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Big 12 Roundup & Recap: ISU Falls, OU Shines, TCU Is Angry

Week 5 in the Big 12 was interesting and we got a clearer picture of the teams

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor Bears (4-0, 1-0) 23, Iowa St. Cyclones (2-2, 0-1) 21

Matt Rhule elected to go for it on 4th and 17 rather than kick a 45 yard field goal earlier in the game. He also decided to go for it on 4th and 5 rather than kick a field goal. Baylor should have been up 21, but a botched extra point hold ensured Baylor was only up 20. Baylor’s kicking game was bad almost all day. But life and football come down to a few moments. Baylor did what they needed to in the defining one, and Iowa State leaves Waco with the loss.

The Iowa State defense forced a three-and-out and went down to score a touchdown for their third drive in a row. This time is was on a Charlie Kolar reception to give Iowa State a 21-20 lead. Baylor got the ball back with 3:45 left and slowing marched down the field while they steadily pierced through every Iowa State fan’s skin. After an array of bad coverages and blown tackles, John Mayers hit the first field goal of his career to give Baylor a 23-21 lead.

Iowa State failed to convert in the last 19 seconds and it resulted in their second loss of the season.

No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (4-0, 1-0), Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-2, 0-1)

With this victory, Oklahoma becomes the sixth FBS program to reach 900 wins all-time. Riley also improves to 13-0 in the month of September as the Sooners’ head coach. Now the calendar flips to October, and the path to the College Football Playoff steepens.

TCU Horned Frogs (3-1, 1-0) 51, Kansas Jayhawks (2-3, 0-2) 14

As the TCU offense finally started clicking, the defense got back to the dominating form we saw two weeks prior at Purdue, bottling up a potent Kansas run game and keeping quarterback Carter Stanley on the ropes and on the run as he struggled to make anything happen. Williams managed to break free for a ten yard run on KU’s third possession of the game, but it wouldn’t matter - the Frogs forced a third straight punt three plays later.

That would be the theme of the day.

Yeah, it was a bloodbath. TCU let their collective foot off the gas in the second half, and it ended up 51-14.

If the BC and West Virginia games were two steps forward, this was definitely a step back. Kansas didn’t look like they belonged on the same field as TCU’s starters, and that’s a team that lost to SMU last week and may not appear in the top 25 at any point this year. Hopefully it was just a hiccup, and not a bad sign headed into the meat of a tough conference schedule.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-1, 1-1) 26, No. 24 Kansas State Wildcats (3-1, 0-1) 13

Chuba Hubbard rushed for a career-high 296 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, and Oklahoma State’s defense shut down No. 24 Kansas State for a 26-13 win Saturday in front of 55,509 at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Hubbard, however, didn’t carry the ball until about 8 minutes into the game for the Cowboys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), who were without starting tackles Dylan Galloway and Teven Jenkins and center Johnny Wilson moved to guard. Hubbard’s 296 yards — his third 200-plus game this season — is the sixth most in a single game in program history, with Barry Sanders holding five of those games and David Thompson the other one.

This morning, the rumors began. By game time, they were confirmed. Malik Knowles wouldn’t be playing -- he wasn’t even in Stillwater, even -- because of a reported stress fracture in his foot.

It mattered a great deal. With no real threat at receiver, Oklahoma State Cowboys were able to bottle up Kansas State Wildcats ‘s running game and spoil what was actually a heroic effort on the part of K-State’s defenders as they posted a 26-13 win at T. Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. The 13-point victory marked the first time since 1988 that the Cowboys beat the Wildcats by more than 10 points.

The short version recap: K-State could not move the ball, Chuba Hubbard ran for 296 yards on 25 carries, Tylan Wallace caught eight balls for 145 yards, and despite all that K-State was still in the football game with seven minutes to play.


Now that we’ve had two weeks of conference play, we have some separation. The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the Texas Longhorns in a matchup of teams vying for top of the conference bragging rights. A win by the Mountaineers could go a long way in having Big 12 Title Game implications.