#5 Oklahoma comes out on top in game that lives up to its name against #11 Oklahoma State, 62-52
“Defense? We don’t need no stinkin’ defense.” I’m officially unofficially reporting that this is a direct quote from a transcript of a secret meeting between the collective of Sooners and Cowboys in a shady back-alley somewhere in Stillwater prior to bedlam. Brace yourself for some numbers: 1446 combined total yards, 62 combined first downs and 15 combined touchdowns. Texas Tech fans may be used to these kind of games, but the bedlam series has not seen anything like this before. School records were set all over the place. Most notably, Marquise Brown set an Oklahoma single-game record with 265 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns of over 75 yards along the way. In the end, Oklahoma State’s three second half turnovers were enough to “slow down” the Cowboy offense and allow the Sooners to claim an 87th Bedlam victory.
West Virginia ends No. 15 Iowa State’s winning streak, 20-16
The darlings of the Big 12 have finally come back to earth. Iowa State may have lost, but they didn’t go down without a fight. Will Grier threw two touchdown passes and led the Mountaineers to a 20 point first half lead. The second half saw West Virginia scramble to stay afloat as the Cyclones shut down yet another offense and pitched a shutout in the second half. Despite the defensive effort, a Cyclones comeback attempt was hindered by their inability to score touchdowns in the red zone. This result causes a three-way tie for second place in the conference and also means that next week’s matchup between Iowa State and Oklahoma State looms large for both teams hoping to have a shot at the Big 12 title game.
No. 8 TCU keeps its playoff hopes alive with win at home over Texas, 24-7
Kenny Trill was nowhere to be found this week. Instead, Kenny Hill showed up and managed a balanced TCU offense without turning the ball over. Missing Sam Ehlinger for a second straight week, the Longhorns’ offense relied on Shane Buechele’s arm. Buechele was only able to deliver one touchdown and a paltry 254 passing yards on 44 attempts. The Horned Frogs completely devoured the Texas rushing attack, limiting them to just 9 yards on the ground for the entire game. This wins sets up a huge matchup for TCU against Oklahoma next week, as both are now tied for first place in the Big 12 standings.
Kansas falls to new low, loses to Baylor at home, 38-9
No need to worry Tech fans, the Red Raiders will not be THAT team that loses to a winless Baylor sqaud. Kansas beat us to the punch. The Jayhawks only managed to squeak out three field goals from their offense. Meanwhile, Baylor was able to punch it into the endzone five times. Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer shined in his first start, totaling 315 yards and three touchdowns through the air. His favorite target? Denzel Mims, who caught 5 passes for a whopping 122 yards. It’s not the solace VTM nation wants after Texas Tech’s disappointing loss on Saturday, but at least we’re not Kansas.