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Around The Big 12: Week 4

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Baylor: I'm not sure why, but I found myself cheering for UConn this game. Robert Griffin is going to be a fabulous Big 12 quarterback, but he still needs to master some of the finer points of being a quarterback. Griffin was slowed by the UConn defense while the Baylor defense gave up 225 yards a game on the ground. The UConn quarterback never really looked down field, so I'm not sure how much the Baylor pass defense was tested. This was not a bad loss at all for Baylor. They showed poise, but they just couldn't convert plays when necessary (boxscore). Up Next: Idle

The Ralphie Report: An exciting win for Colorado over West Virgnia, on what may be the prettiest setting for a college football game in the U.S. I digress. Cody Hawkins was efficient, not spectacular, while freshman running back Rodney Stewart had 166 yards for the day. The Colorado defense held West Virginia to 43 yards passing and although Pat Wite (148 yards rushing) and Noel Devine (133 yards rushing), West Virginia just couldn't get anything going. A really good win for Colorado who have to go to Tallahassee this week (boxscore). Up Next: @ Florida State

Clone Chronicles: I'm not sure how ISU stayed in this game, but the Cyclones lost in overtime to UNLV. Iowa State converted only 2 of 14 3rd downs and managed only 306 yards in total offense. UNLV jumped out to an early 21-0 lead, and ISU went on to out-score UNLV 28-7 after half. Iowa State QB Austen Arnaud isn't throwing the ball down the field, and there isn't any ISU running back that is running all over the place. UNLV racked up 454 yards of total offense (boxscore). Up Next: Idle

Rock Chalk Talk: Kansas struggled a bit to put away Sam Houston State and the return of Rhett Bomar. Bomar (26-46, 340 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT) put up pretty good numbers against the Jayhawks, but it was the interceptions that killed the Bearcats. I'm wondering if a Big 12 quarterback with Big 12 talent is going to take advantage of that Kansas defense that gave up over 300 yards passing. It was nice to see Kansas rush for 161 yards on the ground and Todd Reesing was back on track with 356 yards in the air, 2 TD's an no interceptions. (boxscore). Up Next: Idle

Bring On The Cats: I thought that K-State may have turned the corner, with a more mature Josh Freeman and an influx of JUCO players to shore up the defense, but that's not what happened on Thursday as the Wildcats were handled by Louisville. But perhaps most of the blame should be on the shoulders of head coach Ron Prince who only rushed the ball 12 times the entire game. The defense allowed 577 yards of total offense, including 303 on the ground. K-State has one more game before conference play, and it will be interesting to see how they respond, despite the opponent being less than stellar (boxscore). Up Next: LA Lafayette

Rock M Nation: Another Big 12 team that struggled to put away an inferior opponent, Buffalo. The Bulls were only down by 6 at halftime, due in large part to 3 Missouri fumbles. Other than the fumbles, the Missouri offense moved the ball at will, gaining 590 yards of offense as Chase Daniel went 36-43 for 439 yards and 2 TD's. That aint bad. Jeremy Maclin is still pretty good (14 receptions, 168 yards receiving; 2 rushes, 25 yards rushing). The Missouri defense only allowed 49 yards on the ground (boxscore). Up Next: Idle

Corn Nation: The Cornhuskers were idle. Up Next: Virginia Tech

Crimson and Cream Machine: The Sooners were idle. Up Next: TCU

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys were idle. Up Next: Troy

Burnt Orange Nation: Colt McCoy is shaking off his sophomore slump with a very solid season thus far and is just leading the offense as much as humanly possible. I'm still a little concerned that there isn't a Longhorn running back that is stepping up. Freshman RB Cody Johson led all running backs, but McCoy (83 yards 1 TD) and John Chiles (72 yards 1 TD) led the team. The Texas defense did a great job of stopping the run, allowing only 17 yards on the ground, although Chase Clement and his mustache did manage 254 yards in the air (boxscore). Up Next: Arkansas

I Am The 12th Man: Poor Aggies. The first pass play for TAMU resulted in a beautiful Mike Goodson catch and run for 62 yards and a TD. The Aggie offense sputtered after that against an incredibly fast Miami defense. But it was the aggie defense that was the true culprit, as the Hurricanes scored on 5 connsecutive possessions in the 2nd and 3rd quarters (including a fumble return). The defensive line for TAMU was just awful at times. Sherman has a long ways to go (boxscore). Up Next: Army