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Big 12 QBs and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week 2



Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson helped off the field - AP Photo - Charlie Riedel
AP Photo - Charlie Riedel

Whether it was just poor performances, tough injuries, or the rest of the team letting them down, week two wasn’t what five Big 12 signal callers had hoped it was going to be.

That Could Have Bean Better

Jason Bean was impressive in the Jayhawk’s loss to Coastal Carolina, so why is he on this list? Because whether he would admit it or not, it has to be frustrating to put together that kind of performance and be continually let down by his receivers while getting thumped 49-22.

The North Texas transfer finished with 189 yards passing on just 12 completions, and was the Jayhawk’s leading rusher with another 102 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

Purdy Sure That Didn’t Go As Planned

The Cy-Hawk rivalry did not go at all as Iowa State fans had hoped. Iowa came into Jack Trice Stadium and left with a 27-17 victory as Brock Purdy just couldn’t seem to get anything going. Whether it was the pressure of the moment, him trying to do too much, or the Iowa defensive scheme giving him issues, Purdy struggled.

The veteran quarterback completed just 13 of his 27 passes before being benched after his third interception on the day.

Oof. To be fair to Purdy though, one of the picks was tipped at the line, and another went through the receivers hands. Still, a less than 50 percent completion percentage is rough.

After the game, Coach Matt Campbell said that he pulled Purdy to help settle him down, and that Purdy is still the guy moving forward.

More Like Tyler No-Shough

After an impressive debut in week one against Houston, the Oregon transfer had a rough day yesterday against *checks notes* Stephen F. Austin.

Shough completed just 11 of his 21 pass attempts, but it was his two interceptions and a fumble that kept the Lumberjacks hanging around.

Moving forward, Shough is going to have to get comfortable with the rest of the receiving corp. Six of his 11 completions went to Erik Ezukanma, while no other receiver had more than two catches.

It Just Wasn’t In The Cards

Texas went into Fayetteville as a 6-point favorite over Arkansas. They left with their tail between their legs in a 40-21 stomping that wasn’t even that close.

Quarterback Hudson Card and the Texas offense struggled to move the ball against the Razorbacks. The offensive line looked lost and the Longhorns trailed 16-0 at the half. Although, it felt like they might as well have been down by 50 as Card was 4 of 8 passing, and Texas had just three first downs and 78 totals yards for the half.

The Longhorn faithful took to Twitter to voice their frustrations and they were ruthless.

Card was eventually pulled in the third quarter in favor of Casey Thompson. Thompson provided a spark to the offense with two rushing touchdowns, but the damage had already been done.

Your Heart Breaks For Skylar Thompson

The Kansas State quarterback suffered a freak, non-contact injury on Saturday. As he attempted to lead-block for running back Deuce Vaughn, Thompson suddenly pulled up and went to the ground while avoiding putting weight on his right knee.

Trainers tried to console Thompson on the field, but coach Klieman’s reaction said everything as he dropped to his knees next to his quarterback. It was clear that, for the 2nd-straight season, Thompson had suffered a significant injury.

Thompson missed last season after suffering a shoulder injury in week three.

The good news, if there is any, is that Thompson was able to walk into the locker room under his own power. Coach Klieman didn’t give any specifics after the game, so hopefully, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the senior quarterback.