Big 12 Notebook: Sooners fall to Cyclones, Horned Frogs escape Mountaineers

Dawson Hinkley

The Longhorns earned their second conference win of the season over the weekend, winning in double overtime against Kansas State. However, Texas wasn’t the only Big 12 team in action over the weekend. Here’s how the rest of the conference games played out.

Sooners fall to Cyclones

Oklahoma had been rolling through its competition this season with little resistance prior to Saturday’s matchup with Iowa State. Besides a hiccup against Baylor in which they narrowly squeezed out a victory, the Sooners have shown complete dominance over their competition. But that changed when the Cyclones strolled into Norman as 30.5-point underdogs.

After starting 4–0 and taking down the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma became the favorite to win the Big 12 and represent the conference in the College Football Playoff. No one expected a 3–2 Cyclone team to take down an Oklahoma squad led by Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield. But they did.

The Sooners initially built a 24-10 lead around their star studded offense and stout defense. And while it seemed as if Oklahoma would take that 14-point lead all the way to the final buzzer, the Cyclones had other plans.

Iowa State rallied back to take the lead with four minutes remaining before a touchdown catch from receiver Allen Lazard knocked off the Sooners to the tune of a 38-31 final score. The Cyclones gave Mayfield a taste of his own medicine postgame, planting an Iowa flag in the middle of the Oklahoma logo. And to make matters worse for the Sooners, they dropped out of the top-five with the loss, falling to No. 12 in the top 25.

Texas Tech lights up scoreboard

Texas Tech was on a 10-game win streak against Kansas when it rolled into Lawrence on Saturday afternoon, and that double-digit streak wouldn’t be snapped this weekend as the Red Raiders scored over 60 points against a hapless Jayhawk defense.

Texas Tech’s offense showed a new burst in its rushing game in the form of senior running back Justin Stockton. Stockton ran for 161 yards and one touchdown on only 15 carries. He was joined by junior running back Desmond Nisby, who added to the Raiders’ impressive rushing total with 93 yards and four touchdowns. Texas Tech’s victory extended their undefeated streak in Lawrence with a final score victory of 65-19, dropping the Jayhawks to 1–4 on the season. With the victory, Texas Tech squeezed into the top 25, entering this upcoming week No. 24 in the nation.

Horned Frogs narrowly escape Mountaineers

With Oklahoma’s loss this week, TCU is in prime position to usurp the Sooners as the top dog in the Big 12. But first, they had to escape West Virginia.

The battle of top 25 opponents was a back-and-forth affair throughout. TCU scored in the final minutes on a diving rushing touchdown from quarterback Kenny Hill to break a 24-24 tie, resulting in a 31-24 victory for the Horned Frogs. With the victory, TCU remained unbeaten and moved up to No. 6 in the AP poll. West Virginia fell to a 3–2 record with the loss.