One week after going to Austin and giving the Longhorns all they could handle, the Kansas Jayhawks came up huge with their first Big 12 win of the season. A quick editorial: this is different. This is real. Kansas didn’t come up with a fluke win over a team with a lame duck coach having a bad night. They almost beat Texas in Austin last week and now they’ve beaten a Texas Tech team that has been very respectable outside of the Oklahoma loss. They beat OSU and hung tight with Baylor and ISU. Kansas isn’t a doormat anymore. They aren’t good yet. That will take time. But with Miles and Dearmon at the helm, they are not to be taken lightly. KU isn’t an auto-win for the Big 12 anymore. This team can play.
Texas Tech blocked a Kansas game winning field goal attempt, tried to lateral, and Kansas fell on it...then attempted the kick again and won the game pic.twitter.com/pJpt8BaZOi— Someone's An Idiot (@SomeonesAnIdiot) October 27, 2019
With the game possibly on the line, after Oklahoma was ruled on the field to have recovered a desperate onside kick, the booth had a crucially important decision to make: had Oklahoma freshman Trejan Bridges touched the ball at the Oklahoma 44? If so, it would be a penalty for illegal touching, and Kansas State would have the ball with 1:43 to go and with no timeouts for Oklahoma. If not, the Sooners would have a chance.
The play was overturned, and K-State (5-2, 2-2) was able to step into victory formation, closing out a thrilling 48-41 win over the fifth-ranked Sooners (7-1, 4-1) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. But don’t let the score fool you: K-State beat Oklahoma black and purple this afternoon.
Speaking of turnovers, it’s now been four games in a row in which Oklahoma’s defense has gone without a takeaway. Throughout the offseason, Grinch preached turnovers, and his defense looked to be improved in that department during the first four games. Today, the Sooners lost that battle in the Little Apple, 2-0.
In the fourth quarter, OU rallied with a couple stops and a couple scores, shrinking KSU’s lead to a mere seven points. During the on-side kick attempt, Brayden Willis appeared to recover the loose possession for the Sooners without any obvious issues, but upon a lengthy review, replay showed that true freshman Trejan Bridges touched the ball just before it traveled the required 10 yards, although it looked like he might have been blocked into the bouncing ball by a K-State defender.
TCU Horned Frogs (4-3, 2-2) 37, #15 Texas Longhorns (5-3, 3-2) 27
After back to back disappointing results on the road the Horned Frogs returned to the friendly confines of Amon G. Carter Stadium to take on their in-state nemesis, the Texas Longhorns. Coming off of a close victory over Big 12 “power” Kansas — whom they allowed 48 points to — Texas was primed to defend their title as conference contender against the team that had given them more trouble than anyone not named Oklahoma the last several seasons. But TCU was not here to be their whipping boy. The Frogs turned four Texas turnovers into 13 points on their way to a 37-27 win that ***potentially*** got their season back on track.
On 3rd and 14 at the 2:34 mark, Todd Orlando zero blitzed. it couldn’t have been more telegraphed if it had come in as Morse Code.
TCU QB Max Duggan hit a receiver iso’d on true freshman safety Tyler Owens for a new set of downs and set up the ensuing scamper for a game icing TD (as Longhorn LB Juwan Mitchell blew containment).
If a zero blitz with the game on the line seems familiar, yep. It was. 3rd and 17 against LSU and all of that.
Deja vu all over again.
Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-3, 2-3) 34, #23 Iowa St. Cyclones (5-3, 3-2) 27
The Oklahoma State forced three interceptions and scored three touchdowns of more than 50 yards to upset No. 23 Iowa State 34-27 on Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium.
The Pokes (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) were lead by spectacular performances from the nation’s leading rusher Chuba Hubbard, who had 116 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries, and All-American wide receiver Tylan Wallace caught eight passes for 131 yards and a score.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders has taken a lot of flak in recent weeks due to his alarming turnovers, but the redshirt freshman stepped up by completing 16 of 24 for 249 yards. His one interception was OSU’s lone turnover.
Purdy completed an eight yard gain to Kolar setting up 2nd and 2. Some would say, Breece Hall has looked good all game, he’ll get you two yards. But the Cyclones look to pass, Purdy dropped back, and threw his second interception of the game.
The defense would bail out the offense once again, and the Cyclones got the ball back with thirty seconds. After one completion, Purdy would throw his third and final interception. Interceptions would end three of the last four possessions of the game.
This BYE week might be what the team needs to get back on track before heading into the toughest two games of their schedule. A shocking end to the reign of Brocktober.