What happened and what mattered in the Week 3 of the Big 12 college football season?
5. The “other” games
The Kansas defense did it again. It forced six takeaways in the 55-14 win over Rutgers, the offense didn’t give the ball away, and now, the team is on a two-game winning streak with two dominant wins. Pooka Williams ran for 158 yards and a score, cranking out one of the the team’s three runs of more than 50 yards. The ground game ran for 400 yards and over eight yards per carry, the defense forced three picks – with two for scores – and three fumbles, and now it’s fun time for a program that’s known nothing but misery for way too long.
YEEEEEESH. That’s exactly what you want out of the Texas Tech offense in a must win game. Just when it seemed like Houston had control … boom. Alan Bowman threw for 605 yards and five touchdowns, Ta’Zhawn Henry ran for 111 yards and four touchdowns, Antoine Wesley caught 13 passes for 261 yards and three scores, and the O and its 704 yards overcame the D that allowed 635 yards. The offense is rolling at just the right time.
This isn’t last year’s UTSA team, and Kansas State isn’t quite as strong as expected – at least not yet – but a 41-1 7 win was much-needed after the Mississippi State loss. Skylar Thompson handled the heavy lifting with 213 passing yards, and scoring pass, and a team-leading 66 rushing yards and a score – but he fumbled twice. Alex Delton did his part, connecting on his one pass for a 72-yard touchdown to Isaiah Zuber.
And now Baylor had to play a good team. The Bears couldn’t score in the first half of the 40-27 loss to Duke, but the two quarterbacks did what they could to try marching back. Charlie Brewer ran for two touchdowns, Jalan McClendon threw a scoring pass and led the team with 51 rushing yards, but the hold was too deep to climb out of. There was no pass rush and just two tackles for loss. And now the Bears have to care and try against Kansas – it’s going to be a very, very important bounce back week.