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Conference Call: OU Hangs on in Waco, Tech Fends off Houston



With the start of Week 4 begins conference play for six teams while others have byes or continue non-conference play.

West Virginia @ Kansas

It doesn’t appear that this is your older brother’s Kansas team — the Jayhawks racked up 564 yards of offense and went into the fourth quarter down 35-27.

West Virginia raced out to a 28-3 lead in the second and went into halftime up 35-13 but it was a career day from running back Khalil Herbert who ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns.

As good teams with good quarterbacks (against undermanned teams) do, Mountaineer quarterback Will Grier quelled the rebellion with a pair of rushing touchdowns to ice the game.

Final Score: West Virginia 56, Kansas 34

Texas Tech @ Houston

In their final test before league play, Texas Tech continued an encouraging string of games to begin what’s thought to be Kliff’s last stand.

Don’t eulogize Coach Bro just yet — they looked solid on Saturday in Houston.

The offense was mildly kept under wraps – 27 points with 321 yards passing but the defense was incredibly opportunistic, forcing five turnovers. Tech was two yards away from having two-one hundred yard rushers.

Houston’s touted transfer quarterback Kyle Allen was shut down for 217 yards passing with a score and two picks, and for the first time in who knows how long, a quarterback was pulled for inefficiency against the Tech defense.

The Red Raiders went up 27-10 with 7:48 to go in the fourth and the Big 12’s ownership of the American Athletic conference is complete.

Final Score: Texas Tech 27, Houston 20

Oklahoma @ Baylor

The winless Bad News Bears gave OU more than they wanted on Saturday night in Waco.

Baker did everything he could to rile the opposition with some harsh words and Baylor responded with their most impressive showing of the season.

In a back-and-forth affair, Baylor quarterback Zach Smith gave the Sooners’ secondary heck and receiver Denzel Mims’ looked like Baylor freak athletes of old scoring three touchdowns and one heck of a sideline grab.

OU’s running backs — Abdul Adams and Trey Sermon had fantastic games. Both had typical OU gut-wrenching, game-changing runs that extinguished momentum at key points. Baylor made it a game, going into the fourth up three, but Baker baker’d for 48 yards to Kentucky-transfer Jeff Badet and a pair of running scores by Sermon put it away.

Note to Baker — save the smack talk for non-Power Five teams without athletes capable of this.

Final Score: Oklahoma 49, Baylor 41

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