Baylor started off Big 12 play this weekend with a Friday night game away against Louisiana-Monroe. The Warhawks came in with an upset in mind that came close to happening.
Baylor managed to squeak out a 47-42 win, but it was a lot closer than the team would have wanted. At the end of the first quarter, the Bears were down 14-0. Quarterback Nick Florence threw two interceptions in that quarter, giving UL-Monroe an easy start. While Baylor came back in the second quarter, it wasn’t able to secure a victory until late in the second half.
“It was a dogfight,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said. “They are an extremely hot football team right now that has a tremendous amount of confidence. We walked into an environment that we knew would be a great football atmosphere to begin with. They have been good for a while.”
Linebacker racks up TOs
TCU, a newcomer to the Big 12, took on Virginia this weekend in a home showdown. The Horned Frogs captured a 27-7 win over the Cavaliers with defense being a huge part of their success.
Kenny Cain, a linebacker for the Horned Frogs, netted three of four turnovers in the game, leading his team to their 11th straight win. Two of those came from interceptions, including a 40-yard return after one, and the other came from a fumble recover in the first quarter.
“I never had a pick when I returned it. In high school, I had two picks and I caught them and fell,” Cain said. “Once I got the ball, I realized my running back days were over.”
Are the Sooners average?
Oklahoma has had some tough games early on in the season and this weekend wasn’t any different. The No. 6 Sooners hosted No. 15 Kansas State in the nationally televised game. The Wildcats left Norman, Okla., with a 24-19 win in the night game.
Oklahoma — which has since dropped out of the top 10 — has usually been able to pull out the win at home in the close games, but that wasn’t the case this time. Kansas State caused multiple mistakes for OU, including three turnovers. One of those turnovers was a fumble in the second quarter, which led to a recovery touchdown. In its next possession, Oklahoma had the ball at the 1-yard line but quarterback Blake Bell fumbled and the Wildcats recovered. That was seven points the Sooners could’ve had; they ended up losing by five.
“We had a chip on our shoulder,” Kansas State running back John Hubert said. “They came to my house and they kind of embarrassed us. We just wanted to come out and stay on them and keep pounding them, keep pounding them, keep pounding them until the best team won.”