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The Good, Bad & Ugly Of Week 7 In The Big 12

A look at what stood out this weekend around the Big 12, for one reason or another.



It was another fantastic week of football. Oklahoma throttled K-State and Baylor has us wondering if anyone will test them this season, but as with any week, it wasn’t all fantastic football. Here’s the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly of week seven.

The Good

Oklahoma’s Defense: The Sooners bounced back after the loss to Texas in a big way against Kansas State. The toughest part about the trip to Manhattan was, well… the trip to Manhattan. Thanks to an 8-hour delay, Oklahoma didn’t arrive until after midnight, but it was the Wildcats who didn’t get out of bed. The Sooner’s held the Wildcats to just 45 yards passing, and 65 yards on the ground. They also forced three turnovers, one of which a pick that Zack Sanchez returned for a touchdown.

Trevone Boykin: The Heisman hopeful has just been phenomenal all year, and he’s just getting better. Despite a gritty performance from Iowa State in the first half, he completed 84.4% of his passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns. He also racked up an additional 74 yards on the ground and another touchdown.

Corey Coleman: If you haven’t heard of Corey Coleman, you might want to look him up. He’s outpacing TCU’s Josh Doctson in touchdown receptions, and he’s doing it in less time with far fewer receptions. He’s averaging over 21 yards a catch, and in just six games, he’s already set Baylor’s season touchdown reception record with 16 on the year.

Josh Doctson: Coleman wasn’t the only one setting school records this weekend. In just seven games Josh Doctson set TCU’s single-season record for both receiving yards, and touchdowns. Get your popcorn ready. The Biletnikoff race is going to be good!

The Bad

The Rules For What Is A Catch: What is and is not a catch is becoming absurd. It’s not that hard. We know a catch when we see one.

Iowa State was the latest victim of the letter of the law vs the spirit of the law. The receiver catches the ball, tucks it, turns to run, gets tackled, ball comes out, and TCU recovered. That’s how it was called on the field. Upon review though, it was clear the receiver’s knee was down and he had control of the ball. No bobble, no nothing. A crossing safety knocked the ball free well after the knee was down.

To anyone with eyes it should have been a first down for Iowa State, but — for what I can only assume is thanks to some ridiculous continuation rule — replay ruled it an incomplete pass.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders were looking to build some confidence against Kansas before heading to Norman, but instead they barely escaped Lawrence with a win. It’s probably safe to say they didn’t take the Jayhawks too seriously during the week, but when Kliff Kingsbury says “We were lucky to win the game”, it has to raise some eyebrows.

The TCU at Iowa State Announcers: The last time a top 5 team came to Ames at night the Cyclones ruined Oklahoma State’s National Titles hopes. So when the Cardinal and Gold was only down three to #3 TCU heading to the locker rooms at the half, it caught the college football world’s attention. However, the announcers weren’t nearly as interested in the game as everyone else.

It seemed as if they’d rather be at any other game but that one. TCU realized they’re a pretty good football team in the second half, but for the announcers it was just background noise as they talked about what went down in other games across the college football landscape. When they did talk about the game, it was somehow even worse.

It was if we were listening to two people on a blind date that just weren’t into each other. Awkward silence hung in the air; only interrupted by the occasional observation. There was some general agreement, but then it was back to silence. In a game that included the 2-4 Cyclones, the announcers were the worst things about it.

The Ugly

Kansas State Quarterbacks: Bill Snyder is running out of options at QB. Injuries are mounting, and starting QB Joe Hubener isn’t getting the job done. He was benched in the first half against the Sooners after completing just six of his 14 passes. To make matters worse, two of those catches were by players in crimson and cream.

Coach Snyder was forced to see what Kody Cook could do, but not surprisingly, the wide receiver/5th-string quarterback didn’t fare any better. He completed just two passes on the day. One for a 6 yard gain, and the other to the Sooner’s Zack Sanchez for a pick six.