a battle of Bears and Bulls that not even Bill Swerski's Super Fans
(Saturday Night Live) would have watched, Baylor pasted Buffalo 70-13.
Art Briles' offense posted a school-record 781 yards and Lache Seastrunk found paydirt three times in the win. More impressively,
the first-team offense amassed 576 yards in only 11 minutes with ball
before making way for the backups. Seastrunk averaged almost nine yards
a carry en route to 150 yards on the day. Baylor quarterback
Bryce Petty had an efficient line completing 13-of-16 passes for 338
yards and three touchdowns -- spread around to three different
receivers, including an 83-yarder to Antwan Goodley and
Tevin Reese. Petty also notched a rushing
touchdown. The Baylor defense gave up 383 yards of offense to Buffalo,
and got a 91-yard fumble recovery for a score from preseason-All Big 12
Bryce Hager. Next up, likely their toughest
non-conference matchup: 1-1 ULM. The Warhawks were blanked (34-0) in
their opener at Oklahoma, but beat Grambling State 48-10 in Week 2.
Cyclones have an open date last weekend and thus, two weeks to try to
bounce back from
Paul Rhoads first season-opening loss at Iowa
State (28-20 to Northern Iowa). Some of the Cyclones used to the week to
lick their wounds -- and not just those of their broken pride.
Sam Richardson spent the entire week in a walking
boot and did not practice as a precaution. Tight end
is also hindered by a leg injury suffered in the loss to UNI. This week
it's the annual "Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series" as the 'Clones welcome the
Hawkeyes to Ames. Iowa lost in week one to Northern Illinois but
rebounded last week with a 28-14 win over Missouri State. The Hawkeyes
lead the all-time series 39-21 but Iowa State has won nine of the last
15 meetings, including the last two seasons.
Jayhawks opened their season a week later than most, but found the win
column with a 31-14 home victory over South Dakota. The much-anticipated
KU debuts of five-star transfers Jake Heaps and
Justin McCay didn't return glossy numbers, but the two did hook up for a
second quarter score. Kansas trailed 7-0 at the end of the first frame,
but finally got the offense going thanks to a ground attack that
included 94 yards and two touchdowns from senior running back James
Sims. Heaps finished 10-of-20 for 110 yards and the touchdown to McCay.
The passing score was from five yards out and was KU's first touchdown
caught by a wide receiger since 2011. Defensive tackle
Marquel Combs, the top-rated junior college recruit did not start and
Charlie Weis is still battling for playing time
like many junior college additions and newcomers this time of year. KU
heads to Rice this weekend to face an Owls team that stunned Kansas in
Lawrence a year ago.
week after losing to FCS Champion North Dakota State, the Wildcats took
out their frustrations on the preseason pick to win the Sun Belt,
Louisiana, in a 48-27 win. In typical Bill Snyder fashion, KSU
used a special teams score (94-yard kick return by
Tramaine Thompson) and a defensive score (32-yard pick-six from
Ty Zimmerman) to fuel the win. Jake Waters threw two more
interceptions for the Cats and wound up sharing time with
Daniel Sams who only threw two passes, but rushed for 63 yards and a score
on just eight carries. Waters passed for 278 yards and KSU's top
receiver was again
Tyler Lockett. Running back
John Hubert struggled to find running room against the Ragin' Cajuns but
scored twice and finished with 56 yards on the ground. KSU closes down
it's non-conference slate this week at home against UMass on Saturday
night at 6.
Trevor Knight added injury to insult in OU's 16-7 win over West
Virginia on Saturday. The rookie struggled through the air for the
second consecutive game (10-of-20 for 119 yards, TD, 2 INT) before
making way for
Blake Bell in the fourth quarter. Knight was
1-of-5 with two picks in the second half before heading to the bench --
after the game it was revealed that Knight's knee bruise (suffered at
end of the first half) not only hampered him in the Saturday's third
quarter, but could sideline him for two weeks. Bob Stoops said
yesterday that Knight "in all likelihood" will not play against Tulsa
this week and that Bell will start. Kendal Thompson will serve
as Bell's backup. Thompson returned to practice yesterday for the first
time since breaking his foot in the first practice of fall camp. Among
the positives for Oklahoma was senior running back Brennan Clay
who led an OU rushing attack that amassed 316 yards on the ground. Clay
posted a career-best 170 yards on 22 carries. Defensively, OU forced
four turnovers including three fumble recoveries. They'll next face
Tulsa (1-1) this Saturday at 11 a.m. The Golden Hurricane was picked by
many to win Conference USA and flirt with double-digit wins.
entire section should probably be devoted to Sports Illustrated's
five-part investigative expose of the numerous wrongdoings of the OSU
football program. You can read more about that
here. Let's spend the rest of our focus on Oklahoma State's 56-35
win at UTSA. The game wasn't as close as the final score would indicate
-- the Roadrunners scored 28 fourth quarter points against the twos and
threes on the OSU depth chart). When it counted, OSU dominated, thanks
in large part to the remarkably efficient J.W. Walsh. Walsh
connected on 24-of-27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns.
Josh Stewart had one of those scores -- part of his five catch, 97 yard
and a touchdown day. Former starter Clint Chelf posted solid
numbers in mop-up duty once Walsh exited midway through the third
quarter, finishing with 192 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
Jeremy Smith only averaged 2.8 yards per carry, but was able to
notch his third rushing score of the season. Oklahoma State will finally
have its home opener Saturday against Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Expect a week's
worth of distractions thanks to SI's five-part report.
Casey Pachall's comeback season was derailed on Saturday afternoon when
the preseason media pick for first-team All-Big 12 quarterback broke his
non-throwing arm late in the second quarter. The injury required surgery
and Pachall could reportedly miss up to eight weeks.
Trevone Boykin took over and immediately led the Horned Frogs to
three-straight scoring drives to help TCU top Southeastern Louisiana
38-17. Despite the preseason accolades and considerable ink about
Pachall's efficiency, Boykin is the tougher quarterback to prepare for
so this is no major break for Texas Tech and the other teams on TCU's
early-season schedule. Boykin played in the final nine games of 2012
after Pachall was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and went into
a substance abuse program, and split time with Pachall in the opener
against LSU because of his mobility. Gary Patterson said on
Monday's Big 12 Teleconference that a medical redshirt for Pachall isn't
likely and that if Pachall is unable to come back this season, Patterson
feels he is of the mindset that he'd prefer to graduate and "go on with
his life." Boykin wasn't the only Frog to play more than expected. Devonte Fields, a preseason All-Big 12 defensive end, made his season debut
in the second half after serving a game and a half of what was initially
described as a two game suspension. Patterson said he wanted to get
Fields some game reps before Thursday's Big 12 opener at Texas Tech.
allowing BYU to rush for 550 yards in a 40-21 loss in Provo on Saturday
night, Mack Brown made a change atop his defensive unit.
Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was "reassigned within the athletics
department" and former co-defensive coordinator and recent analyst
Greg Robinson has taken over the defensive coordinator job.
Robinson was once the head coach at Syracuse. He was the defensive
coordinator at Michigan as well was with the New York Jets, Denver
Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. His brief stint as co-coordinator at
Texas came in 2004. With the loss at BYU, the formerly 15th-ranked
Longhorns fell all the way out of polls. One bright spot was receiver
Mike Davis who hauled in eight balls for 114 yards and two
touchdowns. In the run game, the Cougar backs weren't the only ones
finding room to roam. Texas running back Jonathan Gray gained
90 yards on 13 carries for a 6.9 yards per carry average. Explosive
Daje Johnson suffered an ankle injury and has
already been ruled out for this week's game with Ole Miss.
David Ash's status is also in question, following "head and shoulder"
injuries (keep your dandruff jokes to yourself) suffered at BYU.
Case McCoy would get the nod if Ash can't go, but freshman
Tyrone Swoopes could also get some reps.
week after a narrow 24-17 win over William & Mary that raised eyebrows
around the league, West Virginia gained back some respect by hanging
tough with Oklahoma in Norman. The three touchdown underdogs collected
four OU turnovers and got a 75-yard touchdown run by
Dreamius Smith in the first quarter. The Mountaineers had four turnovers of
their own and quarterback Paul Millard was far from efficient,
connecting on just 21-of-42 attempts for 212 yards. Millard will need to
step it up this week versus Georgia State. Dana Holgorsen had
planned on playing
Clint Trickett a bit against the Sooners --
based on the quarterback's previous experience against them while at
Florida State -- and thought about making a switch during the game
several times, but never pulled the trigger. Holgorsen might not be so
gun shy next week if Millard's struggles continue. Defensively, the
Mountaineers eventually wore down and allowed Oklahoma running back
Brennan Clay to gash them for 170 yards, but the defensive
effort was very positive overall and was the main reason why
Mountaineers stayed in the game.
NON-CONFERENCE:Texas State: The Bobcats
improved to 2-0 on the year behind a 28-3 rout of Prairie View A&M. The
defense held PVAM to just 45 rushing yards one week after allowing just
23 yards to Southern Miss. Texas State has an open date this weekend
before heading to Lubbock on Sept. 21.