In nine games this season, only one team has kept Baylor under 40 points: Kansas State.
The Wildcats worked a relative miracle against the Bears in a 35-25 loss Oct. 12. Not only did they slow down Baylor's high-octane attack, but they kept the game within 10 points. No other team Baylor has faced has been within 29.
But K-State coach Bill Snyder said there's no real secret to his team's success against Baylor. Kansas State outrushed Baylor 327-114 in the loss.
“Part of it was the fact that offensively we ran the ball well,” said Snyder, who has Kansas State on a four-game winning streak since its loss to Baylor. “It was just a matter of trying to play sound; we didn't do anything out of the ordinary. More than anything else, (it was) being where we're supposed to be.
“We were truly focused on being able to defend well against the run. They run the ball awfully well. We felt it was very significant for us to defend reasonably well against the run.”
Snyder said Kansas State will face a similar challenge against Oklahoma and its deep group of running backs.
“They've got a stable of backs and run the ball extremely well,” Snyder said. “They really got some big plays in the running game.”
KANSAS ON THE BOARD WITH LONG-AWAITED BIG 12 WIN
Charlie Weis and Kansas snapped a 27-game Big 12 losing streak with a 31-19 win over West Virginia on Saturday.
Weis said at 1-6 in conference play he's keeping things in perspective, but he didn't dare downplay the significance of the win mentally.
“It was a big psychological lift for our players, for our program,” Weis said. “You learn a long time ago, you can't have too many emotional lows and highs in this business. After getting that out of the way, you're uplifted right along with everyone else.”
Kansas has another winnable game this weekend against Iowa State, which is winless in the Big 12 (0-7).
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said he's pleased with the Cyclones' development despite the injuries and youth. ISU has started eight different offensive lines in nine games.
“Nobody in America has done that,” Rhoads said. “They've improved as a unit. I think our defense has improved; I'm encouraged by the entire defense's progress.”
MACK BROWN NOT COUNTING OUT LONGHORNS
Texas suffered its first loss in conference play to OSU on Saturday, but still-on-the-hot-seat coach Mack Brown isn't counting the Longhorns out of the Big 12 race just yet.
The Longhorns are off this week before finishing the season with Texas Tech and Baylor.
“It's unique that we don't have a championship game, but anyone can beat anybody in this league,” Brown said. “I said earlier in the season, I did think that the champion will have a loss.”
That's where Texas stands, along with Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys have the tiebreaker advantage after throttling the Longhorns 38-13.
Brown said this year's team doesn't have the margin of error of previous teams he's had, particularly with season-ending injuries to key players such as running back Johnathan Gray and defensive tackle Chris Whaley. The margin of error is zero now with Baylor still unbeaten headed into Stillwater this weekend.
KINGSBURY, TEXAS TECH TRYING TO STOP SKID
Since vaulting to No. 10 in the nation, Texas Tech has dropped four straight. The luster has come off Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech jumped out to a fast start against Baylor last week, but it failed to stop the Bears' in the second half, getting outscored 28-7 in a 63-24 loss. Kingsbury, who's faced OSU and Baylor in a three-week stretch, says he's expecting a great game between the two teams this weekend.
“Both really good teams,” Kingsbury said. “I think (Clint) Chelf coming in for Oklahoma State has really steadied them. I was really impressed going up against both those teams.”
The Red Raiders have an off week to prepare for a Thanksgiving game against Texas in Austin. Kingsbury said the chance to beat Texas is a special opportunity.
“Any time you play an in-state school, there's some rivalry and they love to beat them when they get their chance,” he said.
BRILES ON STILLWATER: EACH YEAR IS DIFFERENT
Despite enjoying the best season in school history, Baylor coach Art Briles said he doesn't discuss the BCS landscape with his team.
He also hasn't given much thought to the Bears' lack of recent success in Stillwater. In their past two road games against Oklahoma State, Baylor is 0-2, outscored 114-52 in 2010 and 2011.
But those OSU teams were piloted by Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and Baylor has improved mightily on defense.
“I know we haven't won up there, so that's certainly something that stands out there,” Briles said. “Each year is different. We didn't get it done with Robert (Griffin III) there the last two years, so we'll try to get it done this year.”
OSU's Justin Gilbert took home Defensive Player of the Week honors, and OU's Jalen Saunders shared Special Teams Player of the Week honors with Kansas State kicker Jack Cantele. … Cantele hit a 41-yard game-winning field goal with 3 seconds remaining to beat TCU 33-31. Cantele was 4-for-4 for the day. … Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was named the conference's co-Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 335 yards and three touchdowns in a 63-34 win over Texas Tech. Petty shares the honor with Kansas running back James Sims, who rushed for a career-high 211 yards in Kansas' 31-19 win over West Virginia.
TEXAS TECH'S AMARO, BAYLOR'S GOODLEY NAMED BILETNIKOFF SEMIFINALISTS
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro and Baylor receiver Antwan Goodley were announced as two of the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the best receiver in college football.
Amaro is the Big 12 leader in receiving yards (1,157) and receptions (92). Goodley is second in the Big 12 in receiving yards (1,075) behind Amaro and leads the conference in touchdowns (11). Goodley is also second nationally in yards per reception (22.4).
The winner will be announced Dec. 12.
Here are some upcoming game times in Big 12 play, as announced by the conference on Monday (Times are subject to change).
Nov. 30: Kansas State at Kansas 11 a.m.; Iowa State at West Virginia, 3 p.m.; Dec. 7:
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (on ABC or FOX)