Big 12 football notebook: OSU's dominant victory over Baylor caught some eyes

Big 12 coaches acted as if they'd seen this script before.
by Erik Horne Published: November 25, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Jhajuan Seales (81) catches a touchdown pass as Baylor's Joe Williams (22) defends in the fourth quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears (BU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Jhajuan Seales (81) catches a touchdown pass as Baylor's Joe Williams (22) defends in the fourth quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears (BU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma State's impressive performance against Baylor on Saturday raised some eyebrows nationally, but Big 12 coaches acted as if they'd seen this script before.

Texas coach Mack Brown said his staff watched the game but is solely focused on playing Texas Tech on Thanksgiving Day.

“I can honestly say I didn't think a lot about it before the game. I think they're both really good teams,” Brown said. “We were talking about the Big 12 championship probably too much before Oklahoma State.

“Oklahoma State's playing really well right now. We know Baylor has a great team, but we've got all of our focus on Texas Tech.”

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder did not watch the game, but he wasn't surprised by the outcome.

“In this conference, this day and age in college football, nothing should be a surprise to anybody,” Snyder said. “Going into it, I wouldn't have been able to say who's the clear cut winner.”

TCU coach Gary Patterson expanded on not only what OSU did well but what Baylor lacked.

“It's the same problem whether it's Baylor or any of us: you can't turn the ball over when you get down in the red zone,” Patterson said, commenting on Baylor's key fumble at the OSU 1-yard line in the first quarter.

The Horned Frogs get the unenviable task of facing Baylor this week in the revival of an old Southwest Conference rivalry.

“They still have a chance to win a conference title, so I expect to get their ‘A' game,” Patterson said.

IN-STATE RIVALRIES FIRE UP AGAIN

Kansas followed its first Big 12 win in 27 games with a 34-0 loss against Iowa State.

The Jayhawks now wrap up the Big 12 slate with an in-state rivalry game against Kansas State on Saturday. Kansas coach Charlie Weis said it won't be tough for the Jayhawks to get motivated for this game.

“How tough is it to get up when you're playing your in-state rival?” Weis said. “Saturday night and after the game, I ripped into them as bad as you can be ripped into. Sunday, we moved on to Kansas State. We've tried to put an even greater emphasis on the importance of this game.”

Kansas State has won the last four meetings, but Kansas leads the all-time series 64-41-5.

Entering their Thursday game, Texas and Texas Tech are each coming off losses — in the Red Raiders' case four consecutive defeats.

“I think we've played really good teams in the month of November, and they've beat us,” said Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingbury. “And that's something we need to improve with our team: when we play high-quality teams, we have to have better showings.”

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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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