The BIG XII Week 6 Review only has three games to cover with bye weeks now in full effect. We were treated to the best Red River Showdown in recent memory. A local points fest in Texas and Baylor continue to win with Victory over The Mountaineers.
Caleb Williams leads Oklahoma to pull off a stunning comeback in the most exciting Red River Rivalry game ever. 103 points were scored at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in a strong contender for game of the season, so far. There are so many narratives that we could explore off the back of this game, but the most obvious is this: did Spencer Rattler just lose his job?
The Sooners with Rattler under centre looked overwhelmed in the first quarter. Texas meanwhile, came out firing on all cylinders. They went 7-0 up on the first play of the game with a screen pass to true freshman Xavier Worthy. Worthy would go on to have a massive day with 9-261-2. Then a blocked punt put them up 14-0. The Sooners pulled one back but Texas quickly made it 28-7 and led 38-20 at the half.
Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on Rattler
Then, for the second time in two Red River games, Spencer Rattler was benched. Caleb Williams first took a fourth-and-one play 66 yards to the house, before Rattler missed key throws on the next drive. When he next got the ball back, Rattler lost it on a fumble and with it the starting job for the Sooners. Williams came in, threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns and completed the comeback for the win. Kennedy Brooks had a huge day 25-217-2, as did Mimms with 5-136-2.
Sark will be hugely disappointed after coming so close. The Longhorns just couldn’t adjust to the running threat of Williams and Brooks whilst having to respect the pass. Sark will take solace in the fact his quarterback may have just come of age. Thompson had a huge day going 20/34-388-5. Robinson had himself a day with 20-137-1, as well as the aforementioned Xavier Worthy.
The Sooners move to 6-0 and with Williams at quarterback who knows what their ceiling is. Texas moves to 4-2 but for the first time in years looked like they could match the Sooners. This rivalry couldn’t be more tantalising over the coming years as the two powerhouse programs move to the SEC.
Gary Patterson’s TCU returned to the Dallas area with a win after an offensive explosion against Texas Tech. Lubbock is not known for its hills and down 35-10 at half time, Matt Wells’ Red Raiders were at the bottom of a hill too big to climb. Kendre Miller and Zach Evans ran riot for 12-185-3 and 17-143-2 respectively. SaRodorick Thompson had a day on the ground for Tech also with 18-118-3, but it wasn’t enough. Horned Frogs move to 3-2 whilst the Red Raiders sit at 4-2.
Gerry Bohanon had a breakout day going 18/29-366-4, leading the Baylor Bears to a dominant conference win. Dave Aranda’s team is slowly starting to come together. There were concerns about the offence after not amassing over 300 yards in any previous games. Bohanon nixed those concerns today with a brilliant performance. Abram Smith complimented his quarterback with a nice 11-87-1, whilst Tyquan Thornton exploded with 8-187-2. Brown will be concerned about the temperature of his seat as his Mountaineers slip to 2-4. Doege looked mediocre again, whilst a meagre total of 90 rushing yards tell the story of the game for the WVA offence. Aranda will have a sneaky eye on the BIG XII championship game as his Bears move to 5-1.
Written by Jake @dyanstybrit