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BAYLOR: The Bears (3-0) came out of their bye week and dismantled ULM, 70-7, to remain unbeaten. Bryce Petty had four touchdown passes and ran in a score in the victory. Petty went 18-for-27 for 351 yards and Antwan Goodley caught five passes for 156 yards and two scores for the Bears, who have won their first three games of the season by a combined score of 209-23. They currently lead the nation in total offense (751.3) and scoring offense (69.7), while ranking second in scoring defense (7.7) as they have simply dominated on both sides of the ball. Against ULM, Baylor piled up five first-quarter touchdowns to grab a 35-0 lead after 15 minutes of play. The Bears totaled 781 yards, despite controlling the ball for a little less than 27 minutes. Lache Seastrunk finished the game with 156 yards on 10 carries. Baylor has off next week and will start Big 12 action on Oct. 5 at home against West Virginia

IOWA STATE: The Cyclones (0-2) were idle this past weekend, their second open date in a three-week span. After opening the season with narrow home losses to Northern Iowa (28-20) and Iowa (27-21), they'll travel to Tulsa on Thursday for their first road tilt.

KANSAS: It wasn't pretty, but the Jayhawks managed to notch a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech to improve to 2-1. Matthew Wyman's 52-yard field goal as time expired was the difference in the contest. Kansas, which finished just 1-11 a season ago with the lone victory coming against South Dakota State (31-17) in the opener, was led by quarterback Jake Heaps who converted 28-of-46 passes for 279 yards and a score, but he was also picked off twice in the decision. Tony Pierson recorded nine catches for 82 yards. KU never led until Wyman's last-second kick, which followed two Louisiana Tech fumbles inside the five- yard line in the fourth quarter. The walk-off win was the Jayhawks' first since 2005, and the 50-yard field goal was the school's first since 2009. Kansas will take a break from game action this week and then will host Texas Tech on Oct. 5.

KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats fell to 2-2 with Saturday's 31-21 setback at Texas. Tyler Lockett had 13 catches for a school-record 237 receiving yards, but his efforts were not enough to give K-State its sixth consecutive victory in the head-to-head series with the Longhorns. Running back John Hubert scored twice on the ground, although he finished with just 41 rushing yards on 12 carries. Jake Waters completed 19-of-30 passes for 275 yards to go along with a rushing TD, but he faced constant pressure in the pocket and was sacked four times. Outside of Lockett, Waters had only 38 passing yards to other targets on the day. The Wildcats fell behind 17-0 early, then trailed 24-7 after fumbling away their opening possession of the third quarter. KSU will get a bye this week and will have two weeks to prepare for its Oct. 5 road tilt at Oklahoma State.

OKLAHOMA: The No. 14 Sooners (3-0) were idle this week. They'll travel to Notre Dame on Saturday for a nationally-televised showdown with the 22nd- ranked Fighting Irish.

OKLAHOMA STATE: The 11th-ranked Cowboys (3-0) were off this week. Up next, they'll face West Virginia on the road on Saturday afternoon.

TCU: The Horned Frogs got the weekend off. They fell to 1-2 with a loss to Texas Tech on Sept. 12, and they'll try to rebound at home against SMU this weekend.

TEXAS: Johnathan Gray rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns as the Texas Longhorns earned a 31-21 win in the Big 12 opener against the Kansas State Wildcats at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Longhorns snapped a five-game losing streak in the series to beat the Wildcats for the first time since 2003. David Ash completed 14-of-25 pass attempts for 166 yards and a touchdown for Texas (2-2, 1-0 Big 12). However, he was forced to leave the game at halftime to be evaluated for a head injury and did not return. He also missed the previous game with concussion-like symptoms. Case McCoy came on and threw for 59 yards on 5-of-9 passing. Kendall Sanders caught Ash's lone touchdown pass and finished with three catches for 80 yards. Marcus Johnson had five receptions for 70 yards. Texas finished with 452 yards of total offense and converted on 9-of-18 third down attempts. Texas had four sacks in the game while Kansas State had just one. The Longhorns are idle this coming weekend, and they'll travel to Iowa State on Oct. 3.

TEXAS TECH: The 24th-ranked Red Raiders improved to 4-0 with Saturday's 33-7 home win over Texas State. Davis Webb had two touchdown passes but was just 19-of-43 and was intercepted twice. Still, he did throw for 310 yards for the Red Raiders (4-0), who have won every game by double digits and own the nation's No. 4 passing offense (408.5). He took over for starter Baker Mayfield early in the second quarter, although Mayfield did return late in the fourth to finish 14-of-20 for 124 yards and an interception. Jace Amaro had nine catches for 86 yards, while Bradley Marquez and Eric Ward each caught a score in the win. By game's end, TTU had outgained Texas State, 552-240, to take a 3-0 lead in the head-to-head series. Ryan Bustin had four field goals and the Red Raiders defense allowed only 232 total yards. Tech has off next week before a Big 12 matchup at Kansas.

WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers dropped to 2-2 with Saturday's lopsided 37-0 setback at Maryland. Redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress, who was quite impressive in his collegiate debut against Georgia State a week earlier, struggled in this one. He completed only 11-of-22 passes for 62 yards and two interceptions on the day. Along with those two picks, Ronald Carswell fumbled a punt as WVU found itself trailing, 30-0, at the half. The Terrapins effectively ran out the clock in the second half under steady rainfall to snap the Mountaineers' seven-game winning streak in the head-to-head series. Dreamius Smith finished with 74 yards on 12 carries for West Virginia, but with Maryland building a comfortable lead and the weather impacting the game, the ground game was essentially negated. WVU hosts Oklahoma State this weekend.

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