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Big 12 battered by injuries in Week 1

by Erik Horne Published: September 1, 2014

The first week of college football was an injury-filled one for Big 12 teams.

The biggest news came out of Austin, where coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback David Ash will miss the Longhorns’ game against BYU this week due to a concussion. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will get his first start at quarterback in Ash’s place.

Ash played in just three games last season due to concussions. Strong said that Ash’s family and medical staff will need to consider if he’ll continue playing.

It gets worse, as starting center Dominic Espinosa -- UT's most experienced lineman -- suffered a broken ankle and will reportedly miss the rest of the season. It’s even worse news for UT considering the slate of games the Longhorns have coming up – BYU, No. 7 UCLA, a brief reprieve against Kansas, then No. 10 Baylor and No. 4 Oklahoma.

“Adversity is going to hit. The challenge of this football team is how well we hit back,” Strong said Monday. “We have a football team. We have guys on scholarship. Other guys have to step up. You just have to go play well.

"It's not the end of the world here.”

Ash guided UT to a 38-7 win over North Texas in the Longhorns’ season opener on Saturday, passing for 190 yards and a touchdown. Swoopes did not play against North Texas, and has just 13 pass attempts in his brief career.

Iowa State loses WR Bundage for season
Iowa State’s injury list is just as concerning for the Cyclones’ chances of staying competitive in the Big 12 this season.

The Cyclones found out Monday that receiver Quenton Bundage will miss the rest of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. The redshirt junior, who led ISU in catches (48), receiving yards (676) and touchdown receptions (nine) in 2013, injured himself on the Cyclones’ first offensive drive of their 34-14 loss to North Dakota State on Saturday.

ISU coach Paul Rhoads said that center Tom Farniok stands a good chance of playing this week against Kansas State. Farniok left the game against NDSU with a knee injury, one drive after Bundage went down.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty “day-to-day” says Briles
Baylor coach Art Briles says quarterback Bryce Petty (back) is day-to-day after exiting early in the Bears’ season opener against SMU on Sunday.

Petty didn’t return after halftime, and reports from Monday said the Heisman candidate suffered two cracks in the transfer processes of his back.




With Petty out, Briles went to redshirt sophomore Seth Russell primarily in the second half of the 45-0 win.

“It was just OK for him,” Briles said of Russell’s performance. “He can do a lot better, he can be a lot more urgent with his demeanor and handling of the football. He’s a guy that can spark and make plays for you.”

Briles also said that All-American receiver Antwan Goodley is day-to-day with a quad injury he aggravated early in the game. Goodley did not record a reception.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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