Heading into halftime, Baylor lead 35-21. And although the Big 12 isn’t keen on its defenses of the past much like the Pac-12, the conference based in the plains pulled through some second half wins.
In week two of Big 12 action, TCU would rebound against its shaky start against Minnesota, while the Texas Longhorns ignited both their offense (which Rece Davis slammed Saturday morning on College GameDay) and defense versus Rice — a win that Charlie Strong will be extremely elated about.
Charlie Strong used to tease Daje Johnson about not making any plays since OU in 2013. No longer. Punt return TD pic.twitter.com/9VpljqWxMz
— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) September 13, 2015
Big 12 W-L Record: 8-2
Highest Points Scored: 70 (TCU vs. Stephen F. Austin)
Lowest Points Scored: 17 (Iowa State vs. Iowa)
Largest Margin of Victory: 63 (TCU vs. Stephen F. Austin)
Smallest Margin of Victory: 7 (OU vs. Tennessee/2OT)
5. Kansas State (W 31-3 vs. UT-San Antonio)
— FS1 (@FS1) September 12, 2015
4. Texas Tech (W 69-20 vs. UT-El Paso)
Behind Patrick Mahomes and DeAndre Washington, the Texas Tech Raiders once again approached the half-century mark in points against Lamar in a scrimmage-like setting at AT&T Stadium.
Next Saturday, Texas Tech may have to step up their game at Arkansas, regardless of Arkansas being upset by Toledo at War Memorial Stadium, 12-16.
3. Oklahoma (W 31-24 vs. Tennesse/2OT)
In a game that had Boomer Sooner Nation reconciling their fate as a top dog in the Big 12 Conference, Baker Mayfield flipped the switch in the second half, reviving hope for the Sooners with the help of Sterling Shepard, who earned the player of the game in the final drive of a double-overtime thriller at Neyland Stadium.
2. Texas Christian (W 70-7 vs. Stephen F. Austin)
After several key losses on defense, including LB Mike Freeze, DE Sammy Douglas and DT John McFarland, the Horned Frogs rightfully bounced back in week two from what could have been one of TCU’s most reddening-in-the-face scenarios against Minnesota in Week 1.
Now with a deficiency on defense, TCU’s squad still performed well under pressure on both sides of the ball, as 2016 NFL prospect Trevone Boykin tossed four touchdowns.
TCU Defense vs. Stephen F. Austin
The Horned Frogs defense allowed 7 points, 21 pass yards and 8 first downs as Stephen F. Austin converted 2-of-16 third-down opportunities.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 12, 2015
1. Baylor (W 66-31 vs. Lamar)
Despite a shabby performance by Seth Russell (3 INTs), other factors of the Baylor Bears offense, such as the three running backs who all rushed for over 100 yards each, took matters into their own hands; posting a second-half onslaught of 31-10 against Lamar at McLane Stadium.
Three’s a Company – Baylor RBs vs. Lamar
Shock Linwood: 18 rushes, 130 yards, 3 TDs
Johnny Jefferson: 12 rushes, 121 yards, TD
Terence Williams: 14 rushes, 121 yards
Trio of TDs for Corey Coleman in @BUFootball's first half.
The third is this 61-yard reception.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 13, 2015
Scoreboard – Big 12, Week 2
West Virginia 41 – Liberty 17
Texas 42 – Rice 28
Oklahoma State 32 – Central Arkansas 8
Iowa State 17 – Iowa 31
Kansas 23 – Memphis 55
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