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Big 12 Summary – Week 5

W-L Record: 5-5
Most Points Scored: 63 (Baylor vs. Texas Tech)
Least Points Scored: 2 (Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State)
Largest Margin of Victory: 43 (TCU vs. Texas)
Smallest Margin of Victory: 2 (Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State)

5. Oklahoma State (W 36-34 vs. Kansas State)

With Oklahoma State down two starting running backs, Kansas State suffered another loss with Joe Hubener. Although Hubener returned to the field later in the game, back-up quarterback-turned-receiver, Kody Cook (122 yards, 2 TD), managed to keep Kansas State at the heels of the Cowboys.

A valiant effort posted by Kansas State in the first half, the odds were in favor of the Cowboys, who outscored Kansas State 16-6 in the second half, for the remainder of the game.

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4. Texas Tech (L 35-63 vs. Baylor)

A series knotted at 36-35 at a win-loss standpoint in favor of Texas Tech, the Red Raiders would fall from the wayside to score the lowest points of the season against Baylor’s defense led by Blanchard/Howard (an INT each) and Orion Stewart (10 tackles).

Despite a stellar performance from Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech coughed up the ball four times, yet managed 636 yards on offense with the help of Tony Brown (117 receiving yards, TD) and Zach Austin (110 receiving yards, TD), both at wide receiver.

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3. Oklahoma (W 44-24 vs. West Virginia)

Both Eric Striker (13 tackles, 2 sacks) and West Virginia’s Karl Joseph (5 tackles), who nabbed his fifth interception of the season, were pivotal to their team’s defenses. Meanwhile on offense, West Virginia’s quarterback, Skyler Howard, tossed three picks (two to Jordan Thomas) and Sooners playcaller Baker Mayfield (320 yards, 3 TD) churned out some shaky plays of his own, but won over the statistics box handsomely.

In this contest, both teams’ fate lied in the hands of penalties – West Virginia dished out 11 penalties for 111 yards and Oklahoma surrendered 12 for 134.

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2. Baylor (W 63-35 vs. Texas Tech)

A Week 5 match-up between two of the Big 12’s most explosive offenses proved to be a duel between Patrick Mahomes and Seth Russell, who, combined, threw for 821 yards and eight touchdowns.

And despite two Tech receivers sharing a 100-yard, one touchdown game, it’d be Baylor’s 680 yards-on-offense effort that’d help them to start the 2015 season 4-0.

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1. TCU (W 50-7 vs. Texas)

TCU’s field general Trevone Boykin continued piling on his votes for the Heisman Trophy race against Texas as he threw for over 300 yards and added five touchdowns. And after a monster week for Josh Doctson, Boykin relied on another target, KaVontae Turpin (6 receptions, 138 yards, 4 TD), to seal the deal against a shoddy Longhorns defense.

Recapping the Big 12 Scoreboard – Week 5

50 TCU
7 Texas

63 Baylor
35 Texas Tech

44 Oklahoma
24 Texas

36 Oklahoma State
34 Kansas State

38 Iowa State
13 Kansas

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