In the biggest nonconference game the Big 12 has this season, Oklahoma hosts Ohio State. How will the Sooners and the Big 12 fare in week 3?
Baylor 52, Rice 21 – The Bears cruise to an easy road win with a balanced attack on offense. Seth Russell throws for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Shock Linwood becomes Baylor’s all time rushing leader on his first carry of the night. Friday night lights in Houston gain some more fireworks thanks to the Waco boys.
Memphis 34, Kansas 23 – The Jayhawks get off to a poor start on the road, and they never recover as the Tigers force a turnover in each quarter. Ryan Willis throws 3 interceptions in a game that feels all too familiar for folks back in Lawrence.
TCU 38, Iowa State 16 – In the first conference matchup of the season, TCU takes care of business. Kenny Hill rushes for a career high, as well as tossing 3 scores. The Cyclones can only get into the endzone once.
Kansas State 37, Florida Atlantic 13 – The Wildcats run the ball early and often, setting the tone for a one-sided game. Bill Snyder gets his first win of the season, and the K-State faithful get something to cheer about after a quiet first two weeks.
Oklahoma State 34, Pittsburg 28 – Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys come from behind in a close game to get a pleasing nonconference win. Oklahoma State, down by 10 at halftime, roars back to life with Rudolph leading the way. The game stays close until the very end, and Oklahoma State’s offense chews up the last five minutes with a methodical run strategy.
Texas Tech 51, Louisiana Tech 28 – For the third consecutive game, Patrick Mahomes powers the Red Raiders to a high scoring win. With 300 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, he moves himself up in the Heisman discussion early in the season.
Oklahoma 38, Ohio State 37 – In what is arguably the most anticipated game in college football in 2016, every aspect of it lives up to the hype. J.T. Barrett and Baker Mayfield make several impressive plays, but in the end it is Mayfield who delivers once again in the clutch. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes just don’t have enough left in the tank to get the win, as the number of players who headed to the NFL early can be painfully felt. The two blue blood programs play a game to remember, an early favorite for game of the year.
Texas 41, California 34 – The Longhorns get revenge, taking down Cal in Berkeley. Shane Buechele throws four touchdowns in an eye-pleasing duel with former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb. Malik Jefferson picks off a slant pass late in the game to seal the win for Texas.
Week 3 Standings:
- TCU — 3-0 (1-0)
- Baylor — 3-0
- Oklahoma — 3-0
- Oklahoma State — 3-0
- Texas Tech — 3-0
- West Virginia — 2-0
- Kansas — 2-1
- Texas — 2-1
- Kansas State — 1-1
- Iowa State — 1-2 (0-1)