BAYLOR: It took 18 years for the Baylor Bears to get back in the national rankings, and only two weeks to fall back out. Saturday's 55-28 loss at 12th- ranked Oklahoma State snapped Baylor's three-game win streak. OSU jumped out to a 34-0 lead and then put it in cruise control, as the Cowboys leapfrogged Baylor by a half game in the Big 12 South Division standings. BU didn't get anything going until midway through the third quarter, as Robert Griffin finished with 267 yards and an interception on 30-of-48 passing. Jay Finley paced the rushing attack with 18 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns, but a good chunk of that yardage came when the Cowboys were trying to protect a comfortable lead. Defensively, the Bears allowed OSU to set a new school record with 725 yards of total offense. Cowboys' quarterback Brandon Weeden set school marks with 34 completions and 435 yards, while the ground game gashed Baylor for 290 yards and a team average of 7.4 yards per carry. Baylor closes out its regular-season schedule with two straight home games, beginning with Texas A&M this Saturday night.
COLORADO: Colorado's miserable season continued on Saturday, as the Buffaloes were dumped by lowly Kansas, 52-45, to fall for the fifth straight game. And the way they lost this one will be tough to swallow for quite some time. The Buffs took a seemingly comfortable 28-point lead into the fourth quarter, as they appeared set to finally end their lengthy regular-season road losing streak at 15 games. But then the bottom fell out, and Kansas reeled off 35 unanswered points to claim the improbable win. After the game, coach Dan Hawkins was obviously upset with his team's inability to finish, something he said the players are still learning to do. They've got a long way to go after Saturday's meltdown. Playing in its final Big 12 season, CU is trying to avoid going winless in league play. The Buffs also need to win their final three games in order to become bowl eligible for only the second time in Hawkins' five years at the helm. They'll play two straight at home, beginning this Saturday versus Iowa State.
IOWA STATE: The Iowa State Cyclones came up just short in their quest for bowl eligibility, as they were downed in overtime by ninth-ranked Nebraska, 31-30. It was an intense battle, with ISU clawing back from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime at 24-24. But in the extra session, holder Daniel Kuehl's pass on a fake extra-point try was intercepted by Nebraska's Eric Hagg to seal the outcome. Kuehl had Collin Franklin open in the end zone, but his pass was underthrown. The Cyclones dominated the first half with 13 first downs and 192 yards of total offense to grab a 10-7 halftime lead. The Cornhuskers took control with 17 third-quarter points, but ISU wouldn't back down. Austen Arnaud finished with 203 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-32 passing, though he also threw a pair of interceptions. Jake Williams caught two of those TD passes, while Alexander Robinson scratched and clawed his way to 101 yards on 32 carries. Next up for the Cyclones is a road tilt against the Colorado Buffaloes, who are winless in Big 12 play and coming off an epic meltdown against Kansas.
KANSAS: Trailing by 28 points entering the fourth quarter, Kansas appeared headed to its fifth straight loss. Instead, the Jayhawks mounted a historic comeback, scoring 35 unanswered points for a 52-45 win over Colorado. Kansas, which had lost four straight conference games entering this tilt, had never scored 35 points in a quarter and had never overcome a 28-point deficit in its history. KU's 35 fourth-quarter points were the second-most scored in a fourth quarter to win a game in NCAA history behind only BYU's 36 points in a 50-36 win against Washington State in 1990. In fact, in their four previous losses, the Jayhawks were averaging just 10 points. Freshman running back James Sims was the hero, rushing for 123 yards and four second-half touchdowns, including the game-winner with 52 seconds remaining. Quinn Mecham completed an ultra- efficient 23-of-28 passes for 252 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The win ended an 11-game conference losing streak for Kansas. This week, the Jayhawks travel to Lincoln to tangle with ninth-ranked Nebraska.
KANSAS STATE: Kansas State became bowl eligible for the first time since 2006 with Saturday's 39-14 triumph over Texas, which also snapped a two-game slide for the Wildcats. With the win, K-State moves to No. 24 in the latest BCS standings, the team's second appearance in the BCS rankings this season. The Wildcats have been successful of late against Texas, as they've won the last three meetings and have scored 125 points in those games. Collin Klein got the starting nod at quarterback over Carson Coffman, and he rushed for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns while attempting only four passes. Daniel Thomas, the conference's second-leading rusher, carried 18 times for 106 yards and also scored twice, as he eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season. The defense also came up big, notching five interceptions of Longhorns' quarterback Garrett Gilbert that resulted in 17 points. Next, K-State will kick off the first of three straight road contests on Saturday when it travels to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers.
MISSOURI: After jumping out to a 7-0 start, the Tigers have now lost two straight following Saturday's 24-17 setback at Texas Tech. The loss drops Missouri from No. 14 to No. 20 in the latest AP poll, though the team is No. 17 in this week's BCS standings. The Tigers jumped out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead, but Texas Tech gradually took hold of the momentum as Red Raiders' head coach Tommy Tuberville made a switch at quarterback late in the first half. The Tigers simply weren't able to sustain drives as they converted just 1- of-12 third downs, compared to 10-of-23 for the Red Raiders. As a result, Tech held a decisive 39:14-20:19 edge in time of possession. Blaine Gabbert had a forgettable day under center for Missouri, completing only 12-of-30 passes for 95 yards. Kendial Lawrence led the UM ground game with 96 yards, although 71 of those yards came on a first-quarter touchdown run. Still, the Tigers averaged a healthy 8.4 yards per carry as a team. They'll look to get back in the win column Saturday afternoon when Kansas State comes to town.
NEBRASKA: No. 9 Nebraska needed overtime to knock off Iowa State on Saturday, 31-30. The Cornhuskers led by 14 in the fourth quarter, but the Cyclones rallied to force overtime. In the extra session, Eric Hagg came up with a game-clinching interception on a fake extra-point attempt by ISU. Sophomore Rex Burkhead rumbled for a career-high 129 yards and two TDs, and he rushed for all 25 of the team's yards in overtime. He wound up running the Wildcat offense for a chunk of the game due to injuries. Sophomore quarterback Cody Green got his first start of the season, as freshman Taylor Martinez (ankle) and senior Zac Lee (arm) were unavailable. Green was even knocked out of the game late in the first quarter after taking a big hit, though he eventually returned and finished the game. Roy Helu complemented Burkhead with 99 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, as the Huskers kept the ISU defense off balance with its rushing attack. NU hopes to have Martinez back on the field this Saturday when Kansas comes to town.
OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma faded out of the BCS title hunt with Saturday's 33-19 setback at Texas A&M. The loss dropped the Sooners to 7-2 on the season and 3-2 in Big 12 play, as they are now in third place in the league's South Division. The Sooners also slid down to No. 16 in the latest BCS standings and No. 19 in this week's AP poll. After falling behind 19-0, OU put together a big third quarter to cut the deficit to 19-17. However, the Aggies sealed it with two more TDs in the fourth quarter. The Sooners got off to a rough start, as their first play resulted in a safety after a bad snap. Landry Jones aired it out 59 times, as he completed 36 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown. He was also intercepted once and sacked four times. Demarco Murray was bottled up to 80 yards on 25 carries, though he did find the end zone once and also led the team with 10 catches for 67 yards. However, the Aggies' defense took away most of the downfield opportunities, forcing Jones to go to check-downs too often. OU has a tough stretch run, closing out its schedule against Texas Tech, then at Baylor and at Oklahoma State in the coming weeks.
OKLAHOMA STATE: Oklahoma State cruised to a 55-28 win over 22nd-ranked Baylor over the weekend. OSU is now No. 10 in the latest BCS standings. Equally as important, the win also moved OSU into first place in the Big 12 South Division. Several school records were broken in the victory, one of which was the team's 725 yards of total offense. In his first game back after serving a one-game suspension, Justin Blackmon picked up right where he left off, hauling in a career-best 13 passes for 173 yards. He also scored on a 69-yard run, as the Cowboys racked up 290 rushing yards (7.4 ypc) and three TDs as a team. It marked the eighth straight 100-yard receiving game for Blackmon, tying Hart Lee Dykes' school record set in 1988. Blackmon continues to lead the nation in receiving yards per game (160.6 ypg) and he ranks second in receptions per contest (9.4 rpg). Brandon Weeden completed 34-of-42 passes for a school-record 435 yards and three scores, and Bo Bowling added nine catches for a personal-best 101 yards. Weeden's 34 completions also broke a school record. The Cowboys play at Texas this Saturday.
TEXAS: Texas has one of the nation's most storied football programs, but this season will certainly not be adding to that legacy. The Longhorns didn't put up much of a fight in Saturday's 39-14 loss to Kansas State. With the loss, the Longhorns (4-5, 2-4) are guaranteed their worst record in Mack Brown's 14 years as head coach. The defense surrendered a long touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage, and that set the tone for the rest of the game as K-State imposed its will. The Longhorns trailed 39-0 before scoring both of their touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Garrett Gilbert had a miserable day under center, as he was intercepted five times on the night, leading to 17 points for the Wildcats. Those turnovers virtually wiped out a 412-270 advantage in total offense for Texas. Gilbert also led the team with a career- high 93 rushing yards, as K-State bottled up the Longhorns' running backs. On a positive note, Mike Davis set a UT freshman record with 11 receptions for a career-high 109 yards. Texas hosts ninth-ranked Oklahoma State this weekend.
TEXAS A&M: Texas A&M became bowl eligible with Saturday's 33-19 victory over 11th-ranked Oklahoma. The win was the Aggies' third straight, and it also snapped their seven-game losing streak to OU. In their last two meetings with the Sooners, Texas A&M was out-scored, 131-38. But this time was much different, thanks in no small part to a defense that held the Sooners on 4th- and-1 three times. Ryan Tannehill had a big day under center, completing 19- of-32 passes for 225 yards and two scores. However, he did also throw a pair of interceptions and was sacked three times. His favorite target was Ryan Swope, who caught eight passes for 136 yards and a TD. On the ground, Cyrus Gray carried 21 times for 122 yards and a score. The Aggies held only a slight 382-362 edge in total offense, but they came through when they needed to in the fourth quarter. After watching a 19-0 lead evaporate into a 19-17 margin, the Aggies answered with two straight fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 23-yard run by Gray and a 64-yard pass to Swope. Texas A&M will seek its fourth straight win this Saturday night at Baylor.
TEXAS TECH: Though it took a while to get going, the Red Raiders came through with a 24-17 win over 14th-ranked Missouri. Steven Sheffield was given the starting nod for the first time this season over Taylor Potts. But Sheffield struggled, going 11-of-20 for 99 yards as the team punted on five of his seven possessions and lost fumbles on the other two. That prompted head coach Tommy Tuberville to go back to Potts, and he immediately led the offense on a 16- play touchdown drive. Potts finished with 188 yards and three TDs on 19-of-28 passing. Lyle Leong caught two of those touchdown passes en route to a nine- catch, 123-yard performance. On the ground, Baron Batch produced 134 yards on 28 carries, which allowed the Red Raiders to control the tempo. Texas Tech converted 10-of-23 third downs while Missouri was just 1-of-12, as the Red Raiders nearly doubled up the Tigers on time of possession (39:41-20:19). Tech will look to keep it going on Saturday afternoon when it travels to 19th- ranked Oklahoma.