The Big 12 got their first taste of conference action this week, while also seeing one of its teams go to the very end against the No. 1 team in the country. Seven of the 10 teams in the Big 12 picked up wins, while Texas and Texas Tech made the most noise.
Texas (1-1) vs No. 1 Alabama
The headliner game on Saturday took place in Austin, Texas, as the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide went to face the Longhorns. It was a back-and-forth game with each team trading blows. Texas would end up losing the game 20-19 on a last-second field goal. The biggest storyline for the Longhorns though was not the final score, but was the injury to starting quarterback Quinn Ewers. Late in the first quarter, Ewers was falling backwards and got hit as he released the ball. Ewers would get hit into the ground, hurting his left shoulder. Ewers will now be out at least a month with an SC sprain, with his earliest return date being Oct. 8 against Oklahoma.
Kansas (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) vs West Virginia (0-2, 0-1 Big 12)
The first conference game looked like a traditional Big 12 game in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Mountaineers and Jayhawks traded scores for most of the evening, but Kansas would force two turnovers — including sealing the game on a pick-six in overtime. Kansas beat West Virginia 55-42 and the Mountaineers are 0-2 for the first time since 1979, while Kansas is 2-0 for the first time since 2011. The Jayhawks’ two wins match their win total from last season.
No. 9 Baylor (1-1) vs No. 21 BYU
Baylor took a trip to Utah to face one of the new additions to the Big 12. The Bears battled back late in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime. Baylor had kicking problems missing a PAT and a 43-yard field goal attempt in the loss. The Bears and Cougars would end up going to double-overtime, but BYU would prevail 26-20.
Kent State vs No. 7 Oklahoma (2-0)
Oklahoma took care of business against Kent State. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns. The Sooner defense forced an interception and recovered a fumble in the win as well. The Sooners will play in a rivalry game on Saturday, Sept. 17, as they head to Lincoln to face a Nebraska team who just fired head coach Scott Frost on Sunday.
No. 25 Houston vs Texas Tech (2-0)
Texas Tech and Houston were one of three games in the Big 12 that went to overtime, with the Red Raiders beating another school set to join the Big 12 next summer in Houston. Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith rushed for a nine-yard score in the second overtime, winning the game for Texas Tech 33-30. The Red Raiders beat a ranked nonconference opponent for the first time since 1989.
Missouri vs Kansas State (2-0)
Kansas State made easy work of SEC school Missouri on Saturday. The Wildcats beat the Tigers 40-12 in what was these teams’ first meeting since 2011. Kansas State is gaining momentum as they close their non conference schedule against Tulane next week before traveling to Norman to face Oklahoma on Sept. 24.
Iowa vs Iowa State (2-0)
It was not pretty for the Cyclones, but all that matters is they got it done. Iowa State traveled to face in-state rival Iowa. Iowa State used a 99-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to beat the Hawkeyes 10-7. Iowa State turned the ball over three times and had two punts blocked, but beat their rivals on the road for the first time since 2014.
Tarleton vs TCU (2-0)
TCU did exactly what they were supposed to do against a school with caliber such as Tarleton. The Horned Frogs won 59-17, with quarterback Max Duggan passing for 390 yards and five touchdowns. TCU will now go on the road to face SMU, where their current coach Sonny Dykes coached from 2018-2021.
Arizona State vs Oklahoma State (2-0)
After giving up 44 points to Central Michigan in week one, the Cowboy defense was a lot better in week two against Pac-12 foe Arizona State. The Cowboys were led by quarterback Spencer Sanders and running back Dominic Richardson. Richardson finished with 131 yards on 27 carries. Oklahoma State’s defense had eight tackles for loss and three sacks on the day.
AP Poll Updates
On Sunday when the Associated Press Top 25 poll was released, four Big 12 teams were ranked, while three other Big 12 teams received votes in the poll.
Ranked: No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 17 Baylor, No. 21 Texas
Received Votes: Kansas State (29th), Texas Tech (38th), Iowa State (40th)