THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE was thrown into quandary Saturday, when West Virginia dropped Baylor into the loss column with an impressive 41-27 victory. The Mountaineers used a smothering defense that limited the vaunted Bear offense to just 318 total yards. Clint Trickett and Kevin White provided all the offense the Mounties would need. Trickett, threw for 322 yards and three scores. White was on the receiving end of two of those scores and hauled in eight catches for 132 yards. The win moved the Mountaineers to 3-1 in Big 12 play and 5-2 overall.
Kansas State remained the only undefeated in conference play with an improbable 31-30 win at Oklahoma. The Wildcats forced two critical turnovers, blocked a PAT, and then relied on a missed 19-yard field goal in the final minutes to stun the Sooners, and dash their College Football Playoff hopes.
TCU bounced back in a big way, blasting Oklahoma State 42-9. Trevone Boykin continued his outstanding season, throwing for a career high 410 yards and three TDs. The Horned Frogs defense kept the Cowboys out of the saddle, limiting them to just 258 yards, and the Cowboys did not complete a pass the entire second half! This was the first loss by the Cowboys since their close opening week loss to No. 1 Florida State.
The Big 12 race figures to be one of the best to watch as we go down the stretch. Kansas State now sits at the top of the league standings at 3-0 and controls its own destiny. West Virginia, Baylor and Oklahoma State are 3-1, and TCU is 2-1. I think it is unlikely the Big 12 will get two spots in the new playoff format.
- Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik gained a career high 127 yards rushing Thursday against Virginia Tech. Coming into the game, Voytik had 25 yards rushing in a single game only once this season.
- Duke moved to 6-1 and remained on top of the Coastal Division with a 20-13 win over Virginia.
- Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt stepped up with Deshaun Watson out with an injury. He threw for 285 yards, completing 29 of 45 passes.
- T.J. Logan scored on a two-yard run with 11 seconds left to give North Carolina a 48-43 victory over Georgia Tech in a thriller that featured seven lead changes.
- Notre Dame’s go-ahead score in the closing seconds was called back for offensive pass interference, preserving a Florida State 31-27 win.
BIG 10 NOTES
- Maryland moved to 5-2 with a home win over Iowa 38-31, in front of a fired up homecoming crowd.
- Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal in the final minutes to give Minnesota a hard-fought victory over Purdue 39-38.
- Michigan State showed tremendous balance, putting up 662 yards of total offense on Indiana, with 332 rushing yards and 330 though the air.
- Ohio State continued its impressive play, beating Rutgers 56-17. The Buckeyes extended their Big Ten regular season winning streak to 18, two away from the league record.
BIG 12 NOTES
- West Virginia’s Josh Lambert kicked his FBS-leading fourth 50-yard+ field goal this season. It was the fourth straight game that Lambert made a 50-yard field goal, tying Florida State’s Graham Gano for the longest such streak since 2004.
- Kansas State has won 42 straight games when leading at halftime, the second-longest streak in FBS.
- Texas Tech broke a four-game losing streak with a 34-21 win over Kansas.
PAC 12 NOTES
- Devontae Booker rushed for 229 yards and three TDs, including the game winner in overtime, in a 29-23 Utah win at Oregon State.
Oregon’s 45-20 win over Washington was the 11th straight in this series. The streak over the Huskies is the longest in the history of this series, which began in 1900.
- USC quarterback Cody Kessler is the second quarterback in Pac-12 history to throw for seven touchdown passes in a regulation game (no overtime periods), and the fifth to do it in any game. He is the first quarterback in Pac-12 history to throw for seven TDs in the first three quarters.
- LSU played their best game of the season, blasting Kentucky 41-3. The Tigers defense held the Wildcats to just 217 total yards of offense.
- Florida’s 29-point home loss was their worst at home to an un-ranked opponent since 1967, when they lost 37-6 to LSU.
- Freshman running back Nick Chubb filled in for Todd Gurley admirably, running for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.
- Alabama put up 35 points in the second quarter, the most in a quarter in Crimson Tide history.
STARS OF THE WEEK
- TOP PASSER……USC quarterback Cody Kessler 319 yards and seven TDs.
- TOP RUSHER……Devontae Booker of Utah, 229 rushing yards and three TDs.
- TOP RECEIVER….Mitch Mathews of BYU, 16 receptions for 182 yards and two TDs.
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