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Big 12 football: Kansas State-West Virginia game highlights this week's league schedule

West Virginia suffered a 49-14 loss to Texas Tech — can the Mountaineers rebound against a tough K-State team?
by Michael Baldwin Published: October 15, 2012
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photo - Kansas State's John Hubert (33) scores a touchdown in front of Oklahoma's Demontre Hurst (6) as Kansas State's Keenan Taylor (79) watches during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Saturday, September 22, 2012. Oklahoma lost 24-19. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Kansas State's John Hubert (33) scores a touchdown in front of Oklahoma's Demontre Hurst (6) as Kansas State's Keenan Taylor (79) watches during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Saturday, September 22, 2012. Oklahoma lost 24-19. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

After looking at film, were the Mountaineers predictable?

“I think it's predictable of every offensive tackle in the country on various plays,” Holgorsen said, declining to elaborate.

BOYKIN GIVES TCU A SPARK

A week after having only one day to learn the game plan as an emergency fill-in starter, TCU redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns. He ran for 56 yards in a 49-21 win over Baylor in Waco, Texas.

“He made some mistakes (in his debut against Iowa State), but we had 450 yards of offense,” said TCU coach Gary Patterson. “Having four days to prepare (was beneficial). It also gave us some peace as a football team, not so many distractions. I don't think people give that enough credit.”

IOWA STATE IN BCS RANKINGS

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads announced to his team after Sunday's practice that the Cyclones were ranked No. 24 in the initial BCS rankings.

“It was great for our morale,” Rhoads said. “This was a hard loss (to Kansas State), a painful loss, a physical game. To be greeted by that as we came off the practice field helped affirm what we know — we're a good football team.

“I doubt anyone outside our walls would have picked us to be 4-2 right now. It's a good feeling. But we have six weeks of Big 12 football ahead of us. That's the toughest football in the country. Our kids and our staff know our nose has to stay to the grindstone if we're going to be effective in the second half.”

LONGHORNS TRY TO REGROUP

Texas coach Mack Brown told players not to go on Twitter or Facebook because of inevitable negative comments, adding the Longhorns “got out-coached and outplayed in every fashion” in a 63-21 loss to Oklahoma.

“It was a setback,” Brown said. “We feel we've made progress and are a better team than we were at this time last year in a lot of ways, even though it didn't look like it Saturday. You have to take the negative and turn it into a positive and play harder and play better and play tougher.”

“We have a chance to win the rest of our games and still win 10 games so we're not quitting, we're not getting our head down or giving up. We're going back to work.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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