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Big 12 Recap: Sooners Surging at the Right Time

The state of Oklahoma is making a strong case for the Big 12's inclusion into the CFB Playoffs.

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Week 11 Results

Kansas Jayhawks 17 - TCU Horned Frogs 23

Trevone Boykin left early in the first half after suffering a right ankle injury and left the quarterbacking duties to backup, Bram Kohlhausen. The senior from Houston, Texas, finished 13 of 19 for 112 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception as the Jayhawks kept things interesting against a slumping TCU team.

The injury to Boykin couldn't have come at a worse time for the Horned Frogs, whose top wide receiver,  Josh Doctson, is also nursing a left arm and wrist injury. TCU's two remaining games are at Oklahoma and home against Baylor.

Texas Longhorns 20 - West Virginia 38

Texas showed it has some fight left in it in Morgantown, overcoming the scoring woes that have helped keep them winless in true road games this season. They even outgained the Mountaineers, 439-379, but five Longhorn turnovers gave West Virginia the cushion it needed to secure the win.

Neither team seemed overly interested in throwing the ball, combining for just 284 passing yards in this game. Joe Hubener, Kansas State's fill in at quarterback, had 289 yards by himself on Saturday..

Kansas State Wildcats 44 - Texas Tech 59

Speaking of K-State, they're still winless in the Big 12, sitting one spot above in-state rival Kansas in the conference standings after failing to out-offense the Red Raiders in Lubbock. Texas Tech threw for 384 yards, and added 274 yards on the ground as they continue to try to disprove that defense wins championships.

Unfortunately for Coach Kingsbury and his team, their 3-5 record puts them towards the bottom of the conference standings.

(8) Oklahoma State Cowboys 35 - Iowa State Cyclones 31

In another effort that fell just short, Iowa State lost its final home game of the season to #5 Oklahoma State. Joel Lanning showed how impressive he could be as a runner while also proving a liability at times with his arm as the sophomore quarterback seemed to badly miss his intended target as frequently as he threw impressive passes. His 130 rushing yards and two touchdowns put the Cyclones in the position to win, until Oklahoma State Cowboy'd up in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 unanswered points and taking the lead for good with 3:06 to play.

Iowa State had their only turnover of the game on their final drive, when Lanning's pass was intercepted to seal ISU's fate.

(12) Oklahoma Sooners 44 - (6) Baylor 34

The Sooners began making their case for a spot in the CFB Playoff with a dominating win of #6 Baylor in Waco on Saturday.

Baker Mayfield threw two touchdowns to Sterling Shepard, who finished the game with 170 yards receiving along with his two scores, and Samaje Perine added two on the ground as #12 Oklahoma controlled the game early. The Sooners' defense held the offensive-minded Bears to 416 total yards of offense and their lowest scoring output of the season.

Baylor's freshman quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, completed 59% of his passes in front of a national audience, but threw the first two interceptions of his young career as the Bears' hopes of making the playoffs likely came to an end.

Conference Standings





(4) Oklahoma State



(10) Baylor

(7) Oklahoma



(11) TCU

(11) TCU



@ (7) OU

(10) Baylor



@ (4) OSU




Texas Tech

Texas Tech



@ Texas

West Virginia



@ Kansas

Iowa State



@ Kansas State

Kansas State



Iowa State




West Virginia

*AP Rank in parenthesis