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Around the Big 12: Regular season finale

Everything lines up for a TCU-OU rematch for the Big 12 Championship

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No. 12 TCU takes care of business against Baylor, 45-22

With a spot in the Big 12 title game on the line, Kenny Hill and company played one of their more complete games of the season. Hill threw for 325 yards, tossed 3 touchdowns and ran for another. Garry Patterson’s defense forced 3 Baylor turnovers and held the Bears to just 3 second half points. The first half, however, was more intriguing. Baylor actually jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter, and only trailed 21-19 at halftime. Charlie Brewer threw for over 300 yards, including 2 touchdowns, and was also the leading rusher for the Bears. The Horned Frogs victory earned them the chance to redeem their loss earlier this season to Oklahoma when they face them in the Big 12 championship.

Punishment doesn’t slow No.4 Oklahoma over West Virginia, 59-31

No Baker Mayfield for the coin toss, no Baker Mayfield for the first drive, and there was no problem for the Sooners. Backup Kyler Murray ripped off a 66 yard run and set up the first of 4 touchdowns on the day for Rodney Anderson. Mayfield and Murray combined for 4 more touchdowns through the air and over 300 yards of passing. West Virginia’s offense once again struggled without Will Grier. They turned to the ground attack, where both Kennedy McKoy and Justin Crawford had big days. Their efforts were not nearly enough to keep up with the machine that is the Sooners. Oklahoma looks to win yet another Big 12 championship and solidify their spot in the College Football Playoff next week in a rematch against TCU.

No. 19 Oklahoma State too much for Kansas, 58-17

This season will be remembered as one of unfulfilled expectations by the Cowboys, but they didn’t let that fact spoil their senior day. Mason Rudolph threw for 438 yards and 2 touchdowns in his final home game. He also ran in for 2 more. 3 different Oklahoma State receivers went over 100 yards: Dillon Stoner, Marcell Ateman, and James Washington. There wasn’t too much that went right for the Jayhawks this game. Peyton Bender managed to throw for 2 touchdowns, but the offense as a whole was held to just 241 yards. The loss means that Kansas will go winless this year in conference. (Fun fact: the only conference win for the Jayhawks in the last 3 seasons was last season’s victory over Texas. Horns down!)

Kansas State wins “farmageddon” over Iowa State, 20-19

“Farmageddon” lived up to the hype. In what resemble more of a Big 10 game than a Big 12 game, Skylar Thompson was the saving grace for the Wildcats. He only threw for 152 yards and 1 touchdown, but that 1 touchdown was to take the lead in the final seconds to cap off yet another Kansas State comeback. By all measures, the Cyclones should have won this game. They outgained the Wildcats both on the ground and in the air, had more first downs, held onto the ball longer, and didn’t turn the ball over. But, an inability to execute in the fourth quarter saw a 19-7 lead slip away. It ends what has been a good Iowa State season on a sour note. You can relive the crazy last moments of the game below.