Week 10 in the Big 12 featured some close games when compared to weeks past. Three teams from the Big 12 remain in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings (Oklahoma at 11, Oklahoma St at 13, West Virginia 16), with Baylor dropping out of the Top 25 after a blowout loss at home. The smallest margin of victory this week was a six point win for Oklahoma State on the road at Kansas State, while the largest was a 40 point road win for TCU at Baylor.
Oklahoma at Iowa State
Iowa State got off to a slow start at home, but managed to hang around in the first half, leading 17-14 at one point. Sooners QB Baker Mayfield‘s four touchdowns with just one interception proved to be too much for the Cyclones to handle. Mayfield has now thrown 4+ touchdowns in an FBS-high four straight games. Oklahoma RB Dimitri Flowers led the backfield on 5.2 yards per carry, with 115 rushing yards on the day. Meanwhile, WR Dede Westbrook continued his stellar season hauling in seven catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. Westbrook leads the Big 12 in receptions per game (7.1), receiving yards per game (129.6), and third in touchdowns per game (8.9). Westbrook also leads the Big 12 with 1,166 receiving yards.
Cyclones QB Joel Lanning is quickly losing his job, as he threw just one pass in this game. Lanning has been used solely in running situations lately, and Jacob Park took over QB duties. Park, a sophomore, completed 55% of his passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. Iowa State has now lost five straight games, although they have shown signs of improvement, finishing within 10 points in four of their last six league games.
TCU at Baylor
TCU smashed an unfocused Baylor team by 40 points on the road to take the lead in the overall series, making it 53-52-7. This marked the 112th meeting between the teams, playing their first game in 1899. This was the first time Baylor has lost back-to-back games since 2013, and was Baylor’s largest margin of defeat since #20 Kansas dropped the Bears 58-10 in 2007, and the worst home loss for the Bears since Vince Young and Texas came to Waco and defeated Baylor 62-0 at home in 2005.
TCU dominated Baylor in every aspect of the game. After each team scored on their second play to start the game 7-7, TCU scored 31 unanswered points, including two touchdowns just seven seconds apart. Horned Frogs RB Kyle Hicks ran for a season high 192 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries after not participating in practice all week. TCU QB Kenny Hill added 244 yards through the air with a touchdown, and ran for another 85 yards on the day.
Baylor couldn’t get anything going on offense or defense in one of the biggest rivalry games of the year. The seniors voted for the all black uniforms for this game, which usually designates the biggest home game of the year. The Bears defense gave up a season high in total yards (688) and points (62). Bears RB Shock Linwood got just six carries, and reportedly shoved an assistant coach on the sideline. Terence Williams led the team in carries with 18, gaining only 68 yards. Baylor gained just 133 yards on the ground, which was far below their season average of 278 per game. Baylor started the first six games of the season leading the Big 12 in all defensive categories, including rushing defense. After the last two losses to Texas and TCU, Baylor has dropped to 7th in the Big 12 in rushing defense, giving up an average of 205 yards per game.
Texas at Texas Tech
This remained a very close game throughout, with Texas winning on the road for their second straight league win to pull to .500 in Big 12 play. D’Onta Foreman continued to make a strong case for the top RB in the nation, and an invite to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II continued his record setting pace, completing 36-59 passes for 367 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Mahomes leads all FBS players in passing yards per game (431), and total passing yards (3,886). Red Raiders RB Da’Leon Ward added 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Texas Tech offense was held below their total offense season average of 600 yards per game, only gaining 482 total yards against the improving Texas defense. Red Raiders Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury has yet to have a winning conference record since taking over the team four years ago. If the Red Raiders win their final three games, they will finish their conference schedule 5-4. Kingsbury is 23-24 overall at Texas Tech.
Texas junior RB D’Onta Foreman had another phenomenal game against the worst defense in the Big 12. Foreman rushed 33 times for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and had a touchdown stripped at the goal line which was returned 100 yards for a Texas Tech touchdown. Foreman leads the nation in rushing yards per game with 180.8, and ranks 2nd overall in the nation in total rushing yards with 1,446 behind San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey (1,581). Foreman has now gone 10 straight games with at least 100 rushing yards, he will tie Texas legend Earl Campbell‘s record of 11 straight games with 100+ rushing yards if he can manage just one more such game this week at home versus West Virginia.
Oklahoma State at Kansas State
This game was back and forth, and Oklahoma State secured the win on the last play of the game with an interception in the end zone to seal the victory.
The Cowboys scored 15 points in the 4th quarter to take the lead, and ultimately held on for the win. Quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for 457 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions on the afternoon. Rudolph continues to be one of the top deep-ball passers in the FBS, throwing touchdown passes of 54, 34, and 82 yards against a Wildcats defense that has given up just 24 points per game this season. The Cowboys only managed 180 yards rushing on the ground, but that’s more than they’ve averaged all season (141), and more than Kansas State generally gives up per game (110).
Kansas State made a living on the ground against the Cowboys with an extremely unbalanced attack. Wildcats QB Jesse Ertz only had 87 passing yards on the day, but racked up 153 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Kansas State as a team gained 345 rushing yards, Ertz leading the way with 30 carries. Kansas State ranks dead last the in Big 12 in passing offense, averaging just 156.8 yards per game through the air. Kansas State continues to lead the Big 12 in red zone offense, scoring on 93.3% of their drives that make it to the red zone. Oklahoma state and Kansas State are the top two teams in the Big 12 in turnover margin, with the Cowboys leading the conference at +8, and the Wildcats trailing them by one at +7.
Kansas at West Virginia
West Virginia kept it’s Big 12 title hopes alive by taking down Kansas at home in a game in which they had a comfortable lead throughout, ultimately winning by 27 points.
The Mountaineers rushed for 341 yards in the game and just 260 through the air in a win over the Jayhawks. Regular RB starter Rushel Shell sat out with an ankle injury he sustained last week, and RBs Justin Crawford and freshman Kennedy McKoy shared the load. Crawford ran for 129 yards and touchdown, while McKoy added 127 of his own. Mountaineer QB Skyler Howard continued his strong season, completing 16-27 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions against a struggling Kansas team.
Jayhawks QB Carter Stanley relieved QB Montell Cozart after Cozart left the game with concussion symptoms. Stanley threw for 127 yards on 9-11 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. Wide Receiver Steven Sims Jr. became the Jayhawks first 600 yard receiver since 2009 after hauling in nine catches for 124 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon. Kansas is still waiting for its first conference win this year, and have now lost 40-straight games on the road. Kansas will have one more shot this season to end it’s road game skid at Kansas State, but the Wildcats haven’t lost at home to the Jayhawks since 2007.