Quick thoughts and takes on every Week 6 Big 12 game.
Oklahoma 45, Kansas 20
At the very least, Oklahoma had to deal with a wee bit of adversity. It wasn’t really all that bad, but Kansas was more than a speed bump for a half. It’s not like the Sooners were pushed, and it turned it on to put the game away with easy, but it wasn’t a 58-3 wipeout. The Jayhawks were able to play a little bit, starting with …
Pooka Williams was able to tear off a few nice runs. He took off for 137 yards, Carter Stanley threw for 230 yards and three scores – most of the work coming late when the game was over – and the team kept on pushing even after it was over. The OU defense has been great on third downs all year, and Kansas was able to be okay, hitting on 6-of-14 chances.
Oklahoma got flagged a bit too often – getting hit with eight penalties – and it was -1 in turnover margin, but Jalen Hurts was Jalen Hurts hitting 16-of-24 passes for 228 yards and two scores with a pick, and ran for 56 yards and two touchdowns. The passing game spread things around better than usual, and the ground attack was dominant, averaging over seven yards per pop. The Sooners get their showdown with Texas up next, and Kansas gets two weeks off before facing the Longhorns.
Texas Tech 45, Oklahoma State 35
Just when it seemed like the Texas Tech offense wasn’t going to show up this season, Jett Duffey picked the game to go off. He’s supposed to be the running option – or, least, the more mobile one – and yet he threw for 424 yards and four scores as he picked apart the OSU secondary, and he ran for a touchdown. There was even a little bit of a running game to help the cause with SaRodorick Thompson and Ta’Zhawn Henry predicting a nice 1-2 punch.
Oh, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys did this last year, too, clunking against Texas Tech in a 41-17 loss just when it seemed like everything was going well. This time around, the defense was its predictable awful self, but the offense couldn’t stop giving the ball away and didn’t start producing until it was way too late. Chuba Hubbard was finally able to bust free for 156 yards and three scores, and Spencer Sanders threw for almost 300 yards with two scores, but …
Sanders threw three picks and lost two fumbles. Considering the defense didn’t generate a takeaway, the Cowboys had way too big a hole to dig out of. This is still a very good, very dangerous team, but with a loss to Texas already and Oklahoma still to face, this was a killer or Big 12 title hopes. Now they get two weeks off with Baylor up next. On the other side, Texas Tech’s bowl hopes just got a big boost. At 3-2, they get a trip to Baylor next week.