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Big 12 Week 13 Recap


The race for the Big 12 Championship has come down to two teams.


With a bye week, Kansas State (10-1, 7-1) sat around and watched as things started to fall in place behind them on Saturday. The Wildcats won their first ten games before slipping up against Baylor last week. That left them with a tie in the loss column with Oklahoma (9-2, 7-1).


The Sooners needed overtime to take care of in-state rival Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3), but they did come away with a 51-48 win. That means that Oklahoma can guarantee itself a share of the conference title with a win over TCU in the final game of the season, but Kansas State does hold the tie-breaker.


Landry Jones had another humongous day for the Sooners, throwing for 500 yards and three touchdowns. He was playing from behind for almost the entire game. Oklahoma State jumped out to a quick lead, and while the Sooners were able to pull even a few times, the Cowboys never trailed in regulation.


They trailed when it mattered most, though. After settling for a field goal, Oklahoma State allowed Brennan Clay to run 18 yards for a touchdown, giving the Sooners the win. Oklahoma State did have a shot at sharing the title with a win, but the loss knocks them out of contention.


Texas (8-3, 5-3) also had an opportunity to get into a four-way tie for the conference championship, but the Longhorns were unable to take care of TCU (7-4, 4-4) on Thanksgiving night.


The Horned Frogs dominated defensively through three and a half quarters, but Texas did make it close late in the fourth. David Ash and Case McCoy split time at quarterback for the Longhorns, but they combined to throw zero touchdowns and three interceptions, and neither was able to provide enough of a spark to complete a comeback. TCU went on to win, 20-13.


The Longhorns had won four in a row coming into the game, but now they'll have to regroup and take their best shot at Kansas State.


After those two games, only Kansas State and Oklahoma have any shot at winning the conference. There were two teams still fighting for bowl eligibility, though, and the weekend went much better for them.


It looked unlikely that Baylor (6-5, 3-5) would be able to reach six wins, but with an upset of Kansas State last week, the Bears needed just one more win to get there. Their game against Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5) also went to overtime, but it was Baylor that came out on top, 52-45.


Texas Tech led for most of the first three quarters, but there were four lead changes in the fourth quarter. Four Red Raider turnovers, including three Seth Doege turnovers, played a big part in the outcome, as did Nick Florence's 396 yards and three touchdowns. Surprisingly, the Bears didn't throw a pass in the overtime session. Glasco Martin got a four-yard touchdown run, and the defense held to give Baylor the much-needed win.


For the Red Raiders, it was the last regular season game of the season. They'll be going to a bowl, but this team showed a lot of promise after wins over West Virginia and TCU. Since then, they've gone just 1-4.


The other game was between West Virginia (6-5, 3-5) and Iowa State (6-6, 3-6) in Ames. The Cyclones had already locked up bowl eligibility, but the Mountaineers needed to win at least one of their last two games to get to that point. They were able to get that win on Saturday.


Iowa State led just twice in the game, and each lead was by just one point, but it took a 75-yard touch pass from Geno Smith to Tavon Austin in the fourth quarter to give WVU a 31-24 lead. That would hold as the final. Austin proved again to be one of the most exciting players in the country with that touchdown. He also had a punt return touchdown called back by a holding call.


One big difference for West Virginia was the return of Shawne Alston. The big running back has missed a lot of time this year with injury, but he looked good on Friday, running for 130 yards and a score. The defense also gave up the least amount of points it has in any Big 12 game this season.


With one week to go, it will come down to Kansas State and Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship. All Kansas State has to do is win. But if they don't, the door is wide open for Oklahoma.



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