No. 7 Texas stays atop Big 12, beats Iowa State
AMES, Iowa – Quinn Ewers threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and drew No. 7 Texas outlasted Iowa State for a 26-16 win on Saturday night.
The win keeps the Longhorns (10-1, 7-1) alone atop the Big 12 standings and moves them closer to the conference championship game.
Ewers completed 23 of 33 passes and CJ Baxter threw for 117 yards, helping Texas extend its winning streak to five after an Oct. 7 loss to Oklahoma.
Rocco Becht threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa State (6-5, 5-3), but the Cyclones had just 9 yards rushing and averaged less than half a yard per carry.
NO. 14 OKLAHOMA 31, BYU 24: Oklahoma forced three turnovers and scored 21 points off the bench to edge BYU in Provo, despite playing the second half without quarterback Dillon Gabriel.
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Gabriel threw for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but suffered a head injury just before halftime. Gavin Sawchuk led the Sooners on the ground with 107 yards, including the 16-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) kept alive its hopes of reaching the Big 12 Final.
Aidan Robbins ran for a season-high 182 yards to lead BYU. Jake Retzlaff threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns, but also had a pair of fumbles and an interception for the Cougars (5-6, 2-6).
NO. 21 KANSAS STATE 31, NO. 25 Kansas 27: Will Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for the go-ahead score, and visiting Kansas State took advantage of two special teams mistakes by rival Kansas as the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks for their 15th straight win in the Sunflower Showdown.
DJ Giddens added 102 yards rushing and a score for the reigning Big 12 champions, who kept their title defense alive in part by turning a blocked extra point into a 2-point return and a punt into the go-ahead TD with 10:22 to go.
The Wildcats (8-3, 6-2) allowed Kansas (7-4, 4-4) to march right back down the field, led by a post-walk to Cole Ballard under center. But the Jayhawks’ drive stalled at the Kansas State 11, and Ballard was picked off in the end zone by Marques Sigle on fourth down to turn the ball over with more than five minutes left.
NO. 23 OKLAHOMA STATE 43, HOUSTON 30: Alan Bowman threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns, Ollie Gordon II rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, and Oklahoma State kept its hopes of reaching the Big 12 Championship game alive with a win at Houston (4-7, 2-) 6).
Bowman completed 29 of 43 passes and threw touchdown passes of 23 and 21 yards. Brennan Presley caught a career-high 15 passes for 189 yards. His receiving total was the second most in a game by an Oklahoma State player – Alex Lloyd caught 16 in 1949.
Oklahoma State (8-3, 6-2) entered the day in a four-way tie for second place in the conference, one game behind Texas. The Cowboys bounced back from a stunning loss to UCF as the Cougars were outgained 501 yards to 393.
TCU 42, BALEOR 17: Josh Hoover threw for 412 yards with two touchdowns to tight end Jared Wiley, Emani Bailey had two long TD runs, and TCU snapped a three-game losing streak with a home win over instate rival Baylor (3-8, 2-6).
Wiley was wide open for catch-and-run scores of 81 and 28 yards for the Horned Frogs (5-6, 3-5), last year’s national runner-up who remains bowl-eligible entering the regular season finale. game next Friday at 14th-ranked Oklahoma. Wiley had seven catches for 178 yards.
TEXAS TECH 24, UCF 23: Tahj Brooks ran for a career-high 182 yards on a game-clinching drive after E’Maurion Banks blocked a potential onside kick, and Texas Tech cruised to a home win at UCF (5-6, 2-6) .
Behren Morton threw two touchdowns in the final home game as the Red Raiders (6-5, 5-3) won their third straight game in a battle for bowl eligibility. In coach Joey McGuire’s last season, Texas Tech won its last four games, including a Texas Bowl victory over Mississippi.
WEST VIRGINIA 42, CINCINNATI 21: West Virginia freshman Jahiem White rushed for a season-high 204 yards, Garrett Greene ran for a career-high 154, and the pair combined for five touchdowns in a home win over Cincinnati (3-8, 1-7).
West Virginia (7-4, 5-3) turned a matchup of two of the league’s best teams into a one-sided affair early and now has its biggest win of a season under fifth-year coach Neal Brown.
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