Big 12 Conference News and Notes

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BAYLOR: One week after "struggling" to the tune of a season-low 35 points at Kansas State, sixth-ranked Baylor lit up the scoreboard in a 71-7 rout of Iowa State to remain unbeaten on the year. Bryce Petty threw for 343 yards and a pair of first half touchdowns as the Bears celebrated Homecoming with an easy victory. They also jumped up six spots from No. 12 to No. 6 in this week's AP poll, while coming in at No. 8 in the initial BCS standings. Baylor is 6-0 for the sixth time in program history and first time since 1980. Petty completed 23-of-31 before building a comfortable lead and giving way to Seth Russell, who went 5-of-7 for 39 yards. Both quarterbacks ran for a score. Lache Seastrunk ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and Antwan Goodley hauled in 11 balls for 182 yards and two scores. The Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), who cracked the 70-point mark for the fifth time this season, gained 715 yards of total offense while holding ISU to just 173. They'll travel to Kansas this week.

IOWA STATE: The Cyclones became the latest opponent to fall victim to Baylor and it's top-ranked offense, as they fell by a 71-7 margin. It marked the third consecutive setback for the fading Cyclones, who are just 1-5 on the season. Saturday's decision was the first of those five losses that were decided by more than one possession. ISU managed just 173 yards of total offense, which did not come close to getting it done against a Baylor squad that racked up 715 yards. Sam B. Richardson and Grant Rohach split time under center for Iowa State (1-5, 0-3) with minimal success. Richardson completed 7- of-14 for 68 yards and an interception, while Rohach went 8-of-13 for 65 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Baylor never gave ISU a chance, scoring twice in the early going. Petty threw a fade to Goodley for a 4-yard touchdown at the 9:28 mark of the first, and a minute later Seastrunk took it in from three yards out following Aaron Wimberly's fumble, which put Baylor at the ISU 29. Petty found Tevin Reese for 26 yards prior to the score. The Bears eventually took a 37-0 lead into the break and never looked back. Iowa State will try to get back on track when it hosts Oklahoma State this weekend.

KANSAS: The Jayhawks fell to 2-4 with Saturday's 34-19 home loss to No. 17 Oklahoma. Jake Heaps connected on just 5-of-13 passes for 16 yards and a touchdown for the Jayhawks, who have lost three in a row. James Sims carried the ball 23 times for 129 yards and two scores. The Jayhawks actually got off to a fast start, scoring a touchdown on their first possession. Sims carried the ball eight times during a 10-play series that Jimmay Mundine capped with a 1-yard TD catch. Oklahoma running back Keith Ford fumbled near the end of the first quarter. Kansas started from its own 32 and Darrian Miller ripped off a 38-yard run on the first play. A defensive pass interference penalty on the first play of the second stanza put the ball at the 11-yard line. Sims' 11- yard TD run was followed by a missed extra point as the Jayhawks led, 13-0. However, they would not score again until the fourth quarter. KU won't get a break this weekend as Baylor and it's high-powered offense comes to Lawrence.

KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats had a bye over the weekend, which came at an opportune time following three straight losses. They'll host West Virginia this Saturday.

OKLAHOMA: The 18th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners stayed perfect in games immediately following the Red River Rivalry under the guidance of Bob Stoops. Blake Bell threw two touchdown passes in the Sooners' 34-19 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Bell completed 15-of-25 passes for 131 yards and an interception for the Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 36-20 loss to Texas last weekend. They actually trailed 13-0 early in the second quarter before pouring it on with score after score. Under Stoops, Oklahoma is now 15-0 in games immediately following its rivalry clash with Texas, including a 7-0 mark against Kansas. Damien Williams carried the ball 15 times for 56 yards and a score for the Sooners, who have now won 21 consecutive games immediately following a regular-season loss dating back to 2004. Sterling Shepard caught seven passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns for the victors. OU posted 415 yards of total offense to beat Kansas for the ninth time in nine tries under Stoops. The Sooners will host undefeated Texas Tech this weekend.

OKLAHOMA STATE: Coming off their second bye week in a month, the 19th-ranked Cowboys earned a 24-10 home win over TCU to move to 5-1 on the season. It wasn't the prettiest Homecoming game, but Oklahoma State will take the win. Josh Stewart set a school record with a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown and made an acrobatic catch that set up to another score. Clint Chelf replaced J.W. Walsh at quarterback after the OSU starter threw two interceptions in the first three drives. Chelf was picked off on his first attempt, but the Cowboys scored 17 first-half points despite two missed field goals and held on late after TCU cut the lead to seven. Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) got its eighth straight home win, and 21st in a row over unranked opponents. The Cowboys are 15-1 in their last 16 home games. Desmond Roland and Rennie Childs had rushing touchdowns in the win, and Chelf was 10-of-25 for 178 yards after Walsh went 9-of-18 for 115 yards. Next up, Oklahoma State visits Iowa State to kick off a stretch of three road games in a span of four weeks.

TCU: The Horned Frogs' seesaw season continued with Saturday's 24-10 setback at 19th-ranked Oklahoma. TCU has neither won nor lost consecutive games this season. The defense forced a quarterback change for the Cowboys after intercepting passes in two of their first three drives. The Horned Frogs then picked off replacement QB Clint Chelf on his first attempt, but they were simply unable to capitalize on the scoreboard as the Cowboys scored 17 first- half points despite two missed field goals and held on late after TCU cut the lead to seven. It was a tough day for the TCU passing game, as Trevone Boykin completed only 17-of-35 passes for 188 yards and three interceptions. Waymon James had a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that got the Frogs within 17-10, but a late score clinched the win for OSU. Boykin and B.J. Catalon both rushed for 46 yards for TCU. Boykin carried 15 times and Catalon 12. TCU hosts Texas this Saturday.

TEXAS: The Longhorns were idle over the weekend. Winners of three in a row after upsetting nationally-ranked Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry the previous week, the surging Longhorns will visit TCU on Saturday.

TEXAS TECH: No. 10 Texas Tech remained unbeaten with Saturday's 37-27 win at West Virginia. Kenny Williams scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground in the second half. He carried the ball 16 times for 58 yards and caught five passes for 62 yards for the Red Raiders (7-0, 4-0 Big 12), who are 7-0 for the first time since 2008. Davis Webb completed 36-of-50 passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns. Jace Amaro caught nine balls for 136 yards and two scores, and Bradley Marquez turned eight catches into 112 yards. Trailing 27-16 late in the third quarter, Texas Tech put together an 80-yard scoring drive. The big play of the series came on 3rd-and-2 when Amaro caught a 32-yard pass. Marquez followed with a 10-yard catch before Williams' 1-yard scoring run. Williams added another rushing touchdown in the early stages of the fourth period. After the defense forced consecutive three-and-outs, Tech took over at its own 31 with 4 1/2 minutes to play. Jordan Davis' 27-yard catch led to Amaro's 10- yard TD catch on 3rd-and-goal, and the clock ran out on West Virginia. The Red Raiders travel to Oklahoma this week in a battle of ranked rivals.

WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers let one slip away at home against 10th-ranked Texas Tech, as they fell by a 37-27 final. West Virginia led 27-16 late in the third quarter before Texas Tech made its move, scoring 21 unanswered points to seal the outcome. The Mountaineers offense, which was able to move the chains effectively for three quarters, had two costly three-and-outs late in the game that helped breathe life into the Red Raiders. In fact, they managed only 29 yards in the decisive fourth quarter. WVU was also penalized seven times for 80 yards in the contest, in addition to losing a key fumble at the one-yard line just before halftime. Clint Trickett connected on 27-of-43 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown for the Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3), who have dropped two in a row since a win over then-No. 11 Oklahoma State on Sept. 28. Dreamius Smith carried the ball 16 times for 89 yards and two scores in defeat. The Mountaineers will be on the road for the next two weeks to take on Kansas State and TCU.

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