Several Big 12 teams kicked off the season against FCS foes, but we learned a little bit despite that. Kansas State and Iowa State made their case to be taken a little more seriously, while Texas has us reconsidering just how high they should be ranked. Here’s a quick recap of how the week went.
Oklahoma State 24, Central Michigan 13
The boys from Stillwater got off to a slow start, but managed to get on track by scoring the last 14 points of the game to get the win.
Coach Gundy pointed out afterward that he didn’t think the players had a sense of urgency until they got behind. Mason Rudolph was efficient going 22-32 for 266 yards and rushing for 20. OSU had 153 yards rushing and held CM to just 78 yards on the ground.
Going forward, the Pokes will need to up their offensive output against Big 12 opponents, but made it out of Michigan with the win. Check out our full recap for more!
#2 TCU 23, Minnesota 17
This was a much closer game than some expected for the #2 team in the country.
The defense had some questions going into the game, but played well on the road. They held the Gophers to 197 yards passing and 144 yards rushing.
Offensively, it was the fewest number of points scored since they scored 21 against Iowa State November 9, 2013. Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin struggled at times, missing two open receivers and throwing an interception on an ill advised throw. He eventually settled down and went 26-42 for 246 yards, and demonstrated his multidimensional abilities by leading the Frogs with 92 yards rushing.
It’s a long season, and the Frogs believe they are on track if they clean up the mental mistakes. It was a quality win against a good Big Ten opponent. Check out our full recap for more!
#4 Baylor 56, SMU 21
With a second quarter to forget, Baylor let SMU hang around a little too long for comfort. It was just 28-21 at the half, but the BU offensive machine got going in the 3rd quarter and eventually amassed 723 total yards, with 423 passing and 300 rushing and two receivers (KD Cannon and Corey Coleman) with over 100 yards receiving.
The defensive side of the ball appears to continue to be the weakness of this team. Baylor allowed 203 yards of passing and 166 yards of rushing from a pedestrian SMU team. On the plus side the Bears did hold SMU scoreless in the second half, and were playing without Shawn Oakman and Orion Stewart.
Overall, a good win for the Bears, but will not quiet the strength of schedule detractors. Check out our full recap for more!
South Dakota State 41, Kansas 38
The woes continue for the Jayhawks. South Dakota State jumped out to a 31-7 lead, but give the Jayhawks points for persistence. They mounted a comeback and at 41-38, had a chance for a game tying filed goal. As KU was trying to spike the ball to stop the clock though, QB Montell Cozart fumbled the snap as time ran out.
This is maybe an apt metaphor for KU’s continuing struggles. Check out the full recap for more!
Texas Tech 59, Sam Houston State 45
The Texas Tech defense looked like a replay of last year’s group, complete with missed tackles, arm tackles, and big plays allowed. They were gashed for 320 yards passing, and another 317 yards rushing by the Bearkats.
As per normal the offense was productive. QB Patrick Mahomes played lights out, but Tech didn’t get the running game going to the extent that they will need to in later games.
In the end the Red Raiders picked up a solid win against one of the better teams in the FCS ranks. The defense was susceptible, but 14 of the points scored against came when the game had already been decided. They will have to figure out a way to limit the total yards and points allowed, or it will be another long year for the guys in Lubbock. Check out the full recap for more!
Oklahoma 41, Akron 3
The Sooners got off to a slow start in this one. The run game struggled to find any momentum behind a rebuilding offensive line and an Akron defense selling out to stop the run. Eventually OU made the Zips pay for their gamble, and put the game away.
Baker Mayfield threw for 388 yards and the Sooners used their stable of backs to eventually earn a 100 yards on the ground.
The defense was stingy, allowing just 88 passing yards and 138 rushing yards. While this couldn’t be classified as a statement against this level of competition, the Sooners took care of business.
Kansas State 34, South Dakota 0
K-State did what K-State does. Bill Snyder demonstrated why he’s been so successful for so long.
Things got off to a pretty good start when Morgan Burns returned the kickoff 100 yards to put six on the scoreboard. Overall though, the offense was inconsistent at times, but that could have to do with having to replace their starting QB after Jesse Ertz was knocked out the game on the Wildcats first drive of the game.
The Wildcats clogged the run by allowing 61 yards rushing. However, South Dakota found some success through the air. allowing 205 yards receiving. Coach Snyder indicated that defense will have to be better as the season progresses, but they won this one in dominating fashion.
West Virginia 44, Georgia Southern 0
The Mountaineers impressed behind quarterback Skyler Howard. He went 16-25 for 359 yards as WVU dispatched Georgia Southern.
The defense was even more impressive than the offense. The Mountaineers allowed 29 yards passing and 195 yards rushing, and Karl Joseph had a career day with three interceptions.
While difficult to compare this Georgia Southern team to last year’s, they did average 381 yards rushing, so holding them to 195 indicates they might be trying to play some defense this year in Morgantown.
Texas 38, Notre Dame 3
The Longhorns were depantsed on national TV. Their 60 yards rushing and 103 yards passing was the worst offensive performance in the country. The Charlie Strong rebuilding process it threatening to stall out. Tyrone Swoopes was erratic, the offensive line was pushed around, and the ‘Horns showed little spark.
Notre dame scorched the Longhorns for 313 yards receiving and 214 yards rushing against what many believed would be much improved defense.
Strong said, “We have to get better. We have to improve.” That much is obvious. How they do that, and how soon is the question going forward. Check out the full recap for more!
Iowa State 31, Northern Iowa 7
In the first game in newly renovated Jack Trice Stadium, Iowa State impressed. They demonstrated an ability to move the ball efficiently, and the defense held their opponent to a seven point total.
Northern Iowa scored first, and for a brief moment Cyclones fans feared the worst. Especially when Iowa promptly turned the ball over in their own territory. The Iowa State defense buckled down though and took the ball right back two plays later when Dale Pierson picked off Aaron Bailey.
Iowa State took control of the game in the second half. Veteran QB Sam Richardson put together a good performance, but the defense won the day.
It was a good win against an opponent most not wearing cardinal and gold thought they would struggle with.