Athlon recaps the Week 10 action in the ACC.
Kansas State’s march to an undefeated season continued with a 44-30 win over Oklahoma State. The Wildcats climbed to 9-0 with the victory and remain squarely in the hunt for the national championship. Quarterback Collin Klein continued his Heisman run but suffered an injury against the Cowboys. Oklahoma bounced back after last week’s loss to Notre Dame, while TCU upset West Virginia in overtime. Baylor recorded its first win in Big 12 play, and Texas knocked off Texas Tech 31-22.
Post-Week 10 Big 12 Power Rankings
1. Kansas State (9-0, 6-0 Big 12)
Last Week: 1
Week 10 Result: Beat Oklahoma State 44-30
The Wildcats inched closer to an undefeated season with a 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State. The Cowboys managed to record 504 yards, but Kansas State’s defense forced five turnovers and held Oklahoma State to just three third-down conversions on 12 attempts. Although the Wildcats moved to 9-0, the win came at a price with quarterback Collin Klein suffering an undisclosed injury. Klein’s availability for next week’s game against TCU is uncertain.
Next Game: at TCU
2. Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1 Big 12)
Last Week: 2
Week 10 Result: Beat Iowa State 35-20
The Sooners erased the bad feelings from last week’s loss to Notre Dame with a 35-20 win over Iowa State. Quarterback Landry Jones tossed two picks but threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Oklahoma’s defense also did its part in the victory, holding the Cyclones to 99 rushing yards and only 191 yards through the air. The Sooners remain in the hunt for the Big 12 title but need two losses by Kansas State to claim an outright championship.
Next Game: Baylor
3. Texas (7-2, 4-2 Big 12)
Last Week: 5
Week 10 Result: Beat Texas Tech 31-22
After struggling to beat Kansas, the 31-22 victory over Texas Tech was a much-needed result for Mack Brown and the Longhorns. Quarterback David Ash bounced back after an awful performance against the Jayhawks, throwing for 264 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to Ash’s solid performance, the offense had plenty of help on the ground, led by true freshman Johnathan Gray (106 yards, 20 carries). Texas’ defense has struggled in recent weeks but held the Red Raiders to 441 yards – the second-lowest total allowed by the Longhorns in Big 12 play this year.
Next Game: Iowa State
4. Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3 Big 12)
Last Week: 3
Week 10 Result: Lost to Texas 31-22
The Red Raiders dropped their second consecutive game, losing 31-22 to Texas on Saturday. Since scoring 49 points against West Virginia and 56 against TCU, Texas Tech has managed only 46 over its last two contests. Quarterback Seth Doege has at least 300 passing yards in four consecutive Big 12 games, but the defense has tailed off during the two-game losing streak. Injuries have played a part in the defensive struggles, but the Red Raiders are also only generating 1.2 sacks per game. Texas Tech hosts Kansas this Saturday.
Next Game: Kansas
5. TCU (6-3, 3-3 Big 12)
Last Week: 8
Week 10 Result: Beat West Virginia 39-38
Thanks to the play of freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin late in the fourth quarter, and a well-timed trick play, the Horned Frogs evened their Big 12 record to 3-3 this season. Boykin hit Josh Boyce for a 94-yard score with less than two minutes remaining to tie the game, while receiver Brandon Carter hit Corey Fuller on a 25-yard scoring pass in the second overtime to setup the game-winning two-point conversion. The win over the Mountaineers was crucial for TCU’s bowl hopes, especially with an upcoming schedule that features games against Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma.
Next Game: Kansas State
6. Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2 Big 12)
Last Week: 6
Week 10 Result: Lost to Kansas State 44-30
The Cowboys had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 44-30 loss at Kansas State. Oklahoma State outgained the Wildcats but committed five turnovers and was just 3 of 12 on third downs. Quarterback Wes Lunt left due to a concussion, which forced Clint Chelf into his first major action of the season. The Cowboys had a chance to climb into Big 12 title discussion with a win over the Wildcats but are tied for third after eight games. Oklahoma State hosts former offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia this week, before closing out the year with Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor.
Next Game: West Virginia
7. West Virginia (5-3, 2-3 Big 12)
Last Week: 4
Week 10 Result: Lost to TCU 39-38
Even though West Virginia’s defense showed some small signs of improvement, it wasn’t enough for the Mountaineers to get back into the win column. West Virginia dropped its third consecutive game with a 39-38 defeat to TCU in double overtime. Quarterback Geno Smith threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, but the offense hasn’t been the same since Stedman Bailey injured an ankle against Texas Tech. The Mountaineers take on Oklahoma State and Oklahoma the next two weeks, before finishing the year with Iowa State and Kansas.
Next Game: at Oklahoma State
8. Iowa State (5-4, 2-4 Big 12)
Last Week: 7
Week 10 Result: Lost to Oklahoma 35-20
The Cyclones hung tough against Oklahoma but it wasn’t enough to earn the victory. Iowa State’s offense stalled out after recording 557 yards against Baylor, and the defense struggled to contain the Sooners’ passing attack. Cyclones’ quarterback Steele Jantz threw for only 191 yards, and the rushing attack had only 99 overall yards. Iowa State needs one more win to get bowl eligible and plays Texas, Kansas and West Virginia to close out the 2012 season.
Next Game: at Texas
9. Baylor (4-4, 1-4 Big 12)
Last Week: 9
Week 10 Result: Beat Kansas 41-14
The Bears earned their first victory in Big 12 play with a 41-14 win over Kansas on Saturday. Quarterback Nick Florence leads the nation in total offense per game and gashed the Jayhawks for 367 passing yards and three scores. Oregon transfer Lache Seastrunk had his best performance at Baylor, rushing for 103 yards and adding 91 yards and one touchdown on five receptions. The Bears need two more wins to get bowl eligible, which won’t be easy with remaining games against Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
Next Game: at Oklahoma
10. Kansas (1-8, 0-6 Big 12)
Last Week: 10
Week 10 Result: Lost to Baylor 41-14
The Jayhawks remained winless in Big 12 play with a 41-14 loss to Baylor on Saturday. The lone bright spot for this team has been the play of running back James Sims, as he recorded his fifth consecutive 100-yard game. Although Sims has been able to find plenty of room on the ground, the passing attack has been stuck in neutral. With upcoming matchups against Texas Tech, Iowa State and West Virginia, the possibility of a winless Big 12 season for the second year in a row is very likely.
Next Game: at Texas Tech
by Steven Lassan
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