Big 12 Conference Week 3 Recap: Were There Any Surprises?
The Big 12 conference had many entertaining games throughout the weekend. Texas Christian battled hard against an in-state rival, University of Texas locked horns with a powerful Southern California Trojans team, and much more.
First off in the Big 12, Iowa State took on the Akron Zips.
Iowa State Cyclones @ Akron: Iowa State Wins 41-14
As Iowa State looked to put the loss to Iowa further in the rearview mirror, Iowa State knew they would have to focus on the three phases of the game a step at a time. The Iowa State offense jumped out to a quick 14 point lead in the first quarter. Iowa State’s defense was playing lights out as well. Only allowing 38 yards on the ground, Iowa State forced Akron to rely on the passing attack, and often. Akron averaged 293 passing yards but fell 41-14
While on the subject of quick offensive scoring, West Virginia had quite the game against Delaware State.
Delaware State @ West Virginia: Mountaineers win 59-16
In another game where one team was sorely outmatched, the West Virginia Mountaineers blew away the hometown crowd with a huge win. Delaware State was down big and way too early in the game. Being outscored 24-10 in the first quarter, Delaware State would have to put in some hard work to even keep up in the second quarter. WVU was just too much for Delaware State as the Mountaineers would score 21 more points before halftime. Quarterback Grier, running back Justin Crawford, and receiver Gary Jennings made quick work of Delaware State and did so very early.
As we move down the list of Big 12 games, the first unexpected loss comes courtesy of Kansas.
Kansas Jayhawks VS Ohio: Ohio wins 42-30
For this game, it was evident early on that offense is king. Jumping out to an early 11 point lead, Ohio’s defense was able to hold Kansas off the score sheet until the second quarter. While in the process of scoring 14 more points, Ohio also allowed Kansas to keep the game “interesting” and score 14 points of its own. The second half would continue to be dominated by Ohio as the team would score 17 more points and only allow six more.
Kansas State @ Vanderbilt: Vandy wins 14-7
On to the next Kansas team in the Big 12, K-State showed that for them, defense is king. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Vanderbilt had a much stronger defense. This was one of those games where a field goal somewhere near the end might have won the game. However, with a touchdown late in the fourth, Vanderbilt would seal the 14-7 victory. And for the Commodores of Vanderbilt, it took an air attack to do it. Vandy would throw for 205 yards, and rush for 65.
As the season wears on, fans are seeing that teams in Oklahoma are very dangerous. In fact, both teams put up 50+ point performances on their opponents.
Oklahoma State @ Pittsburgh: OSU wins 59-21
The Oklahoma State Cowboys came into this game on a mission. Coming in hot at 2-0, the Cowboys of Oklahoma State knew what they had to do to escape the Panthers’ clutches with a win. Oklahoma State dominated the first quarter 21-0. The Pittsburgh Panthers had no answer for them until the second quarter scoring 14. However, by then, Oklahoma State piled on 28 more points. The second half showed a bit more of a defensive performance. However, it was way too late for any hope of a comeback. Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill and the whole Cowboys receiving corps dominated this game. Hill rushed for 91 yards while Rudolph threw for 497 yards, and had a passing touchdown to end his night.
Tulane @ Oklahoma: Sooners win 56-14
Once again, this game was all Oklahoma Sooners. Baker Mayfield finished the game going 17-27, throwing for 331 yards and four touchdowns. Abdul Adams and Marcelias Sutton had 93 and 63 yards respectively. Sutton, however, had one of two rushing touchdowns scored by the Sooners. Oklahoma’s high-powered offense rolled in this one, and the defense helped anchor the team in this big win.
Arizona State @ Texas Tech: Tech wins 52-45
In the streak of Big 12 games where teams scored big, Texas Tech needed 52 points to win this one. After jumping out to an early 21-3 lead in the first quarter, the last three-quarters would seem to be a shootout. Nic Shimonek was definitely the star of this show. Tossing for a whopping 543 yards, he also had six passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Making smart decisions on his part was key in this win.
Texas @ USC Trojans: USC wins 27-24 in 2/OT
A lot can be said about this game. Many people in the media believed that this game would be a blowout. However, throughout the game, those experts realized otherwise. Sam Ehlinger had a decent game. Going 21-40 for 298 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, fans got yet another glimpse at the team’s quarterback position of the future. With Ehlinger, Collin Johnson and Armanti Foreman were his top receivers. Combining for 229 receiving yards and a touchdown, these two men helped the offense of the Longhorns rise. DeShon Elliott stood out for Texas in this loss. Elliott had two interceptions.
SMU @ TCU: TCU wins 56-36
This game had the makings of an upset all over it, that is if SMU could’ve held on. Outscoring the Horned Frogs 16-7, it looked a lot like SMU was on a mission to win the “iron skillet” game. However, TCU’s offense finally woke up and just wouldn’t be held back. Kenny Hill went 24-30, tossed for four touchdowns and 365 yards. The ground attack led by Darius Anderson was also dangerous. Anderson, Kyle Hicks, Sewo Olonilua, and Kenedy Snell made up the majority of TCU’s rush yards. Anderson and Snell combined for three rushing touchdowns. Snell, Jalen Reagor, Kavontae Turpin, all amassed the majority of TCU’s receiving yards while each catching a touchdown. However, almost everyone had their hand on the ball that could.