Big 12 Conference News and Notes

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BAYLOR: The Bears opened their schedule with a 69-3 rout over Wofford on Saturday. They jumped out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back, finishing with a staggering 692 yards of total offense, which ranked third in team single-game history. Lache Seastrunk ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryce Petty threw for 312 yards and two scores in his first start. The scoring total was Baylor's highest since 1929. The first two drives covered 70 and 65 yards, respectively, and lasted only a combined 2:05. Defensively, the Bears held a potent Wofford rushing attack to 173 yards on 60 carries as a team (2.9 ypc).

IOWA STATE: The Cyclones' 2013 campaign began with a disappointing 28-20 home loss to Northern Iowa. The defense simply had no answer for the Panthers' David Johnson, who compiled 240 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. For Iowa State, senior Justin Coleman led the way with four catches for 103 yards and a score in his first collegiate start. He was the first Cyclones player with 100 yards receiving in a season opener since Ed Williams in 1997. Sam Richardson had a career-high 316 yards of total offense (242 passing, 74 rushing). Deon Broomfield had six tackles and had a key forced fumble and fumble recovery on the UNI 20, and he finished with two fumble recoveries. The Cyclones are idle next week and will return to action against Iowa on Sept. 14.

KANSAS: The Jayhawks will begin their season next weekend at home against South Dakota.

KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats are off to a 0-1 start after falling at home to North Dakota State, 24-21. The loss snapped their 20-game season-opening win streak. The two-time defending FCS national champs went on an 18-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up over eight minutes and ended with Brock Jensen's deciding touchdown with 28 seconds remaining. Jake Waters threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats, who won 10 games before suffering their first loss last season. They were leading, 21-7, in the third quarter until things began to unravel. Waters wound up throwing two interceptions that swung the momentum in North Dakota State's favor. The Wildcats return to action next week against UL-Lafayette.

OKLAHOMA: The 16th-ranked Sooners opened their season with a 34-0 shutout win over ULM. Oklahoma ran for 305 yards and held the Warhawks to 166 total yards in the victory, flexing its muscles on both sides of the ball. Oklahoma's defense allowed 37.8 points per game over its last five tilts a year ago, including giving up a staggering 633 yards to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in a 41-13 loss in the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners, who outgained the Warhawks 429-166, held ULM to a 2-of-16 efficiency on third down. The Warhawks crossed midfield on just two occasions and recorded only nine first downs. Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight, who beat out junior Blake Bell for the starting job, tossed three touchdown passes, but completed just 11-of-28 passes for 86 yards with an interception for the Sooners, who went 10-3 and 8-1 in the Big 12 last year. Knight also ran the ball 13 times for 103 yards, while Jalen Saunders hauled in two touchdowns. OU hosts West Virginia next week.

OKLAHOMA STATE: The 13th-ranked Cowboys are 1-0 after beating Mississippi State, 21-3. Jeremy Smith had two second-half touchdown runs and finished with 102 yards on 15 carries for the Cowboys, while J.W. Walsh completed 18-of-27 passes for 135 yards and added a touchdown on a quarterback keeper. Walsh totaled 125 yards on the ground as he replaced starter Clint Chelf on the team's third offensive series. Head coach Mike Gundy said Walsh would remain the starter against UT-San Antonio next week. The Cowboys, who were the highest-ranked team from the Big 12 in the AP preseason poll, improved to 9-1 in their last 10 games against current members of the SEC. The game was OSU's first at Reliant Stadium since the 2002 Houston Bowl.

TCU: The 20th-ranked Horned Frogs hung tough with No. 12 LSU before they ultimately fell, 37-27. LSU's Terrence Magee was the difference with two second-half rushing touchdowns. B.J. Catalon and Waymon James each had a score on the ground for the Horned Frogs (0-1), who went 7-6 last season and 4-5 in conference play during their first season in the Big 12. The team fell to Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 17-16. LSU held a 16-10 lead at the half and used a turnover on the first play of the second half to add to its lead. LSU totaled 448 yards of offense, compared to just 259 from TCU. Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin combined to go 15-for-28 for 145 yards and an interception for TCU

TEXAS: The 15th-ranked Longhorns are 1-0 after dismantling New Mexico State, 56-7. David Ash threw for four touchdowns as he completed 20-of-28 passes for 343 yards. He also ran for 91 yards and a score on eight carries for the Longhorns, who were 9-4 last season and beat Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl. Malcolm Brown caught three passes for 109 yards and a score, while Daje Johnson, Mike Davis and John Harris each had a touchdown receiving. Johnson also had a touchdown on the ground, while Jalen Overstreet added two rushing touchdowns. Texas set a new program record with 715 yards of total offense, including 359 on the ground in winning for the fifth time in as many meetings in the head-to-head series. The Longhorns scored on five straight possessions after falling behind 7-0. They'll travel to BYU next weekend.

TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders notched a 41-23 win at SMU to open their season. Walk-on freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 413 yards and Kliff Kingsbury earned his first win as the head coach at Texas Tech. Kingsbury was a former quarterback for the Red Raiders from 1998-2002 and, at 34, is currently the youngest coach at a BCS school. Mayfield, who is believed to be the first walk-on true freshman QB to start a season opener for a BCS school, completed 43-of-60 pass attempts and had four passing touchdowns, while adding one on the ground. Eric Ward caught 13 of those passes for a game-high 150 yards but was not one of four receivers to collect a touchdown. Ward brought in 12 touchdown passes last season and has 23 for his career. Texas Tech has won 15 games in a row against its former Southwest Conference rival. The team will host Stephen F. Austin next weekend.

WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers grinded out a 24-17 home win over William and Mary. The offense was not particularly efficient, although the defense pitched a second-half shutout to preserve the comeback victory. After falling behind 17-7, WVU opened the second half with a 15-play, 70-yard touchdown drive and then Paul Millard found Ronald Carswell for a 69-yard touchdown on the team's next possession to tie the game. Charles Sims ran for 120 yards and a touchdown, while Millard completed 19-of-25 passes for 237 yards and a TD. Dakiel Shorts caught seven passes for 63 yards. The Mountaineers doubled up W&M in first downs, 24-12, despite converting only 2-of-10 third downs for the game. A tough matchup awaits next weekend as the Mountaineers travel to Oklahoma to face the Sooners.

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