There are some people out there saying that the Big 12 is the worst power five conference this season. I say at least it’s entertaining.
West Virginia 27, Baylor 21 (2OT)
The Mountaineers (2-1, 1-1 Big 12) picked up their first Big 12 win this season and their first-ever overtime win under second-year head coach Neal Brown with a double-overtime victory over Baylor (1-1, 1-1).
It was a sloppy game that saw six total turnovers, including three by WVU quarterback Jarret Doege and two by his Baylor counterpart Charlie Brewer. It was Brewer who led a touchdown drive with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter that tied the game and sent it to overtime in the first place.
In the first overtime, Doege and Brewer both threw touchdown passes, but Brewer was intercepted on the first play of the second overtime, letting WVU score and take the win.
West Virginia received 13 votes in this week’s AP Top-25 Poll.
West Virginia and Baylor are both off next week and will not play against until Oct. 17.
TCU 33, No. 22 Texas 31
After winning a high-scoring, overtime thriller in Lubbock last week, the Texas Longhorns (2-1, 1-1 Big 12) had another dramatic, down-to-the-wire finish this week, this time losing to TCU (1-1, 1-1).
The Horned Frogs did not trail in this game until the fourth quarter, and even then for only about five and a half minutes. Down 29-26 with four minutes left to play, TCU quarterback Max Duggan scored on a 26-yard run to take a 33-29 lead. Texas was primed to retake the lead with a first and goal at the TCU one-yard line, but running back Keaontay Ingram lost the ball while reaching for the goal line and TCU was able to recover and run out the rest of the clock for the win.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw four touchdown passes and leads the Big 12 with 14 passing touchdowns through three games.
Texas dropped from No. 9 in the AP Poll to No. 22. TCU received 97 votes.
Texas has the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma next week while TCU will host Kansas State.
No. 10 Oklahoma State 47, Kansas 7
Kansas (0-3, 0-2 Big 12), c’mon man.
Oklahoma State (3-0, 2-0) was playing again without starting quarterback Spencer Sanders, but back up true freshman Shane Illingworth looked much better this week as OSU is now the only unbeaten team in the Big 12. Illingworth passed for a career-high 265 yards and three touchdowns while Chuba Hubbard ran for 145 of the team’s 295 total rushing yards.
On the other side, Pooka Williams had just 32 yards on 14 carries and the Jayhawks did not score until they were already down by 44 in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma State moved up seven spots to No. 10 in this week’s AP Poll.
Oklahoma State and Kansas are both off next week and will play again on Oct. 17.
Kansas State 31, Texas Tech 21
This was kind of a weird game where both starting quarterbacks exited with injuries and did not return.
The Red Raiders (1-2, 0-2 Big 12) were shutout in the first half and trailed 14-0 at halftime. But a 14-point third quarter brought them right back into the game. TTU took a 21-17 lead with 10 minutes left to play, but The Wildcats (2-1, 2-0) scored 14-straight points to win by 10.
Alan Bowman threw just seven passes before being injured and Skylar Thompson attempted just 10. K-State freshman Deuce Vaughn followed up his impressive game against the Sooners with 194 total yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas State is the top team receiving votes in the AP Poll with 142.
Texas Tech will visit Ames to play Iowa State next week and Kansas State will travel to play TCU.
No. 24 Iowa State 37, Oklahoma 30
For the first time in a long time, the Oklahoma Sooners are unranked after losing two straight regular-season games.
Brock Purdy had a nice bounce-back game for Iowa State (2-1, 1-1 Big 12) but the story of the Cyclones’ season so far has been running back Breece Hall. Hall currently leads the Big 12 with 396 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Against the Sooners (1-2, 0-2 Big 12), Hall ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler threw for 300 yards and scored three total touchdowns, but he also threw the game-sealing interception into double coverage in the endzone late in the fourth quarter.
Iowa State bounced up to No. 24 in the rankings while Oklahoma dropped out entirely.
Oklahoma will take on Texas in the Red River Rivalry while Iowa State meets Texas Tech next week.