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Recapping Week 12 in the Big 12: Almost, Kansas, almost

Oklahoma State gets waxed and OU escaped Lubbock…somehow.



Tyrone Swoopes takes down OSU. (USATSI)

Tyrone Swoopes takes down OSU. (USATSI)

Oklahoma State vs Texas

I’m going to try to remain somewhat positive here, if that’s at all possible.

My expectations were not high heading into this game, but my goodness, I did not expect a performance like that. 192 total yards, 9 first downs, and 7 points.

That output won’t work at the high school level, and apparently it doesn’t work against fairly average college teams either.

Daxx Garman threw for only 158 yards, but let’s be honest, the chances he had to actually survey the defense were few and far between.

The Cowboys rushed for 34 yards as a team, which is approximately 8 percent of what Melvin Gordon totaled on Saturday (408 rushing yards).

One of the rather depressing things I took away from this game is that Texas really didn’t play all that well.

I was impressed with Tyrone Swoopes, who threw for 305 yards and 2 TDs, but the rest of the Longhorns played fairly average. Personally, I think Swoopes is going to be a really good college quarterback.

He has the size, athleticism, and a cannon for an arm, I’ll take my chances with that.

Meanwhile, it was too hard to tell if the Texas defense played well, mainly due to the Oklahoma State offensive ineptitude.

Either way, Texas is going bowling and Oklahoma State (probably) is not. That was all pretty negative, I apologize.

Final Result

Texas – 28
Oklahoma State – 7

This Week

Texas – Bye
Oklahoma State – @ Baylor

Texas Tech vs Oklahoma

The Sooners needed a second-half comeback and a huge performance from Samaje Perine to beat Tech in Lubbock.

Perine ran for 213 yards and 3 TDs, while averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Cody Thomas, who was filling in for the injured Trevor Knight, struggled mightily in the first half.

He threw three first-half interceptions, but managed the game well in the second half.

The Red Raider offense played pretty well but penalties killed them, just as they have all season long. Patrick Mahomes, still filling in for Davis Webb, threw for 393 yards and 4 TDss (each one to a different receiver).

Samaje Perine is the first OU running back to rush for 1,000 yards since DeMarco Murray, and the first freshman to do it since Adrian Peterson. I think this guy is something special.

“Hey uh, Bob…..If you go to Florida or Michigan, can I get a letter of rec for your gig?”

Final Result

Oklahoma – 42
Texas Tech – 30

This Week

Oklahoma – Kansas @ home
Texas Tech – @ Iowa State

Kansas vs TCU

This wasn’t the ideal performance for the Horned Frogs, especially considering they’re currently on the bubble for the College Football Playoff, but they got the job done.

Kansas, which was up 20-10 after their first drive of the second half, just didn’t have enough firepower down the stretch to get the win.

Michael Cummings played extremely well once again, throwing for 332 yards and 2 TD’s. The Jayhawks have been playing inspired football ever since Clint Bowen took over, the interim head coach who Kansas continues to strongly support.Trevone Boykin and the TCU offense struggled at times, turning the ball over three times, but made the plays they needed to down the stretch.

Boykin threw for 330 yards and 1 TD, and Aaron Green, filling in B.J. Catalon, rushed for 128 yards and 2 TD’s.

TCU better bring their A-game to Austin on Thanksgiving, or the Longhorns could very well pull the season-ruining upset.

In the bigger picture, TCU needs to win in impressive fashion because after this week they are probably on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff.

Final Result

TCU – 34
Kansas – 30

This Week

TCU – @ Texas
Kansas – @ Oklahoma

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