Kansas State continues tear

Matt Warden

Kansas State defeated Kansas 56-16 led by quarterback Collin Klein, who passed for 129 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 116 yards and two scores. Running back John Hubert added 101 yards and a career-high four touchdowns of his own.

The game was close in the first half until a fire was lit under the Wildcats, who scored four touchdowns in the third quarter, sealing the Jayhawks’ fate.

“I think they were angry as much as anything, which is probably the best mental approach and emotion they could have in that situation,” Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said of the mood in the locker room at halftime.

Focus and determination are keys, and the Wildcats have exemplified this through five weeks of football, which has them sitting tied with West Virginia atop the Big 12 standings.

Oklahoma bounces back into contention

After a tough loss to Kansas State in its first Big 12 game of the season, Oklahoma was anxious to get back on the field against Texas Tech in Week 5.

Buoyed by Landry Jones’ 259 passing yards and two touchdowns, the Sooners took down a previously unbeaten Texas Tech team, 41-20, capturing their first conference win of the season. Jones hasn’t looked like his usual self so far this year, but this performance may have put him and Oklahoma back in business.

“You’ve just got to realize what kind of player you are and realize what you’re capable of and kind of silence the outside and not really listen to what’s going on around you,” Jones said. “Just realize who you are and go out there and play the way you think you’re capable of playing.”

The Sooners posted 380 total yards and 41 points on a Red Raider defense that had only allowed 43 points in its previous four games combined. With momentum now on their side, the Sooners are ready to enter the Cotton Bowl for their annual Red River Rivalry game with Texas.

Iowa State shakes up the Big 12

The Iowa State Cyclones lost their first conference game of the season to a surprising Texas Tech team. And entering their Week 5 matchup against No. 15 TCU, the Cyclones were expected to succumb to the same fate.

But they didn’t.

It wasn’t pretty, but Iowa State defeated the Horned Frogs, 37-23, creating chaos in the Big 12 standings. Although TCU was without starting quarterback Casey Pachall because of a highly publicized suspension, a win is a win.

The Iowa State defense stole the spotlight in the game, bullying the Horned Frogs into committing five turnovers, including three interceptions from their backup quarterback, Trevone Boykin. On the offensive side of the ball, wide receiver Josh Lenz hauled in five catches for an impressive 147 yards and all three of quarterback Jared Barnett’s touchdown passes, while also throwing for a 15-yard touchdown of his own.

Iowa State slides into a five-way tie for second place in the Big 12 at 1-1 in conference play with this victory.