Week 2 Big XII Review
Week 2 of Big XII football is officially in the books now and with that, we’ll look through how they performed this week. There weren’t a ton of surprises this weekend but it was still a great week for football.
The keys to victory for Baylor were to keep QB Charlie Brewer in a rhythm, limit Frank Harris, and to not underestimate the UTSA offense. Charlie Brewer only had 16 pass attempts but completed 12 of them for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns while having all day to pass and only playing the first half. UTSA’s offense had Frank Harris complete most of his passes for short gains and Sincere McCormick had a productive day on the ground but the passing yards weren’t there and neither were the points.
Kansas just did not care about what I had to say their keys to success were. Now 0-5 on fourth down and 8-22 on third down, along with 5 turnovers so far, Kansas remains inefficient. Andrew Parchment only saw the ball three times and the Jayhawks gave Coastal Carolina their first win against a Power-5 school. Pooka Williams and Khalil Herbert combined for 30 carries, 81 yards, and a touchdown on the ground but it wasn’t enough to win a game that they were actually favored in.
For Kansas State, their keys to winning this game were to establish dominance early, take care of the football, and contain Darius Wade. Kansas State went up 17-0 in the first quarter and finished with a 52-0 shutout. Ball security is still an issue as they put the ball on the ground and lost it once. Kansas State had to contain Bowling Green Darius Wade to win this game and man, did they contain him. Wade finished the game 8/19 passing with just 79 yards and only 3 carries for 0 yards. Kansas State has a tough matchup next week as they head to Starkville to take on Mississippi State.
Oklahoma continued to do Oklahoma things as they routed South Dakota. Jalen Hurts continued his phenomenal play while he was on the field but this was such a blowout that the third string QB even came in and threw a touchdown pass.
I challenged Oklahoma State to play Big XII football this week and man did they ever. 32 pass attempts for 413 passing yards and 5 touchdowns en route to a 56-14 drubbing of McNeese State. Chuba Hubbard didn’t get nearly as many carries as he did last week. However, he took advantage of the carries he did see and still found the endzone. Oklahoma State is still looking for their pass-rush however and they need to figure something out for conference play.
This game really lived up to the hype it had going into it. Unfortunately for Texas, they couldn’t pull off the upset but they still looked like a team that could finish top-10. Keaontay Ingram struggled to get going on the ground and was outplayed on fewer touched by freshman QB-turned-RB Roschon Johnson. The second half was electrifying as Devin Duvernay and Sam Ehlinger couldn’t be stopped but they couldn’t rattle LSU early so LSU just threw all over these young Texas DBs.
Texas Tech played Texas Tech football and aired the ball out 45 times in their dominant showing over UTEP. The more dominant part of this game? Texas Tech held UTEP running back Treyvon Hughes to just 27 yards on 10 carries. UTEP still refused to throw the ball as they had just 19 pass attempts to 38 rush attempts, essentially just laying down and accepting the whooping.
West Virginia’s keys to success to bear Missouri? Force takeaways, stop, and establish a running game of their own. West Virginia forced a fumble but it was recovered by Missouri so they forced 0 turnovers on Saturday. WVU managed to keep Kelly Bryant in check on the ground with 10 carries for 5 yards. Unfortunately, Larry Rountree III and Tyler Badie combined for 30 carries, 170 yards, and a touchdown on the ground to gash the Mountaineers defense. Offensively, West Virginia never got going until they scored a late touchdown down 38-0 to save the shutout. Their running game never got going and the team finished averaging 0.9 yards per carry.