Starting for the third consecutive game last week, Texas quarterback Case McCoy had success going downfield against a TCU defense that has been one of the conference's best against the pass this season.
McCoy completed five passes of 20 or more yards, and three of those went for more than 40 yards.
“What we've tried to do is pound the power-running game and with Case it's much more important because he's not going to make plays with his feet other than scrambling,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “He's not an option guy. He's not a quarterback draw guy.
“Case is a guy that needs to throw it downfield. TCU plays great defense, but they're going to stack the box and they're going to play man and they're going to challenge you to go deep.”
McCoy has completed nine passes of 20 or more yards since taking over as the starter for the injured David Ash.
McCoy will start once again against Kansas as Ash recovers from a concussion.
KINGSBURY EXPECTS REBOUND
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury expects his team to bounce back well from Saturday's 38-30 loss to Oklahoma. It was the Red Raiders' first loss of the season.
“I expect them to be highly motivated,” Kingsbury said. “I think that this is a group that will have a short-term memory.
“Getting back here to Lubbock to play — it's going to be a night game, which are always fun here and it's going to be a great crowd. It's playing against a team that's pretty much embarrassed them the last two years to be honest, so I would expect them to be really motivated.”
Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma State, which has beaten the Red Raiders by a combined 125-27 the last two seasons.
HEAPS HAS EXPERIENCE VS. TEXAS
Although Jake Heaps is in his first season of playing for Kansas, he has experience facing Texas.
The Jayhawks play in Austin on Saturday.
As a sophomore in 2011, Heaps quarterbacked Brigham Young to a near-upset of the Longhorns on the road. Heaps threw for 192 yards and a touchdowns in Texas' 17-16 win over BYU.
Heaps transferred to Kansas after that season and sat our last year due to NCAA transfer rules.
Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis said Monday morning that he hadn't yet talked to Heaps about his previous experience against Texas.
“We're far away from that conversation,” Weis said. “That's a Monday-night conversation, that's not a Sunday, the day after the game conversation.”
SNYDER'S KEYS TO SLOWING BAYLOR
Kansas State has been about the only team this season to hold Baylor's offense down, giving up “only” 35 points to the Bears.
Baylor has scored 59 or more points in each of its other six wins.
Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said Monday that the key to their success was controlling the clock with a strong run game and good play up front defensively.
Kansas State ran for 327 yards and limited Baylor to 114 yards on the ground.
“I thought we played well with our front seven against the run game,” Snyder said. “I think that was first and foremost.
“It was probably the best game that we played with our front seven during the course of the year.”
WVU: ‘IT'S NOT WINNING OFFENSIVE FOOTBALL'
Dana Holgorsen's offenses have usually been among the top in the country, much less the conference.
But in West Virginia's second year in the Big 12, the Mountaineers are ninth in scoring offense in the league.
“It's been challenging,” Holgorsen said. “I've never dealt with it before, never dealt with this many guys that are new.”
More than halfway through the season, the Mountaineers are still adjusting to new players and coaches.
“I just want to continue to show improvement,” Holgorsen said. “Is it winning offensive football? No, it is not winning offensive football. It hasn't been all year. I take full responsibility for that.”
Texas coach Mack Brown on wanting to avoid delays after his Longhorns went through a three-hour delay in the second quarter of their Saturday game at TCU. Texas' game against BYU earlier this season was delayed as well:
“I would suggest that we all play indoors from now on after Saturday night.”
BY RYAN ABER