Jake’s BIG XII Week 7 Review has some blockbuster games this week. None more so than Caleb Williams’ huge day for The Sooners.
As expected, Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach, Lincoln Riley chose to start freshman Caleb William over Spencer Rattler against TCU. It proved to be the correct choice as Williams began the game with a touchdown on the opening drive and never looked back. The Sooners quarterback ended up with a big night of 18/23-295-4 plus 9-66-1 on the ground.
TCU quarterback Max Duggan has a career best of his own. He went 20/30 for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns, whilst star wide receiver Quentin Johnston had seven catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Regardless, their explosive performances weren’t enough to match the might of the Sooners revamped offence.
The Horned Frogs had a chance to cut the game to one score late on but ended up punting after six plays. A big loss for Patterson’s team was former five-star running back, Zach Evans. The BIG XII’s second-leading rusher missing out proved costly as none of the TCU backs amassed over 55 yards on the day.
Sooner rather than later
The Sooners are now 7-0 and move to number three in the Associated Press Top 25. Riley’s team are now fully in control of their destiny. They could even take a loss on the way to a BIG XII title, although they should try to avoid it. TCU slip to 3-3 and remain unranked. The best they can hope for is a decent bowl appearance.
Keep an eye on the mention of Lincoln Riley’s name in connection with the LSU head coaching search. It’s rumoured that Scott Woodward will make Riley say no.
A Red River hangover for Texas? Maybe, but Head Coach Steve Sarkisian will be more focused on blowing two leads in two consecutive weeks. The Longhorns offence was limited to just 317 yards total offence, capped by a fourth-down stop to end any hope late in the game.
Casey Thompson came crashing back down to earth against the solid Cowboys defence. He had a bad day all around, throwing for just 179 yards and one touchdown. He had two costly interceptions also, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Gundy’s Cowboys leaned on everything they’ve done well this season. They played good defence throughout whilst Running back Jaylen Warren ran for 193 yards on 33 carries.
A tough loss for the Longhorns who move to 4-3 and lose control of their destiny for the time-being. Oklahoma State stay unbeaten at 6-0 but have a tough one next week against Iowa State.
Dave Arranda’s Bears recorded a very convincing out-of-conference win against a solid BYU team. The Bears run game was too much for the Cougars as the Waco crowd saw Abram Smith run for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Trestan Ebner also had 95 yards of his own in a big day for the Baylor run game.
One thing Aranda will be extremely pleased with was his defence’s ability to hold Tyler Allgeier to just 33 yards and a touchdown. BYU quarterback Jaren Hall threw for 345 yards but the offence could only manage 24 points.
Baylor improves to 6-1, an impressive record given the amount of questions there were about both sides of the ball coming into the season. Future BIG XII member BYU moves to 5-2.
Texas Tech ran all over Kansas in a convincing 27 point win in Manhattan. Matt Wells’ Red Raiders were already 38-0 up by the start of the fourth quarter in a solid team effort.
None of the Texas Tech players had stand out days as Wells spread the touches around, getting guys valuable playing time. Running back SaRodorick Thompson topped the numbers on the ground with 13 carries for 83 yards. Quarterback Henri Columbi had a very mediocre day of 124 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The only bright spot for Kansas was the introduction of Miles Kendrick in the final minutes of the game. The quarterback threw for two touchdowns, completing four of seven passes in the final drives.
Kansas drop to 1-5 whilst Texas Tech improve to 5-2. Matt Wells’ seat just got a little cooler as they move above TCU in the conference.
The Kansas State Wildcats struggled on offence in their loss at home to the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday.
An archetypal performance from Breece Hall led the way for Campbell’s team. He had 197 yards and two touchdowns, whilst quarterback Brock Purdy had an efficient 208 yards and one score. A balance of 208 yards through the air and 210 yards on the ground gave the Cyclones the win in Manhattan.
Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson threw for 206 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His performance was solid, although an interception in the first quarter led to a field goal and a 10-0 Cyclones lead. They never really recovered and failed to score in the middle quarters of the game. The Wildcats’ defence struggled throughout, allowing Iowa State receivers to gain 104 yards after the catch.
Kleiman’s team are still without a win, dropping to 3-3 overall. Iowa State still have their sights on a title game charge as they move to 4-2 and sit 4-2 in the BIG XII standings.
Written by Jake @dyanstybrit