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September 16, 2013

Big 12 Breakdown: Week 3

It was another ho-hum weekend for the Big 12.
Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas State and Oklahoma State all blew out opponents they should have.
Texas was the talk of the conference though as they suffered another tough loss. It's hard to really comprehend what is happening down there with the recruits they bring in. Austin is in total disarray right now.
Iowa beat Iowa State in the latest battle of the "Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk" Series.
The old joke of Charlie Weis losing to food is once again in play as Rice beat his Jayhawks.
Here's a quick game recap of the Big 12 teams that played Saturday.

Ole Miss- 44 Texas- 23
The problems for Mack Brown and the Longhorns continued this past weekend. Ole Miss rushed for 272 yards against a Texas defense that gave up over 500 yards rushing to BYU last week. Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace threw for 2 touchdowns and rushed for another. Texas in now 11-10 at home since 2010. Texas faces Kansas State in Austin on Saturday.
Mack Brown: "I told (the players) that I don't know why we're playing inconsistent, and we'll watch it again on video tomorrow. We were just inept on offense in the second half after the first drive of the second half." "Forget the coaches, come for the kids. Come for the young guys who are really trying, and come watch them try to beat Kansas State, which we haven't done very often. They just need to keep supporting the players."

Oklahoma- 51 Tulsa- 20
In his first career start, Blake Bell threw for 413 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Bell posted the highest passing-yardage total by any Oklahoma quarterback making his first start. It appears that the Sooners have found their starting QB. Oklahoma has a bye this week before taking on Notre Dame on the 28th.
Bob Stoops: "So much for your controversy right now. It didn't last long. You can't deny what (Blake Bell) just went out and did. I'm proud of him and excited for him. It also speaks to his character. Here's a guy that was ready for it - never got down, never changed his attitude. He got his chance and he took great advantage of it."

West Virginia- 41 Georgia State- 7
West Virginia also had a QB making its first career start. Redshirt freshman Ford Childress was 25 of 41 for 359 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Charles Sims added 116 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground and the Mountaineers improved to 2-1.
Dana Holgorsen: "Pretty good for the first game (Ford Childress) ever played in college football. He's poised. It doesn't matter how I talk to him. He doesn't let emotion get in the middle of that. And I saw that last week on the sideline when it was tight or it was a high-pressure situation."

Iowa- 27- Iowa State- 21
Iowa pulled out the victory over Iowa State on the back of Mark Weisman who rushed for 145 yards on 35 carries. The Hawkeyes rushed for 218 yards total and held the ball for over 38 minutes. Iowa State was down 27-7 before getting back into the game, but they couldn't get it done. The Cyclones are now 0-2 with a trip to Tulsa on the schedule next.
Paul Rhoads: "The fact that we lost and we needed more improvement than just a Sunday where we didn't do much and then try to drive back into a game plan, a week that we could focus on a lot of the fundamentals of the game as well as Iowa State and not just the opponent, was very beneficial to us,"

Kansas State- 37 UMass- 7
Kansas State did what they were supposed to do as they blew out UMass 37-7. Kip Daly had 2 interceptions for the Wildcats. K-State rushed for 329 yards and only committed 2 penalties. Kansas State travels to Austin to take on the Longhorns Saturday night.
Bill Snyder: "We need to get a whole lot better real quick. Real quick. Texas is good. I understand they are going through some tough times, but don't dare underestimate the University of Texas. They will be a handful for anybody."

Oklahoma State- 59 Lamar- 3
The Cowboys crushed Lamar which wasn't unexpected. Jeremy Smith rushed for 40 yards but had 3 first half touchdowns. Lamar was 7 for 23 on 3rd downs and 1 for 4 on 4th downs. Josh Stewart had 114 punt return yards on three returns. OSU has a bye before traveling to West Virginia on the 28th.
Mike Gundy: "I thought our guys played OK. We were a little sluggish and maybe even sloppy at times. Offensively, we were pretty average. It was tough for our players, getting them motivated after halftime. They did OK."

Rice- 23 Kansas- 14
Rice had 370 total yards compared to Kansas' 270. Kansas QB Jake Heaps threw 2 interceptions. The Jayhawks are now 1-1 and face Louisiana Tech this week.
Charlie Weis: "I think that our passing game, for the second week in a row, was inadequate. I don't know how many dropped balls we had again, but we dropped some big ones in this game." "I said to our defensive coaches, when you hold your opponent to 16 (offensive) points, it should be good enough to win. We played a good scheme and had a strong game from beginning to end."


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