By Cody Soto
Kansas (3-7, 1-6) at No. 21 Oklahoma (7-3, 4-3)
Kansas makes the trip to Norman, Okla., to face No. 21 Oklahoma in a Big 12 contest Saturday morning.
The Jayhawks almost shocked the conference by upending the TCU Horned Frogs but fell short 34-30 in a thrilling game in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas led as much as 10 points late in the third quarter with a 78-yard touchdown pass to receiver Nigel King.
Quarterback Michael Cummings had 332 passing yards on 19 receptions for two touchdowns and an interception in the loss. A 69-yard touchdown run by TCU doomed the Jayhawks late in the third quarter, and Kansas dropped to 1-6 in conference play.
The Sooners struggled in the opening half of Saturday’s matchup with Texas Tech in Lubbock, but Oklahoma used a strong offensive effort in the final 15 minutes to take a 42-30 win. Starting quarterback Trevor Knight did not play in Saturday’s game and quarterback Cody Thomas stepped in for 133 yards on 10 receptions for one score and three interceptions.
Most of the Sooners’ success came from the running game, and true freshman Samaje Perine led the team with 213 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the win.
Oklahoma and Kansas kick off at 11 a.m., this Saturday on Fox Sports 1.
Texas Tech (3-7, 1-6) at Iowa State (2-7, 0-6)
Two of the Big 12’s struggling programs face off Saturday afternoon as Texas Tech and Iowa State meet in Ames, Iowa.
Things looked hopeful for the Red Raiders as they took a 14-7 lead over the Oklahoma Sooners into halftime. Patrick Mahomes started at quarterback for Texas Tech and posted 393 yards for four scores in the loss. The largest lead by the Red Raiders was on a 47-yard touchdown pass to receiver Devin Lauderdale early in the third quarter to put Texas Tech in a 21-7 lead. The Red Raiders allowed five touchdowns and only compensated with a score and a field goal for the rest of the game.
Things just keep getting worse for the Iowa State Cyclones. The team is winless in the Big 12 conference so far, and the team heads into Saturday’s game with a 34-14 loss to Kansas on Nov. 8. Grant Rohach started at quarterback for the Cyclones and was 25-for-50 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the loss.
Iowa State struggled on third down efficiency and went 7-for-16 during the game, allowing 514 offensive yards against Kansas. The Cyclones’ lone scores were in the second and third quarter, both of which were touchdown passes to E.J. Bibbs and D’Vario Montgomery from Rohach.
Texas Tech and ISU meet for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff time.