Big 12 Football Week 4: Underdogs win every conference game

So who got the Kansas/Kansas State game on Nov. 26 as the game to determine which teams travel to Arlington next week for the Big 12 title? After yesterday, it is possible.

In the three non-conference matchups, the Big 12 teams had no problems. West Virginia retains the Black Diamond trophy. TCU recovers the iron skillet. And don’t look now, folks, but Kansas is 4-0!

Here’s how each Big 12 team fared, along with some of the key Top 25 results:

West Virginia (2-2, 0-1) at Virginia Tech (2-2)

West Virginia wins 33-10

In another Mountaineers rivalry game played on a Thursday night, West Virginia went to Blacksburg and came home with the Black Diamond trophy. Forget that loss to Kansas. West Virginia had a good game on both sides of the ball. JT Daniels threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns. CJ Donaldson rushed for 106 yards, his third time for 100 yards in four games. And the Mountaineers defense limited Virginia Tech to just 10 points. West Virginia plays Texas next week.

TCU (3-0, 0-0) at SMU (2-2)

TCU wins 42-34

The Iron Skillet returns to Fort Worth for the first time since 2018. In the Sonny Dykes back to the top of the hill, the frogs took control early and hung on to keep a late push EMS at the bay. For a full recap of the game, check out our article here.

Iowa State (3-1, 0-1) vs. #17 Baylor (3-1, 1-0)

Baylor wins 31-24

Baylor entered Ames as a 2.5-point underdog but came away with a solid road win. The first half was a back-and-forth affair, and the Bears took a 17-14 locker room lead at halftime. At the start of the 4e, Baylor had a 31-14 lead. Iowa State would score ten in the 4e, but it was not enough. Baylor Quarterback Blake Shapen threw 19-26 for 238 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. For Cyclones, Hunter Dekkers threw 23-36 for 284 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Kansas (4-0, 1-0) vs. Duke (3-1)

Kansas wins 35-27

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The Kansas Jayhawks are just two games away from bowling eligibility. Let that soak in for a moment. For the first time all season, they failed to score at least 48 points. But it was still enough for the victory. The Jayhawks are 4-0 for the first time since 2009. Quarterback Milestone Daniels threw 19-23 for 324 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran the ball 11 times for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0) vs. #22 Texas (2-2, 0-1)

Texas Tech wins 37-34 OT

Just like they did in 2008, Lubbock fans went wild and stormed the court in another upset win over Texas. This may have been the last time the Longhorns played in Lubbock, at least for the foreseeable future. Texas is about to leave the conference and Tech wanted to give them a leaving gift to remember. The last minute of regulation and extra time was where the drama was. Texas had a 10-point halftime lead and led 31-17 at the end of the third quarter. Tech managed to tie the game 31-31 with just over eight minutes remaining. With 0:25 remaining, Trey Wolf threw a 45-yard field goal in what appeared to be the game-winner for Tech. But Texas wasn’t finished, and with 0:06 remaining, Bert Auburn kicked a Texas field goal to send the game into overtime. In first possession of overtime, the Texan running back Bijan Robinson, who never fumbles, did just that. Tech recovered. All they had to do was score the basket, and Wolff did, giving Tech the win.

#6 Oklahoma (3-1, 0-1) vs. Kansas State (3-1, 1-0)

Kansas State wins 41-34

Yo, Adrian! Adrian Martinez, This is. The Nebraska transfer returned to Norman with his new team and made a winning statement. Sure, he threw 21-34 for 234 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. But more importantly, he ran the ball 21 times for 148 yards AND four rushing touchdowns. For the third time in the past four seasons, Kansas State has beaten Oklahoma. Talk about having someone’s number. Or in another state, since 2012, Oklahoma has lost just nine games at home, four of them against Kansas State. We’ve been saying all season that KSU could be the championship’s dark horse this season. Last night’s victory put the league on notice. Martinez has found the right place to play. Be careful. This guy can run.

Top 25 best games:

#1 Georgia (4-0) vs. Kent State (1-3)

Georgia wins 39-22

#5 Clemson (4-0) at #21 Wake Forest (3-)

Clemson wins 51-45 2OT

#10 Arkansas (3-1) at #23 Texas A&M (3-1)

Texas A&M wins 23-21 (game played at AT&T Stadium, Arlington)

#11 Tennessee (4-0) vs. #20 Florida (2-2)

Tennessee wins 38-33

#25 Miami (FL) (2-2) vs. Middle Tennessee State

MTSU wins 45-31

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