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    [2022] Big XII Network Week 2 in Review: Upsets and Near Upsets

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    The fearless leader of the Nation's Most Exciting Conference is out in the field working to ensure the Big XII remains the most exciting conference in the land, so I'll be working to fill in over the next few weeks.  Just think of it this way folks the Big XII media is so good that the blowout settings have been engaged and the backup writer has been inserted.  This week the Big XII saw a few near upsets, one actual upset, and a couple really solid wins.  As expected the conference's top running backs performed up to their lofty standards while Baylor and Kansas return to the drawing board to figure out their issues.  Let's stop talking about it and get to the games shall we?


    Thursday Night


    :kstate: Kansas State 19, :ull: Louisiana-Lafayette 16


    Zahir No-Moore: Although the game ended up being a lot closer than Wildcat fans had hoped they can take solace in the effort provided by sophomore outside linebacker Zahir Moore.  He absolutely terrorized the Angry Cajuns to the tune of 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and a sack on the night.  Moore was the catalyst of a defensive unit that stiffed the ULL run game to a total 37 yards on 13 carries which averages out to less than 3.0 YPC.  


    Field Goal, Get Your Field Goal Here: Fans of watching special teams play can rejoice in the 9 combined field goal attempts that occurred during the course of the game.  The Wildcats can’t be terribly excited about settling for 5 field goal attempts (with 4 makes) against a Sun-Belt opponent.  As Kansas State progresses into their Nation’s Most Exciting Conference slate they are really going to need to turn some of those field goals into touchdowns.  


    That’s Against the Rules: For the second week in a row Kansas State was heavily penalized racking up 9 penalties for 85 yards.  Alas true to their nickname the Enraged Cajuns were also heavily penalized with 5 penalties for 75 yards on the night.  Sloppy play plagued both team during this festival of field goals.  


    Next Up:  On Saturday Morning the Wildcats will be in Lynchburg, Virginia taking on the mighty Liberty Flames 


    Saturday Afternoon


    :army: Army 28, :baylor: Baylor 26


    Royal Pains: Nigel Royal, the sophomore runner, for the Army Black Knights jump started his sophomore campaign with 108 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries.  The 4.7 yards per carry he got on the night is significantly improved over the less than 4.0 yards per carry he averaged during his freshman season.  Royal kept pounding away at the Baylor defense consistently getting 4 to 5 yards on every carry while only having a long rush on 10 yards on the night.


    Streets to Nowhere: Coming into the game Baylor had to feel they had an advantage on the outside with the speedy red-shirt sophomore runner Miles Street.  However the Army defense really locked down the Baylor rushing attack holding Street to 34 yards on 10 carries which is only good for 3.4 yards a rush.  This put the onus on Caleb Olsted to carry the load for the offense and he responded by only completing 54% of his passes on a low efficiency day all around for the Bears. 


    Penalties are Bad, mmk: Like Kansas State on Thursday night the Baylor Bears really played in an undisciplined manner.  Baylor piled up 92 yards of penalties on the day which really put a dent in any momentum they might have been able to create.  Combine that fact with Army’s ability to keep moving the chains and it created a hole that was just a little to deep for the Bears to escape.


    Next Up:  The Bears travel to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in a Friday night showdown.  


    :ou: Oklahoma 38, :boise: Boise State 14


    “Air” ick Pope: The Sooners went through a coaching change last year and the first thing HAFF did was instill more balance into the offensive attack.  After getting a full off-season to learn the offense, Junior quarterback Eric Pope responded in a huge way with arguably the best passing performance of his career.  Pope torched the Broncos with an efficient 20 completions on 26 passes for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns.  If Pope can continue to put up good passing numbers the Sooners offense will be even more scary, speaking of scary…


    Mo’ Holes Mo’ Problems: The biggest beneficiary to Pope’s newfound passing prowess might be red-shirt senior Maurice White.  White gashed through these holes for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns on a nice 23 carries.  For those playing the home game that equates to a nifty 6.96 yards per carry which 3rd most efficient game in White’s storied career.  The thing Oklahoma fans have to be stoked about is that White’s longest run was only 21 yards so he was consistently breaking off these solid runs which will open up more lanes for the passing game.  


    Deflection Hattrick:  Red-shirt senior free safety Julian Foster made a statement in this game with his 3 deflections.  Since deflections started being tracked during the 2021 season this is the first time in Big XII history that a player has gotten more than 2 deflections in a single game.  Oklahoma has talent all over the field so it’s nice for Foster to go out there and make a statement in game one.


    Next Up: The Sooners welcome the Missouri Tigers to Norman, Oklahoma.  Missouri is working hard to earn an invitation to the Nation’s Most Exciting conference by playing their 3rd consecutive Big XII opponent.


    :texas: Texas 33, :utsa: UTSA 30


    Going to the Well(s): The Longhorns needed every bit of the senior’s 167 yards to survive the spunky Roadrunners.  With the well-documented struggles of new quarterback Lucas Beckwith and the relative lack of wide receiver depth the Longhorns will go as far as Wells will take them this season.  Early reports out of Austin suggest that red-shirt senior quarterback Kyler Tackett might return to the starting lineup after the early struggles of Beckwith.


    Big Play Jermon: The Longhorns really struggled to contain the big play ability of UTSA true freshman Jermon Bailey.  Bailey carved up the Texas defense with 3 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown and also had 135 kick return yards and a touchdown.  Bailey’s game should likely warrant him some player of the week hype, but should also provide a blueprint for future opponents on where to attack that Texas defense.


    Mr. Clutch: Junior kicker Devin Bollinger came up huge for Texas connecting on all 4 of his field goal attempts on the game.  Bollinger connected on a game tying field goal in the 4th quarter and hit the eventual game winning field goal during the 2nd overtime period.  UTSA came into Austin unafraid of the Longhorns and they almost walked away with the big upset victory.  


    Next Up: The Longhorns welcome conference foe West Virginia for both teams Big XII opener. 
    :ttu: Texas Tech 20, :temple: Temple 16


    The Never-ending Story: If you have followed Texas Tech football over the past few years then you know that the main story is always superstar Solomon McLaughlin.  Saturday was no exception as McLaughlin ran through the Temple defense to the tune of 179 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries.  The 6.17 yards per carry has to make the Red Raider fans feel good considering everyone on the Temple defense was likely instructed to stack the box.  The only negative to Solomon’s performance was the fumble he lost, but other than that he led them to victory. 


    Now That’s just Defensive: Texas Tech utilized a fairly strong bend by don’t break strategy against the Owls.  Redshirt freshman Eli Siegel never could find his rhythm as he passed for only 146 yards and an interception.  Running back Julian Childs was also largely held in check gaining 82 yards on 20 carries which is a number the Texas Tech coaches will gladly live with.  Curtis Jones and Samir Sample combined for 4 tackles for loss and a sack on the night which kept Temple in difficult situations on down and distance.


    The Money Down: Solomon and the Red Raider offense went for an efficient 5/11 on third down conversions.  Texas Tech’s offense is designed to wear the defense down over time so anytime they can come in around 50% on those conversions and keep the defense on the field they are going to be happy.  


    Next Up: Texas Tech plays host to the South Alabama Jaguars Saturday afternoon.  


    :mizzou: Missouri 28, :kansas: Kansas 14


    Get that Man Some Help: Christian Graham is one of the best quarterbacks in the conference if not arguably one of the better guys nationally.  However through the first 2 games he’s clearly not getting much help from his supporting cast.  Sophomore back Andre Black was held to 15 yards on 9 carries and pass catchers not named Jaime Bautista really struggled on the day.  If Kansas wants to capitalize on the time they have left with their excellent quarterback they are going to have to work to get production from their rushing attack.  Graham completed only 50% of his passes and threw 2 interceptions to go with his 2 touchdown passes.


    The English Gentleman: In their first 2 games this season Missouri seems content to allow their speedy English transfer Aaron Johnson to handle a bulk of the offensive load.  Kansas has a strong defensive line led by junior defensive end Jamari Callahan.  However Johnson was repeatedly able to break to the outside and get into the meat of Kansas’ linebacking corp which is the weakest link on their stout overall defense.  Johnson wss able to gain 115 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries which allowed freshman quarterback Travis Ricketts the ability to manage the game effectively.


    At Least there’s Jaime: If there’s an offensive bright spot that Jayhawk fans can take away from the Border War it’s the play of tight end Jaime Bautista.  The Senior hauled in over 50% of Christian Graham’s yards and provided at least one consistent weapon.  Kansas is going to  need Bautista to keep playing at a high level while they work on getting production out of their other skill players.


    Next Up: Kansas gets the week off from playing football.


    :tcu: TCU 24, :rice: Rice 20


    Flexible Felix:  In a concerted effort to gain more balance on the offensive end TCU really focused on getting running back Martin Gifford more carries.  Although Luck did not have the most efficient day he showed poise by throwing for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns on a day where TCU fundamentally changed their offensive attack.  The Frogs will need Luck to improve on those numbers as the team heads into conference play. 


    Settle Down: Rice came out strong in the 1st quarter as superstar quarterback Eric McLean would toss for 2 touchdowns to give the Owls a 14-7 lead.  The TCU defense would dominate the remaining 3 quarters as they held the Owls to 6 additional points in their 24-20 victory.  Aidan Morrell and Jasiah Pickens would each grab a sack and the defense would hold running back Jasiah Braxton to 59 yards on 15 attempts. 


    Mr. Ross: Highly touted freshman corner back Patrick Ross would get his 1st career interception in the game.  TCU boasts a ton of secondary depth so they have elected to work Ross into the rotation as the slot corner.  The process seems to be paying off as he was able to read the eyes of Eric McLean and jump a route for the interception.  It will be interesting to see what the Frogs will do if Ross continues to shine.  Will they move him into a starting role?  Only time will tell.  


    Next Up:  TCU gets the weekend off from playing football games.  


    Byes: :isu: Iowa State (0-1), :wvu: West Virginia (0-1), :okst: #6 Oklahoma State (1-0)

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    1 hour ago, smckenz3 said:

    Bailey carved up the Texas defense with 3 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown and also had 135 kick return yards and a touchdown.


    Its too bad he’ll never see the NFL. Averaging almost over 30 a catch in two games so far with 4 total TDs . I’m going to probably sing his praises every chance I get as long as he keeps it up. Lol

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    On 11/2/2018 at 1:08 PM, ZackTyzwyz said:



    Errrrr-eek Pope?

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