The battle of Texas saw over 100 points scored on a day where Sark saw Texas go ham. Our BIG XII Week 4 Review starts right there in the DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium Austin, TX.
Bijan Robinson showed exactly why he’s in the conversation for the best player in college football on Saturday. On the Longhorns first drive facing a 4th and 3, Thompson hit Robinson in the flat and after juking a defender out of his cleats he ran for the 38 yard score.
The Longhorns ran away with this one, doubling the Red Raiders’ points total by dropping a 70 burger on Matt Wells’ team. It was over at the half with Sark’s boys leading 42-14. They executed better all over the field Saturday afternoon, something the head coach will value above the dominant win.
It appears Texas has found its guy in Casey Thompson. He had an impressive day going 18/23 for 303-5-1. It doesn’t look like Card will get another shot any time soon. Robinson only had the one touchdown through the air with Roschon Johnson (probably smartly) getting the goal line work and picking up two on the ground. Xavier Worthy also had a day. He notched 100 yards for three scores, whilst Whittington is nipping at his heels for the number one spot with 93 yards and a score of his own. The Longhorns defence joined the fun with two interceptions, one of which Josh Thompson returned for a 27 yard score. They kept the Tech receivers at bay, only allowing a couple of explosive plays. Something we can expect when Tech are having to throw on almost every down.
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Tech did their best to keep pace but there wasn’t much they could do. Other than a couple of chunk plays on the ground from back-up running back Chadarius Townsend, they ran for less than 3.5 yards a carry. They clearly missed Tahj Brooks, their best running back so far this season who was out with an injury. Shough’s injury led to Columbi getting his chance and his performance would’ve given Wells something to think about. He completed 17/23 for 324-3-1, an impressive stat line given the circumstances.
Texas were simply too much for the Red Raiders. Sark will be very pleased for a number of reasons. His Longhorns executed well all afternoon but more importantly the team showed growth. They did what Texas is expected to do against inferior teams, but hasn’t for a while: dominate them.
A dominant third quarter from the SMU Mustangs saw them do enough to beat Patterson’s Horned Frogs. It was a day for the running backs as TCU’s Zach Evans ran for 113, and SMU’s Ulysses Bently IV and Tre Siggers ran for 153 and 110 respectively. Duggan also had a good day going 16/28 for 276-3-0, but it wasn’t enough for the high powered SMU offence.
Spencer Sanders had somewhat of a bounce back game, leading the Cowboys to a strong win at home going 22/34 for 344-2-0. Kleiman’s Wildcats struggled to move the ball in the absence of QB Skylar Thompson. Gundy’s team simply did enough for the win, but no more.
The Bears pulled off the upset to go 4-0, firmly ending any hope the Cyclones had of running the table and making the College Football Playoff. Even though star running back Breece Hall ran for 190-2, huge explosive plays cost Campbell’s team the W. Ebner running for a kick return touchdown when the game was 21-16 put it out of reach for the Cyclones. They never recovered and the Bears did enough to get the win with a late 4th quarter INT.
Kansas lost, again. But, they did score 33 points doing it, so there are positives to be taken from this. Leipold has arguably the hardest job in college football, but the Jayhawks team is already showing signs of improvement. Devin Neal had a great game on the ground with 17-107-1 whilst receiver Trevor Wilson had a huge day with 5-122-0. Making explosive plays is something we haven’t seen from the Jayhawks in a while.
Fans called for Caleb Williams as a last second field goal was needed for the Sooners to get a win at home against WV. Rattler Struggled again, going 26/36 for 256-1-1, a far cry from the stat lines of QB’s past. Riley’s offence just looked impotent and the preseason projections of Rattler to be a top pick in next year’s draft look to be dead. Neal Brown will take plenty of positives out of the game with another strong performance by his defence that lost a lot in the offseason.
Written by Jake @dyanstybrit