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Big 12 football notebook: Big 12 might not fill all of its bowl ties

Currently, there are only seven Big 12 teams that are bowl eligible — and two might get BCS bids.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 12, 2012
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Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has proved he'll pull out all stops in overtime.

In last week's win over Kansas, Tech's winning touchdown was a jump pass out of the wildcat formation. Against TCU, quarterback Seth Doege lined up at wide receiver in overtime.

“You can open it up more because you know it's your last shot,” Tuberville said. “You can pull out trick plays. And they've worked.

“I think you can do a lot more in overtime but there's a lot of pressure on illegal procedures and small mistakes you can't make in overtime that you can make on a regular drive.”

STILL A BIG GAME IN MORGANTOWN

During the summer, West Virginia fans labeled Oklahoma's Nov. 17 visit to Morgantown as the biggest home game in school history.

Now that the Mountaineers are out of the conference title race, what's been the reaction?

“People are still pretty excited about it,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “They've had it circled for quite a while. OU is such a storied program over the past 100 years, their tremendous history they've accomplished with championships. A lot of people want to come in and watch the game.”

JAYHAWKS STILL SEEK BIG 12 WIN

Kansas has lost 19 consecutive conference games. The Jayhawks, though, have been competitive in most games the past month.

KU lost in the final minute to Texas two weeks ago, played OSU close and last week lost in overtime at Texas Tech.

“The most positive thing is there wasn't a woe-is-me (attitude) on the sideline at any time in the game,” said KU coach Charlie Weis. “Normally, when a team gets in the habit of losing when something goes bad it can be, ‘Here we go again.' This was the first time I felt we didn't have that (mentality).

“We had that experience one other time in the Texas game when they scored with 12 seconds left. Really, the team is starting to get past waiting for something bad to happen, instead trying to make something good happen. ”

The Jayhawks last conference win?

A 52-45 shoot-out over Colorado two years ago.

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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