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Big 12 Update: Kansas Wins First Road Game This Decade, Texas Escapes Golden Hurricane



The Big 12 bounced back from a rough Week 1 and went 8-2 this weekend.

A nine-year drought ended and maybe one day down the line we’ll all remember the day Kansas beat CMU.

Here’s a recap of Week 2 in Big 12 football.

No. 16 TCU 42, SMU 12

This game was actually close at halftime. The Horned Frogs took a 14-12 lead into the break before coming out and routing the Mustangs in the second half.

KaVontae Turpin was a force for TCU. Turpin, a senior wide receiver, had a touchdown reception, and he returned a punt 78 yards for another touchdown.

Turpin is the second Horned Frog to score a touchdown off a punt return already this season.

No. 6 Oklahoma 49, UCLA 21

This was another dominant victory for the Sooners, but the big story of the game was Rodney Anderson’s knee injury.

There’s no official word, yet, but initial whispers are saying the injury could be season-ending.

Kyler Murray had another nice outing, throwing for 306 yards and three touchdowns and running for 69 yards and another two touchdowns.

CeeDee Lamb also had a ridiculous near-catch and a nice touchdown catch. Lamb finished with 146 yards and a touchdown.

No. 14 West Virginia 52, Youngstown State 17

Will Grier had only five incompletions Saturday, as he went 21-for-26 with 332 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

Grier is fifth in the country in passing yards with 761, and he is tied for second with passing touchdowns with nine.

Grier’s premier target, David Sills, took a back seat to Marcus Simms and Gary Jennings on Saturday. Simms caught eight passes for 119 yards, while Jennings had six catches, 97 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 18 Mississippi State 31, Kansas State 10

K-State’s offensive woes continued in Week 2.

The Wildcats had 213 total yards to Mississippi State’s 538. K-State used both Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton at quarterback again. Thompson got significantly more run, but the pair combined for 100 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception with 38 rushing yards.

The K-State defense also allowed two 100-yard rushers, as Kylin Hill ran for 211 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns, and Nick Fitzgerald had 159 yards on 19 touches.

Kansas 31, Central Michigan 7

From losing to an FCS team to taking down some former giant killers, it’s been a wild two weeks for the Jayhawks.

Before Saturday, KU hadn’t won a road game in more than 3,000 days, but the Jayhawks’ game against CMU wasn’t even close.

The Jayhawks got solid production out of running back Pooka (yes, Pooka) Williams Jr. (There are more than one Pooka). Williams rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

The KU defense picked off CMU quarterback Tony Poljan four times.

So, yeah, Kansas might have lost to Nicholls State at home, but the Jayhawks are undefeated on the road this year, and that calls for a celebration.

Texas Tech 77, Lamar 0

Believe it or not, Lamar beat its Week 1 opponent by 63.

There’s honestly not much to say about this one. No one put up a real gaudy stat line because so many people got to play.

The Red Raiders’ defense held Lamar to 182 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers.

It was the first shutout Tech put up since 2006.

Iowa 13, Iowa State 3

The Cyclones’ game last week got canceled because of weather, and it looks like the Iowa State offense could’ve used the tune up.

ISU quarterback Kyle Kempt left the game with a knee injury that could keep him out for a while but isn’t expected to keep him out the entire season. Before he left, Kempt went 15-for-21 with 126 yards. He was also sacked three times, resulting in negative-25 rushing yards for him.

Life doesn’t get easier for the Cyclones next week, as they host Oklahoma after upsetting the Sooners in Norman last season.

Baylor 37, UTSA 20

Don’t look now, but the Baylor Bears have already doubled their win total from 2017.

Desepite being outperformed Week 1, Charlie Brewer got the start at quarterback over Jalan McClendon again. Brewer, a sophomore, preformed much better against the Roadrunners. He finished 23-of-34 with 328 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Baylor receivers Jalen Hurd and Denzel Mims put up nearly identical stat lines from wide receiver. Hurd had eight catches for 136 yards and a touchdown while Mims also brought in eight receptions but had 133 yards and a touchdown.

Texas 28, Tulsa 21

Dang, Tulsa almost did it and probably should have.

Tulsa missed three field goals and had four chances to score from the Texas 7-yard line, but the Golden Hurricane couldn’t get it done.

Sam Ehlinger had a much better performance against Tulsa. He went 21-for-27 with 237 yards, two touchdowns and most importantly zero interceptions. Lil’Jordan (again with these names) Humphrey was Ehlinger’s favorite target. Humphrey had 109 receiving yards and a touchdown.

The Longhorns host USC next week in a game that would probably be pretty good if it was 2005, but for now, I’ll leave you with this nice soundbite from Texas great escape of Tulsa.

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