By: Kin Kinsley – Senior Writer
There were three Big 12 game Saturday, only one including a top 25 school.
#4 TCU 34
Cameron Echols- Luper returned a punt late in the third quarter to give TCU a late lead and help fight off an upset bid by Kansas. TCU scored the first touchdown of the game but Kansas led most of the second and third quarters, getting a lot of the breaking to go their way.
Aaron Green ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, the third time in four games he rushed for 100+ yards. Trevone Boykin threw for 330 yards and a touchdown. He leads the Big 12 with 356.9 yards of total offense a game.
Michael Cummings passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns. Jimmay Mundine and Nigel King each had over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Jayhawks.
It wasn’t pretty for TCU, but they did ultimately win, keeping their hopes alive for the inaugural College Football Playoff. ”A lot of people would have lost that ballgame,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. ”There wasn’t any style points here other than the fact that we fought back and won the game.”
Echols-Luper’s performance saw him named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He was also named National Punt Returner of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
Texas Tech 30
Oklahoma fought back from a 21-7 third quarter deficit before scoring 35 of the next 38 points to take the victory. Both teams started backup quarterbacks. Patrick Mahomes threw for 393 yards and four touchdowns for Texas Tech and Cody Thomas threw for one touchdown and rushed for another for the Sooners.
Samaje Perine ran for 213 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma, earning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. He also earned the award after the West Virginia game. Perine has rushed for 1,001 yards (100.1 per game) on the season and has scored 14 rushing touchdowns. All are tops in the Big 12.
Oklahoma State 7
Texas held Oklahoma State to 21 points below their scoring average to win and make the program bowl eligible. The Cowboys scored with just over four minutes remaining in the game to avoid the shutout. It was Oklahoma State’s lowest point and yardage total since the final game of the 2009 regular season.
Tyrone Swoopes passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns and Johnathan Gray rushed for 81 yards and a score to lead the Longhorns to victory. On defense, Malcolm Brown forced a fumble and recorded a pair of sacks to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. He was the second Texas player in a row to win the award. Cedric Reed won last week for his performance against West Virginia.