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Big 12 Week 14 Recap

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"We own Texas."

 

The chant rained down on the Longhorns as Kansas State pulled away on the way to victory in the fourth quarter. Indeed, the Wildcats have owned Texas, winning five straight games in the series.

 

More importantly, Kansas State owned the Big 12 this season, and Saturday night's victory locked up a spot in a BCS bowl for the Wildcats.

 

It's not the end result to the season that fans had hoped for, but Collin Klein and company bounced back nicely from the blowout loss to Baylor and secured the Big 12 Championship.

 

It appeared for awhile that the game would be close. Texas (8-4, 5-4) held a three-point lead in the third quarter, but Kansas State (11-1, 8-1) went on to score the game's next 28 points, turning it into a blowout.

 

Klein reminded everyone why he is considered a Heisman contender, throwing for 184 yards and a touchdown, and rushing for 108 yards and two more scores. His counterpart, Case McCoy, threw for more than three hundred yards, but he had two interceptions to go along with his two touchdowns. His last score came with less than a minute to go, giving the score its 42-24 final.

 

Oklahoma (10-2, 8-1) needed the Longhorns to pull out the win, because that would have given the Sooners the outright conference title. While they got a share of it, Kansas State held the tie-breaker.

 

Before they could worry about any of that, though, they needed to take care of TCU (7-5, 4-5), which they were able to do. Landry Jones didn't put up the extraordinary numbers he had in the previous two games, but he still threw two touchdown passes, which was just enough to lead the Sooners to victory.

 

A TCU field goal midway through the fourth quarter made it a one-score game, but the Horned Frogs wouldn't be able to score again, and Oklahoma held on for the 24-17 win.

 

Their first season as a member of the Big 12 will result in a bowl game, but TCU wasn't the dominant team we had grown accustomed to in the Mountain West.

 

The league's other new member, West Virginia (7-5, 4-5), also found out how much more difficult its new conference will be. The Mountaineers had very high hopes coming into the year, and climbed into the top five after a win against Texas.

 

But a five-game losing streak put a halt to any big plans they may have had for the season.

 

It took a win over Iowa State last weekend to finally reach bowl eligibility, but with that out of the way, West Virginia looked like its old self on Saturday afternoon. Granted, the Mountaineers were playing Kansas (1-11, 0-9), which failed to win a conference game for a second consecutive season, but it had to be rewarding for the seniors to go out the way they did.

 

The game was never really close, as WVU led by four touchdowns at the half. The offense only slowed down in the fourth quarter, when the team stopped putting the ball in the air so much, and West Virginia ended up with a 59-10 win.

 

Geno Smith had just one incompletion (though it was an interception) and threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns. Stedman Bailey was the biggest beneficiary of Smith's day, pulling in eleven catches for 159 yards. Tavon Austin added 110 yards on just four catches, and 77 yards on 12 carries.

 

The West Virginia defense also played better than we'd seen for most of the year, giving up just 274 yards on the day. Again, the Mountaineers went up against one of the worst teams in any BCS conference on Saturday, but did come away with a convincing win going into bowl season.

 

For a time this season, Baylor (7-5, 4-5) was struggling to find its first conference win, too. It finally came against Kansas, but the Bears have been on fire ever since. They did suffer a loss to Oklahoma, but have won three games in a row, all three of which were upsets. Two of those wins came against ranked teams.


Saturday's win came against Oklahoma State (7-5, 5-4), which was still in the conference championship discussion before last week's games. The Bears led throughout the game and held on at the end to win, 41-34.

 

The star of the game was Lache Seastrunk, who ran for 178 yards. Baylor's offense proved to be one of the best in the country all season. It was the defense that gave the team problems, but it did enough to get four wins in the last five games.

 

Iowa State and Texas Tech, each of which is also bowl eligible, both had the weekend off.

 

The story of the week, and for the season for that matter, is Kansas State coming away with the Big 12 Championship. It was so close to being so much more, but the Wildcats will be rewarded with a BCS game.

 

Oklahoma also had a great year and earned a share of the title, but, as the fans at Bill Snyder Stadium reminded us Saturday night, Kansas State absolutely owned Texas.

 

And that's what it took to secure the Big 12 title.

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