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Big 12 Roundup & Recap: Kansas Almost Shocks Texas

Week 8 in the books, Texas nearly lost to Kansas, again.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 19 Kansas at Texas Photo by Allan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#15 Texas Longhorns (5-2, 3-1) 50, Kansas Jayhawks (2-5, 0-4) 48

The Kansas Jayhawks did nearly everything right as 21-point underdogs against the No. 15 Texas Longhorns on Saturday night at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, but weren’t able to stop junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger and his wide receivers on the game-deciding drive as sophomore kicker Cameron Dicker coolly knocked through a 33-yard field goal as time expired to avoid the worst loss of head coach Tom Herman’s tenure.

The Jayhawks very nearly toppled the Texas Longhorns for the second time in four years tonight. The offense did everything it needed to, but the defense simply couldn’t stop, or even slow down, the Texas offensive attack, as KU fell 50-48 in a shootout. It seems that “get Pooka the ball in space” was near the top of the priority list for new Kansas Offensive Coordinator Brent Dearmon as he took over during the bye week. The Jayhawks did so early and often in their road loss to the Texas Longhorns. Pooka responded, hitting the 100 rushing yard mark early in the second quarter.

#18 Baylor Bears (7-0, 4-0) 45, Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-3, 1-3) 27

This was a spectacular win for Baylor. Brewer finished 13-of-17 for 312 yards. He had a passing and rushing touchdown. Hasty had 142 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and 66 receiving yards. He had over 11 yards per attempt. The Bears won one game two years ago. They won one time in the school’s history in Stillwater. But the past is a nice thing to discuss when you don’t like the present or have any hope for the future. At 7-0—for the first time since 2013—the Bears are going to get everyone’s best shot going forward.

The 18th ranked Baylor Bears, led by Charlie Brewer and JaMycal Hasty, crushed the Cowboy’s attempts to right the ship in 45-27 fashion. Today’s loss represents the first Homecoming defeat since 2014, when an also unranked OSU squad lost 34-10 to a West Virginia team ranked 22nd.

Iowa St. Cyclones (5-2, 3-1) 34, Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-4, 1-3) 24

The Cyclones came out swinging in Lubbock and never looked away with a 34-24 victory over Texas Tech. Brock Purdy and Breece Hall led the way for the Cyclones as Iowa State moves to 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Big 12.

Kansas State Wildcats (4-2, 1-2) 24, TCU Horned Frogs (3-2, 1-2) 17

Pinned deep after a TCU punt with the game tied at 17 and eight minutes to play, Thompson took off on 2nd-and-5 from the Wildcat 10 and picked up 61 yards — the longest run from scrimmage in his career. Three plays later on 3rd-and-11, Thompson found Chabastin Taylor for 10 yards, then on the following play escaped pressure and scrambled for the first down. A few plays later, Thompson scooted in after a beautiful fake to Harry Trotter to give the Cats (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) the lead with 2:45 left.

It was the beginning of a theme for TCU’s defense on the day, of biting hard on play action and leaving the middle of the field wide open. Kansas State had three passing touchdowns through the first five games of the season. Thompson threw for two on the day against TCU, and used the middle of the field to set up a touchdown run with less than three minutes remaining to take the lead.