Big 12 Conference News and Notes

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BAYLOR: The game of the year so far in the Big 12 -- excluding defensive- minded fans -- took place this past Saturday in Morgantown. The Bears had the misfortune of being on the losing team in the Big 12's highest-scoring game ever, as they fell to ninth-ranked West Virginia, 70-63. Nick Florence broke Heisman winner and predecessor Robert Griffin III's school record with 581 yards in the loss, also throwing for five TDs. The game set a record for the most points scored involving a team ranked in the Associated Press poll. The previous mark of 124 was set in No. 12 Oklahoma's 82-42 win over Colorado in 1980. The Bears' Terrance Williams set a Big 12 record with 314 yards receiving, and the combined 19 touchdowns tied an FBS mark. Baylor tied an FBS mark for the most points scored by a losing team. The Bears will get a bye this week as they try to tighten the screws on defense before hosting TCU on Oct. 13.

IOWA STATE: Coming off a bye week, the Cyclones suffered their first loss of the season, falling at home to Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener, 24-13. The Cyclones (3-1, 0-1) struggled on offense as they generated a total of just 189 yards, far below the 429.0 ypg they were averaging coming into the weekend. Quarterback Steele Jantz hit on 10-of-20 passes for 73 yards and a score, but he was taken down for four sacks and was picked off three times in the team's first loss of the campaign. The first touchdown of the game came from the Iowa State defense as A.J. Klein stepped in front of a Doege pass over the middle and raced 87 yards the other way to give the Cyclones a 7-0 lead with just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter. However, Texas Tech tied the game in the second quarter and then pulled away late. The Cyclones, who rank 17th in the nation in scoring defense (14.0 ppg) but only 88th in scoring offense (24.3 ppg), travel to TCU on Saturday.

KANSAS: The Jayhawks (1-3) were idle this weekend. They will try to snap a three-game slide when they visit in-state rival Kansas State on Saturday.

KANSAS STATE: The unbeaten and seventh-ranked Wildcats (4-0) had the weekend off. Coming off a 24-19 win at Oklahoma two weekends ago, they'll try to improve to 5-0 when they host Kansas on Saturday.

OKLAHOMA: The Sooners (2-1) were idle for the second time in the last two weekends. They suffered their first defeat the last time out, 24-19 at home to Kansas State, and will try to rebound at Texas Tech this Saturday.

OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys dropped to 2-2 following Saturday's 41-36 home loss to Texas. They were coming off a bye week, and will get another weekend off this Saturday. The Longhorns scored the game-winning touchdown with 29 seconds remaining as they finished off a long drive late in regulation to stun OSU. Joseph Randle ran for a career-high 199 yards and added two scores on 25 carries, while J.W. Walsh finished with 301 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 18-of-27 passing for the Cowboys (2-2, 0-1) who have not beaten Texas in Stillwater since 1997. Josh Stewart and John Goodlett caught touchdown passes in the setback. Oklahoma State leads the nation in both scoring offense (55.8 ppg) and total offense (659 ypg), but the team has yielded an average of 41.3 points over the last three contests. As the Cowboys get into the heart of their Big 12 schedule beginning at Kansas next weekend, they must find a way to clamp down on defense.

TCU: The 15th-ranked Horned Frogs traveled to SMU and came away with a 24-16 victory to improve to 4-0. Casey Pachall tossed a pair of touchdown passes and Matthew Tucker rushed for 56 yards and a score in the victory. Pachall completed just 10-of-26 passes for 107 yards, but the Horned Frogs picked off Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert five times to help TCU pick up its 12th consecutive win. After failing to pick up a first down on 3rd-and-4 late in the fourth quarter, the Horned Frogs lined up to punt, but Ethan Perry bobbled the snap and was tackled for a 22-yard loss. The Mustangs took over on TCU's 35 and needed just two plays to pull within 24-16 on Gilbert's 29-yard touchdown pass to Der'rikk Thompson. Chase Hover missed the extra point. TCU failed to convert a 4th-and-3 opportunity and gave the ball back to SMU, but Gilbert was picked off with 28 seconds left, and the Horned Frogs held on for the win. Although it was a little too close for comfort, TCU was able to extend the nation's longest active winning streak, thanks in part to the defense forcing six turnovers. The team's last loss came in overtime to SMU last season.

TEXAS: The 11th-ranked Longhorns had to pull off some late magic to claim a 41-36 win at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Trailing, 36-34, Texas began the decisive drive at its own 25. After throwing an incompletion on first down, and running for no gain on second down, the Longhorns faced a critical 3rd- and-10 with 1:48 to play. David Ash hit Jeremy Hills for a short four-yard gain, bringing up 4th-and-6. Showing excellent composure, Ash dropped back and connected with D.J. Grant in stride for 29 yards down to the Oklahoma State 42. Ash found Mike Davis for 32 more yards on 2nd-and-5 and Joe Bergeron capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown push, putting the Longhorns in front. The play was reviewed, as it appeared that Bergeron lost the ball in the scrum at the goal line, but the call was upheld. Ash finished with 304 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 30-of-37 passing, while Bergeron had two scores and ran for 48 yards on 15 carries for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who are 13-2 under coach Mack Brown in Big 12 openers.

TEXAS TECH: Seth Doege threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns as the Texas Tech Red Raiders came from behind to capture a 24-13 win over Iowa State. Texas Tech entered the week ranked second in the nation in total offense (597.7 ypg) and sixth in scoring (50.3 ppg). The squad, saddled with 11 penalties for a loss of 80 yards, generated just 395 yards of total offense. Doege converted 30-of-46 passes for the Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), surviving three sacks and a couple of interceptions as the team remained undefeated on the campaign. Eric Ward accounted for nine catches for 122 yards and a score. One of Doege's interceptions came late in the first quarter, as ISU's A.J. Klein stepped in front of a pass and returned it 87 yards the other way for a TD. However, Doege settled down, and the Red Raiders pulled away late to secure the win.

WEST VIRGINIA: Geno Smith turned in the most gaudy stat line of the 2012 college football season, and in the process throwing his name atop the Heisman list. Smith had more touchdown passes than incompletions (six), as he finished the game 45-of-51. He has yet to throw an interception this season. Among the other records, Smith set school single-game marks for completions, yards (656) and touchdown passes (eight). Stedman Bailey had 303 yards receiving and a school-record five TDs. His receiving total was a Big 12 record that lasted only a matter of minutes, as Baylor's Terrance Williams finished with 314 yards. Bailey and Tavon Austin, who caught 14 passes for 215 yards, became the first FBS teammates with 200 yards receiving since 2007. Bailey became West Virginia's all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 26, while Austin passed David Saunders to become the Mountaineers' all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,684. West Virginia amassed a school-record 807 yards in the victory, although it is rather remarkable to think that had the team scored only 62 points, it would have resulted in a loss. Still, going back to the Orange Bowl, WVU has scored 10 touchdowns three times in its last five games.

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