The good, the bad and the ugly

We are now three weeks into the 2022 college football season as we wrap up playing without a conference. There have been plenty of surprises so far in the Big 12 and the conference looks more wide open than ever. Team play will be in full swing next week, but before we get to that, here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from Week Three in the Big 12.

The good

Oklahoma (Nebraska win 49-14)

A lot of people thought this would be a close match because it was in Lincoln and due to the fact that Nebraska just fired Scott Frost. But emotions played no factor because those Nebraska tears wouldn’t stop Oklahoma from putting hit the mummies. The sooner I had a monster day on the ground capturing 328 rushing yards led by Eric Gray who had 113 yards and two paces. Nebraska had no chance of stopping the Oklahoma attack, which ended with 580 total yards. Jeff Libby’s attack converted a 10/16 turn for a third defeat as they sprinted to an easy win down the road.

Oklahoma State (Beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63-7)

There is not much to say here because this game was more like a fight or exercise than a real one. Spencer Sanders had a field day With four touchdown passes as Brayden Johnson caught two of them. Surprisingly, the Cowboys defense was on the field for more than 37 minutes, yet it only gave up seven points. Even the backups played in this was Gunner Gundy and Garret Rangel got some shots. In the end, did you learn anything about Oklahoma from this game? Not right.

West Virginia (Pete Towson 65-7)

Another cupcake game is here West Virginia offended Towson. The Mountaineers dominated from start to finish as the rushing attack ran for 316 yards. Tony Mathis Jr. and CJ Donaldson both cut over 100 yards apiece and combined for five touchdowns a day. West Virginia had more than 600 yards of attack and the defense shut out anything Towson did. Just like the Oklahoma State game, I didn’t learn much here due to the fact that the opponent was so bad. Still, West Virginia needed to get into the winning column, and they did.

Baylor (wt Texas State 42-7)

while the The game wasn’t really closeBaylor was a bit slow on this. It was just one game until Blake Shapen hit 35 yards with 26 seconds left in the first half. The good news is that Baylor’s defense did an excellent job closing the Texas State game and exited the field in third and fourth. It was also great to see the attack effectively run the ball as Richard Reiss ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns. It may not have been Baylor’s best test, but it was a good confidence booster after a tough loss last weekend in Provo.

Iowa State (Ohio wins 43-10)

If you expect disappointment from Iowa after your victory over Iowa, I was wrong. Iowa kept its foot on the throttle as Hunter Deckers had a big day with 268 passing yards and three touchdowns. The running game looked good with Deon Silas, Jirehl Brock and Eli Sanders. What about ten players who catch a pass? This is something you don’t see every day. But despite the quality of the attack, this defense deserves more praise. They held Ohio State only 10 points and allowed the Bobcats to convert only two-thirds of the touchdown. During the first three games, this defense only gives up an average of nine points per game.

Texas (UTSA win 41-20)

Despite the score, this match was fairly close for three quarters. In fact, UTSA 17-7 advances in the second quarter before Texas decided to wake up. The Roadrunners reclaimed a kick to the side and had a tricky first-half play score, but Longhorns managed to get in at halftime with a tie at 17. Fortunately for Texas, the second-half ground game caught fire as Bijan Robinson scored two monsters. to drive crime. For me, the game turned into Jahdae Barron’s selection of six in the late third quarter. That play turned the game around as Texas outperformed UTSA 24-3 in the second half. The Texans might have a bit of Alabama hangover, but they still managed to win the game by 21 points, so give them credit.

KS (beaten Houston 48-30).

I saved the best for last here because KS 3-0 for the first time since 2009! Just like last week against West Virginia, the Jayhawks had lost 14-0 and came back strong thanks to the attack. Jalon Daniels had another big game with a 158 yard pass and also led the team in a hurry as he ran for 123 yards. He ended up with five touchdowns total on the day which was tied for second place in Kansas history. Also, this Kansas offensive line deserves some commendation because they did a great job opening holes in the running game as the attack ran for 280 yards to the ground.

After going out three times in the first two batches, the offense scored points in eight of the match’s last ten rounds. Right now, we’re seeing Jalon Daniels become a great midfielder and Lance Leipold flip that program right before our eyes. Folks, this KS team is real.


Texas Tech (lost to NC State 27-14)

If not for the defensive effort of Red Rider’s defense, this The game could have been much worse. The defense kept Texas Tech in this game and kept NC State only 270 yards from the attack. The problem was the turnovers where Donovan Smith threw two interceptions and even Brian Morton threw one of them as well. There were even special teams getting stuck on the return of the boat, too. Between a lack of attack and a turnover, Texas Tech struggled in this game, but they give NC State credit, as they are a good soccer team.


Kansas State (lost to Tulane 17-10)

There’s no reason to talk about defense here because This game falls on the shoulders From the violation and the technical staff. I’ll start with quarterback Adrian Martinez because he was very reluctant to throw throws on the field. There are still questions about him as a bystander and I don’t think any were answered on Saturday. Nor did it help keep Deuce Vaughn in check for most of the game. I know he dealt with some cramps, but that also wasn’t good for the attack. The biggest difference in this game was the main crises. The Wildcats only went 2/15 in third and abysmal 1/5 in fourth. When it mattered most, offense couldn’t keep the chains moving.

As far as training goes, offensive coordinator Colin Klein kept things very simple against Tulane. I think he could unlock the game book a little more. I saw a pass shovel at three and nine when they went down by seven with just over three minutes to play and that was really interesting. But there were also times when Kansas State was supposed to hunt and play the field position battle a little better. Overall, it was just an ugly loss, but at least this wasn’t a conference game.