downfield and in stride. Those are all things that had been missing in Oklahoma's previous two games but were very much a part of the Sooner offense on Saturday. It goes without saying that a quarterback has to be able to make passes and that's exactly what Bell did on Saturday. (Link)

Cowboys Ride For Free (Oklahoma St. Cowboys) Walsh's accuracy can be iffy sometimes, but his decision making is almost always excellent. His first interception of the season was clearly on him, throwing high and behind Seales down the middle; A week after La Tech gouged Lamar for 250+ on the ground, the Cowboys actually seemed to struggle a bit running the ball. Of course the offense looked a bit out of sync for most of the first half; For someone who had supposedly had a relapse of the dropsies so bad that coaches moved T. Moore inside, Blake Jackson hasn't dropped a single pass that has come his way and has what could be the most spectacular catch of the season; Ateman and Seales are going to be a scary pair. Add in Samples, who it looks like might redshirt this season, along with Hayes, Webb, etc, and this group is not only deep now, but looks to remain so for several years . . . (Link)

Burnt Orange Nation (Texas Longhorns) What is there to say? Kudos to McCoy for managing the game in a way that he hasn't recently? Kudos to Greg Robinson and a defense that competed and even found some success at times? The same tired refrain from Brown that this is unacceptable? And, by the way, the Texas head coach opted to avoid saying that this time. Which is something, I guess. Anger is an emotion that has left the building like hang-dog Texas players after failing to defend their home field once again -- It's far past that point. And words for this? It just seems pointless -- keystrokes with no meaning. The only thing that matters is the expedition of Mack Brown's removal as the head coach at Texas. In the sense that yet another home loss furthers that end, there's a cynically numb side that sees this game as nothing but a success. Perhaps that says more about the current state of affairs than anything else. Past that, the words are hard to come by. What else is there to say? (Link)

Barking Carnival (Texas Longhorns) While the human story can be lost in far too many business decisions, it's the human story turned into a personality cult that overwhelmed our capacity to make the right business decision for far too long. The myth-making machine in Bellmont created that cult to its self-serving, eternal shame. They have never had much embarrassment in gorging at the trough while remaining contemptuous of the fans who provided their meal. It never was Mack Brown Texas Football. It's Texas Football. And those are still work uniforms. That simple DKR mentality - from which an entire no-frills, hard-nosed program culture evolved - is so long forgotten in Austin, sometimes I think I'm reading about Camelot. We've replaced the blue-collar, tedious work of real archaeology - toothbrushes and chamois painstakingly unearthing and preserving the foundations of program culture - with mythomania and false threads of connection. Mack Brown as DKR's cultural successor? Aside from a shared solid ethical grounding, were there men ever more dissimilar as coaches? There is no Lady in Town Lake handing out swords. And real history tells us that most crowns are wrested from bloody scalps by dirty, sweat-covered hands. In the end, all kings depose themselves, by neglect or by choice. Serve the program. Serve the players. Serve the fans. It's time. (Link)

Frogs O War (TCU Horned Frogs) Failure in playcalling- Casey Pachall did not participate in this game, but you wouldn't be able to tell that from the way the plays were called in the first half. The TCU running game works- right now it is the one consistent good about this team, and we didn't stick to it all night. The zone read, option to the outside and inside the tackle runs were there for the taking all game, but the Frogs tried to pass their way out of trouble. The key stat of the game was third down conversion rate, where TCU went an absolutely mind-boggling 1-11 on third down for the first three quarters of the game. The reason for that? Bad playcalls and penalties that consistently put TCU in third and forever situations. Boykin can be a good third down quarterback (remember Baylor last year) but you have to give him third and six or less for his legs to be enough of a threat to open up the passing lanes. Finally getting the ball back after a load of controversy on tech's second touchdown possession, the Frogs again abandoned the running game when they had three time outs and about four minutes left. I love Patterson and know he's fiercely loyal to his guys, but Jarrett Anderson has been a miserable failure as playcaller- it needs to be addressed. (Link)

The Smoking Musket (West Virginia Mountaineers) After a slow start that saw WVU head into the halftime locker room up only 17-0 and saw GSU score a 3rd quarter TD that cut it to 17-7, the Mountaineers finally wore down the Panthers, scoring the final 24 points of the game. While the performance certainly didn't have the feel of a high-powered offensive showing, it looked plenty good on paper. WVU totaled 604 yards with 245 on the ground and 359 through the air. Overcoming some early underthrows and an uneven start, quarterback Ford Childress set a WVU record for single game production by a freshman signalcaller (breaking Scott McBrien's record), going 25/41 for 359 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception. He seemed to get more comfortable as the game wore on but has a lot to work on as WVU prepares for Maryland next week. "I liked his poise" Holgorsen told WVU sideline reporter Jed Drenning after the game. "He did a relatively good job of taking care of the ball." Despite solid numbers from the offense, there was much concern showed with the WVU offensive line - radio play-by-play man Tony Caridi called the performance "unacceptable" in the fourth quarter. Coach Dana Holgorsen had replaced center Tyler Orlosky with Pat Eger earlier in the week, but the change didn't seem to yield very positive results as the Panthers consistently got pressure in the WVU backfield and disrupted the offense. (Link)

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