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September 30, 2013

Big 12 Breakdown: Week 5

TCU got the rivalry win Saturday in its last non-conference game of the year.
It was a pretty light week for the Big 12 with only half of the teams playing games and there was just one Big 12 conference game.
That one conference game was a doozy as West Virginia shocked the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who many had pegged as the best team in the conference. Now that title seems to be bestowed upon the other Oklahoma team.
The Horned Frogs visit Norman this week to try and cause a little more havoc in the Big 12 and get their first conference victory.
Here's quick recap of the weekend that was for the Big 12.

Oklahoma- 35 Notre Dame- 21
The Sooners snapped their seven game losing streak against Notre Dame with the 35-21 win on the road. Oklahoma made two interceptions in the first five minutes of the game to take an early 14 point lead and never look back. OU had more first downs (25/12), more total yards (450/324), more passing yards (238/104), and controlled time of possession (35:44/24:16). Blake Bell completed 22 of 30 passing attempts for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Sooners host TCU on Saturday.
Bob Stoops: "A year ago I thought we lost the game in the last half of the fourth quarter, and we were determined not to let that happen this time because it was still a two-possession game. We've got a chance to be really good. But we're a work in progress. It's only our fourth game."

West Virginia- 30 Oklahoma State- 21
In one of the biggest shockers of the season so far, West Virginia took down Oklahoma State in Morgantown. Based on the way the Mountaineers had played this season, nobody saw this upset coming. West Virginia QB Clint Trickett completed 24 of 50 passes for 309 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. WVU also got help from its defense who picked off J.W. Walsh twice. Oklahoma State faces Kansas State next while West Virginia travels to Waco to try and slow down Baylor.
Dana Holgorson:"There has been a bunch of emotions over the past week, embarrassment and disappointment. But they kept working. It was the best week of practice that we have had all year. We felt like we could win, so we went out there and wanted it pretty bad."
Mike Gundy:"There were times when we were functioning and doing fine, and then we'd have a drop or two, then a poor throw and then we'd put the ball on the ground. Those aren't small mistakes. Those are big mistakes."

Iowa State- 38 Tulsa- 21
Aaron Wimberly rushed for 137 yards and the Cyclones defense held Tulsa to 86 yards on the ground as Iowa State defeated Tulsa by 17 points at Chapman Stadium. The Golden Hurricanes turned the ball over four times, three of them because of quarterback Cody Green. Iowa State faces Texas on Thursday night in Ames.
Paul Rhoads:''We've been working very hard, and I think we've really improved. 'That's a lot of practices and a lot of maintaining focus to do what's right and improve and that's exactly what they did."


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