Texas 27, Kansas State 24
It certainly wasn’t easy. The Longhorns were able to move the ball, they dominated the Kansas State running game, and they still needed a walk-off field goal after having major problems closing. Sam Ehlinger completed 22-of-29 passes for 263 yards with a touchdown and a pick, he ran for 40 yards, and Keonatay Ingram ran for 139 yards and two scores.
Kansas State got up fast, but couldn’t sustain the offense. The Texas defense was terrific – holding the Wildcats to just 51 yards on the ground – but Skylar Thompson threw for 253 yards and two scores.
Texas controlled the clock, Kansas State was even in the turnover battle, and it never was able to take things over. Even so, it was one big defensive stop away from getting it to overtime. The K-State O line struggled against the Texas defensive front.
Texas is still in the Big 12 title chase. It has to win out – at Iowa State, at Baylor, Texas Tech – and get a Baylor loss somewhere else. But for now, its bowl eligible. It wasn’t all that long ago when that was a big deal. Kansas State is all but dead in the Big 12 hunt, but it still has a shot at ten wins with West Virginia, at Texas Tech and Iowa State to go before going bowling.
Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 41
Well that got interesting. The Oklahoma defense struggled early vs. Kansas State, and it struggled late against Iowa State, hanging on with an interception on a two-point conversion attempt to seal the win in what was almost an epic collapse. But it’s a win, the Sooners are 8-1, and the Big 12 title and CFP are still on the table.
Brock Purdy was in a groove. The Iowa State quarterback bombed his team back into the game, throwing for 282 yards and five scores and running for 55 yards and a touchdown. He spread the ball around well, he got time to work, and he almost pulled it off.
Jalen Hurts was Jalen Hurts. He completed 18-of-26 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 22 times for 68 yards and two scores, but … he threw a pick that allowed Iowa State almost pull off the win. This was CeeDee Lamb’s game, though, with eight catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
It wasn’t always pretty. Iowa State was flagged 11 times – Oklahoma 7 – and the Sooners were -2 in turnover margin. It was a whole lot of fun, though, in the end.
The Cyclones still have to work to get bowl eligible. It gets Texas next, then Kansas, and then Kansas State, and it has a shot to get to the Big 12 title game by winning out and hoping for a total collapse by Baylor. OU goes to face the Bears next week, but it doesn’t get easy with TCU and at Oklahoma State to close.