What happened and what mattered in the Week 2 of the Big 12 college football season?
5. The “other” games
It took a while to wake up, and the weather delay didn’t help, but TCU eventually picked up its energy, the defense swarmed, and KaVontae Turpin turned everything around in a 42-12 win over SMU. In the wet conditions, Shawn Robinson did a nice job, completing 15-of-28 passes for 146 yards and a score, and he ran eight times for 67 yards and a touchdown. Yeah, the Horned Frogs looked and played a wee bit off and sluggish, but that energy is about to pick up for Ohio State.
Kansas played … well? Yup. The Jayhawk run defense was fantastic in the 31-7 win over Central Michigan, Peyton Bender did a nice job with the short-range passing game, and Pooka Williams ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the program’s best performance against an FBS team in the David Beaty era. The D forced six turnovers, the O didn’t give it up, and after so much doom, gloom, and ugliness, the program deserved a fun moment.
And there’s Charlie Brewer. The Baylor offense rolled for 403 passing yards – 328 and three scores coming from Brewer – in the 37-20 win over UTSA. It was a consistent game from the Bears with the passing game constant, and the defense doing a great job against the run, allowing just 98 yards. Now the Bears have won two games after winning just one last year, and the pieces are there to do a whole lot more.
Texas Tech didn’t give up a point. After getting destroyed by the Ole Miss passing game last week, beating Lamar 77-0 was nice and easy – especially allowing just 80 passing yards with two picks. Alan Bowman took target practice – hitting 22-of-25 throws for 282 yards and two touchdowns – and three different receivers caught two scoring passes. And now comes Houston.
The Iowa defense might be terrific, but it’s still a problem that Iowa State came up with just 19 rushing yards in the 13-3 loss. David Montgomery was bottled up for 44 yards, Kyle Kept and the passing game couldn’t pick up the slack, and it was a maddening day on O all the way around. The Cyclone defense was strong until late, but the offense that only managed 188 yards couldn’t sustain any long drives.
Will Grier went Will Grier in West Virginia’s 52-17 win over Youngstown State. Gary Jennings came up with three touchdown catches, Grier threw four in all, and it was a strong performance to get that much stronger before going to NC State. The 12 penalties can’t happen in Raleigh, but if the offense can once again run for 289 yards, and if Grier can go Grier, there won’t be any issues.