By: Kin Kinsley – Senior Writer
Both Big 12 schools looking to get into the inaugural College Football Playoff were in action on championship weekend, both pulling out victories.
Iowa State 3
#3 TCU 55
TCU knew going in that not only did they have to win, but win big, and they did just that. The win clinched their first Big 12 conference title in just their third season in the league.
Trevone Boykin passed for a career high 460 yards, threw four touchdowns and caught another to lead the Frogs. Aaron Green rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown and also caught six passes for 67 yards and another score.
The Frog defense allowed Iowa State just 13 first downs on the day and picked off two Sam Richardson passes. The Cyclones managed just 84 rushing yards and 236 total yards on the day.
It was announced Sunday that TCU will play Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl. The game is 12:30 on New Year’s Eve.
Oklahoma State 38
Oklahoma State scored the final 14 points in regulation to take the Bedlam game to overtime, and won on a 21-yard Ben Grogan field goal. Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt missed his 44-yard field goal attempt in overtime.
Tyreek Hill returned a punt 92 yards for the tying score with a minute to go in the game. On the play before, the Cowboys were penalized for roughing the kicker and Oklahoma elected to re-kick. “In hindsight, you don’t kick it again,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “I thought we could cover 35 yards in positive territory where we’ve pooch-punted it. That didn’t happen. We always pooch it left and it went right. You saw the rest of it — he made a great play. Credit him for that.”
Samaje Perine rushed for 151 yards and two scored for Oklahoma before leaving with an injury in the third quarter. Cody Thomas, playing for an injured Trevor Knight, passed for just 120 yards in the game.
On the other side, OSU freshman Mason Rudolph made his second career start and passed for 273 yards and two scores for the Cowboys. Brandon Shepherd caught seven passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
The win gave State six on the season and made them bowl eligible.
#9 Kansas State 27
#6 Baylor 38
Bryce Petty was not cleared to play until Friday after suffering a concussion the previous game. He was 34-for-40 with 412 yards, threw a touchdown and scored another in his final home game as a Bear. He spread the ball around, as seven different players had a reception. Antwan Goodley caught nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Shock Linwood added 91 yards and a score on the ground.
Jake Waters threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns in defeat. Kevin Lockett caught 14 of Waters’ 22 completions for 158 yards and scored a touchdown. Zach Trujillo caught three passes for 88 yards and a score.
The win gave Baylor their second consecutive Big 12 title, though it is a co-championship they share with TCU, regardless of beating the Frogs in their head-to-head matchup. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated that the teams would be awarded co-championships, despite the conference “One True Champion” motto. Baylor head coach Art Briles is one, of many, not happy with this. ”Don’t say one thing and do another, that’s my whole deal,” Briles said. ”If they had said from the get-go, co-champs and head-to-head don’t matter. I’m OK with it. … I’m not obligated to him. I’m obligated to Baylor University and this football team.”
Baylor ended up drawing Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, played in Arlington, TX. The game is New Year’s Day at 12:30 pm.
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