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Big 12 Week 3 Recap: Texas Loses Heartbreaker



The third week of Big 12 play saw some teams take a break, some teams go to overtime and some teams win big. Time to look closer at which teams will be heading into conference play undefeated.


The Sooners led Tulsa 31-10 heading into halftime, and looked poised to carry that momentum into halftime. However, Tulsa pulled off an amazing turn of events to make the game very different.

With a mere 13 seconds left on the clock before the half, quarterback Dane Evans completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Keevan Lucas, pulling Tulsa closer and making the score 31-17.

However, there was still enough time left for Tulsa to pull off another amazing feat. The Golden Hurricane squibbed the kickoff, which proceeded to bounce off an OU player and fall into Tulsa’s possession. With one second left, Evans threw a Hail Mary pass to Keyarris Garrett, who came down with the catch to complete the 43-yard touchdown.

Suddenly, Tulsa was only down seven points going into halftime and had a chance to make it a game in the third. However, the Sooners went on to pull away with the help of a huge day from quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield set a new school record for total yards with 572 total. He also threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more. The game featured a total of 1,376 yards of offense, so there was no shortage of ball movement.

Final Score

OU: 52
Tulsa: 38

Next OU game: WVU in Norman in two weeks

Kansas State-Louisiana Tech

Kansas State faced off against Louisiana Tech in Manhattan on Saturday, and even though they topped their opponent 39-33, it took three overtime periods to do so.

Once again, defense and special teams were the saving graces for this K-State team. Their offense didn’t shine, but quarterback Joe Hubener still completed 15 of 26 passes for 195 yard and three touchdowns.

K-State’s offense didn’t intimidate throughout the majority of the game, as they only averaged 4.7 yards per play and managed to scrap up 292 yards during the regulation period. However, their play changed during the fourth quarter and OT as they finally pulled away from the Bulldogs.

The crucial play of the game was a 31-yard touchdown reception from Hubener to Kody Cook during the first possession of the third overtime. That pushed the score to 39-33 and allowed K-State to enter Big 12 play without a loss.

Final Score

Kansas State: 39
Louisiana Tech: 33

Next KSU game: At OSU in two weeks

Texas Tech-Arkansas

The Texas Tech Red Raiders traveled to Fayetteville and went toe to toe with the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. The game was a fantastic Big 12 vs. SEC matchup, and luckily for the Big 12, the Red Raiders pulled out on top.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes totaled three touchdowns as Tech defeated Arkansas, 35-24. He also rushed 10 times for 58 yards.

The Razorbacks had their third straight game of totaling more than 400 yards of total offense, but Tech still surpassed them by reaching 486 yards. Arkansas’ junior running back Alex Collins rushed for a monster 170 yards and a touchdown, but Mahomes and the Red Raiders didn’t back down. And Kliff Kingsbury liked it.

Final Score

Texas Tech: 35
Arkansas: 24

Next Tech game: Saturday in Lubbock against TCU


The Texas Longhorns had every opportunity to win the game and carry that momentum into conference play. However, they have senior kicker Nick Rose to thank for their loss.

The Golden Bears left Austin with a slim one-point victory over the Longhorns after Rose missed an extra point that would have tied it with under a minute left.

Quarterback Jerrod Heard started again for Texas, and almost lead his team to a victory. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 364 yards and one interception, along with 24 carries for 163 yards and three scores. He set a new school record for total yards by a freshman.

Head coach Charlie Strong said he was stunned by the loss, as was the Texas sideline as they watched the kick miss.

Final Score

Cal: 45
Texas: 44

Next Texas game: Oklahoma State in Austin


To the surprise of nobody, quarterback Trevone Boykin did everything for his team as he threw for 454 yards and tallied six touchdowns.

The No. 3 ranked Horned Frogs didn’t see the strongest showing from their defense, but will have little to be concerned about if Boykin and their offense continue to rack up big numbers.

The defense gave up 508 yards of offense to SMU, and even allowed the Mustangs to score 20 consecutive points and give TCU a slight scare by edging close by a score of 42-37. However, a 42-yard pass from Boykin to Josh Doctson in the fourth ended the comeback attempt.

Final score

TCU: 56
SMU: 37

Next TCU game: At Tech on Saturday

Iowa State-Toledo

The third week of play featured another long OT game, as the Iowa State Cyclones fell to the Toledo Rockets after two overtime periods, 30-23.

The Cyclones were only down 13-10 heading into the third quarter, but the Rockets proceeded to string together a 67-yard touchdown drive that gave me a 10-point cushion. But Iowa State refused to go away, as they tacked on another score and a long 47-yard field goal to send the game to OT.

The Rockets’ Damion Jones-Moore busted out a 10-yard run to give his team a 30-23 lead in the second overtime, and then Toledo’s defense went on to hold the Cyclones offense and steal the victory.

Final Score

Toledo: 30
Iowa State: 23

Next ISU game: Home against Kansas in two weeks

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