This weeks BIG XII Week 3 Review starts with the game of the week which saw Boise just loose out to The Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Oklahoma State had a guardian angel last night and Boise fans would argue it was dressed in black and white. A highly controversial call by refs with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter saw a scoop and score by Boise blown dead at the 40 yard line. Jaylen Warren was called down initially, but on review it was a clear fumble. The refs, for some reason, blew the play dead during the Broncos scoop-and-score run.
Boise still marched into field goal range with a chance at the win, but the kick was tipped at the line and sailed wide left. Who knows what would have happened had the touchdown stood? There was still plenty of time on the clock left for the Cowboys to score. However, Sanders again looked bad for most of the game (6-82-0) with Warren accounting for 218 of the Cowboys 328 total yards. Time would’ve been a factor and I wouldn’t have felt confident in Sanders ability to drive the field.
Stagnant Second Half
Not a single point was scored in the second half in what became a very strange game by all accounts. The only real positives were a solid defensive showing and Warren’s 218-2. Cementing himself as the lead back for Gundy’s offence. His 75 yard touchdown run was the highlight of the game for the boys from Stillwater.
The Cowboys escape, again. They are starting to look like the most fraudulent 3-0 team in the country. They could realistically be 5-0 going into their home showdown against the Texas Longhorns in three weeks time. Kansas State, minus Skylar Thompson is next and a fairly green (pun absolutely intended) Baylor team awaits them after that.
Gundy’s boys have now escaped with close wins against three teams they would expect to beat comfortably. Their luck is going to run out soon.
Oklahoma haven’t been the side we thought they would be and struggled with a weak Nebraska side they should have brushed aside. They have failed to cover the spread points over the first three weeks by over 50 points combined.Spencer Rattler has fallen away from being the Heisman Favourite and the number one overall pick. Oklahoma needs to get right and fast after the slow 23-16 win.
The Hokies got behind fast in this one. Leddie Brown rattled off an 80-yard touchdown run to help WV get out to a 24-7 lead at half time. The Hokies rallied back to 21-27 in the fourth and had a shot to win it at the end but they failed to convert on a back corner fade on 4th down.
Baylor thrashed a hapless Kansas team 45-7 on Saturday. There really isn’t much to say at this point as we know just how bad Kansas is. Baylor ran the ball hard in this one as they racked up 307 yards. Abram Smith and Trestan Ebner were the work horses. The Bears get a tougher matchup next week against Iowa State.
K State left it until the fourth quarter to grab the win in this tight affair. With the game tied up at 17-17 heading into the last period, K State scored 21 unanswered points to win 38-17. Deuce Vaughn led the rushing attack for the Wildcats with 127 yards and a touchdown en route to the win and is looking fantastic as the lead back for Kansas State.
The Red Raiders got an easy win against FIU after a slow start. After a 7-7 first quarter Texas Tech scored 28 points in the second quarter which would end up being a 54-21 win. They racked up a massive 584 yards of offence which bodes well after a sluggish two wins on offence. The Red Raiders face Texas next week in a huge clash for the state.
58-0. Nothing to see here, move on. As mentioned, the battle for Texas is next for The Longhorns.
After the loss to Iowa last week The Cyclones bounced back to a huge 48-3 win over UNLV. Brock Purdy looked good again as he led Iowa State with 21 of 24 pass attempts for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Xavier Hutchinson balled out also with 10 receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Written by Jake @dynastybrit