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WEEK 12 5 X 5

What went right and what went wrong in a wild week 12 across the Big 12

THE RIGHT

· Justice Hill and Chris Carson rush for a combined 300 yards against TCU. Hill had 154 yards on 16 carries while Carson had 146 yards on 17 carries. Needless to say this was by far the best rushing performance for the Cowboys in the last several years and one of the best of the Gundy era at Oklahoma State.

· Dede Westbrook topped 100 yards receiving for the seventh time in the last eight games and added another receiving touchdown to bring his season total to 15. He’s making a strong case for the Biletnikoff award along with being considered a Heisman trophy candidate.

· Kansas State freshman Alex Barnes had a huge game this weekend rushing for 129 yards and scoring four rushing touchdowns. The crazy thing is that he had one carry for nine yards in the first half. The majority of his damage was down after half time. If he can keep this up Bill Snyder will have another good running back to lean on in the future.

· Iowa State Quarterback Joel Lanning and Jacob Park had a huge game against Texas Tech. Lanning tied an Iowa State record with five rushing touchdowns while also chipping in 171 yards rushing and 51 yards passing. Park had 285 yards passing on 14/18 passing attempts with two touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown on two carries. Needless to say I think this is what Coach Campbell envisioned when he made the call to use the two quarterback system that has been criticized for much of the season.

· The Kansas Jayhawks beat the Texas Longhorns for the first time since 1938 on Matthew Wyman’s game winning field goal in overtime. The Jayhawks had lost 19 straight Big 12 games. This was a great moment for Coach Beaty and should give him some security to continue working on the rebuild. We’ve been saying this all year but he is the right coach for the job and is doing a heck of a job. Shoutout to the fans who rushed the field and tore down the goal post. It may have taken several attempts and a few fans who didn't have the strength to pull themselves up but in the end they got the job done.

THE WRONG

· TCU’s defense was manhandled by Oklahoma State for the majority of the game. This had to be particularly tough for Coach Patterson to stomach as defense has always been his calling card. It’s been a long year for TCU and they still need to win another game to become bowl eligible.

· West Virginia as a team lost their composure quite a few times in the first half and it seemed the moment might have been too big for them as they let Oklahoma rush out to a 34-0 lead in the first half. By the time they regained their composure and began to play their game it was too little too late.

· The meltdown in Waco continues as Baylor was dominated in the second half by Kansas State. The Bears failed to score a rushing touchdown for the first time in 39 games. This was a key stat to me as Baylor’s offense has always been a run first team. It will be interesting to see if they can pull it together to finish the season. Either way it should be an interesting offseason in Waco to say the least.

· Texas Tech’s defense continued to disappoint in what was a must win game for a Red Raiders squad that needed to win out to become bowl eligible. The defense was absolutely shredded by the two quarterback system of the Cyclones. This game has put Coach Kingsbury’s seat on absolute fire.

· Texas lost to a 1-9 Jayhawks squad that hadn’t beaten a Big 12 opponent in its last 19 attempts. It is fair to say that this will be the nail in the coffin for Coach Strong’s hopes of keeping his job. There’s already a lot of talk coming out of Austin that he has been fired and an announcement could come as soon as Monday.

Cullen Clark

Co-Host Big XII Country Podcast

@Cullen_B12C

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