Big 12 football: Texas had its hands full with OSU; Now, Longhorns tackle West Virginia

Texas coach Mack Brown said Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith is complemented by “three of the best receivers I've ever seen.”
by Gina Mizell Published: October 1, 2012
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photo - West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey (3) carries the ball after a catch during their NCAA college football game against Baylor in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)   ORG XMIT: WVCJ114
West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey (3) carries the ball after a catch during their NCAA college football game against Baylor in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson) ORG XMIT: WVCJ114

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen called the Mountaineers' pass defense “atrocious,” but the run defense “really good” in their wild 70-63 victory over Baylor on Saturday afternoon.

But what kind of day was it for Joe DeForest, the former OSU associate head coach who is now the defensive coordinator at WVU?

“He felt worse than anybody,” Holgorsen said. “He didn't have a very good day. I didn't have a very good day, either. … You go back and you study what happened defensively, I felt a lot better about it Sunday than I did Saturday night, just to know that we played pretty good defense probably 75 percent of the time.

“When you just let receivers get open and make plays and bust a coverage with a couple of freshmen and they get chunks of yardage … it's just obviously disheartening.”

CHARLIE WEIS WANTS RIVALRY FOCUS TO TURN TO KANSAS-KANSAS STATE

When Charlie Weis arrived as the new head coach at Kansas, all he heard about was the Jayhawks' rivalry with Missouri.

But with Mizzou now in the SEC, Weis wants to see that focus shift to in-state foe Kansas State. The Jayhawks and Wildcats square off in Manhattan at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“The last three years, they've laid a pretty good whoppin' on us,” Weis said. “And I think that now that Missouri is no longer a competitor and they're now playing the Southeastern Conference, I think that Kansas has to focus in on having that same fire and intensity towards the in-state rivalry that K-State does. I think that's the direction we're heading.”

K-State has won three straight in the series by a combined score of 135-38, but coach Bill Snyder said he doesn't anticipate any trouble getting this year's team motivated for the game.

“It means an awful lot to them, on both sides,” Snyder said. “We have an awful lot of youngsters from the state of Kansas in the program, and that carries some additional meaning for them.”

HOW GOOD IS TCU? ‘DEPENDS ON THE DAY,' SAYS GARY PATTERSON

TCU is 4-0 and ranked 15th in The Associated Press poll as it heads into its second Big 12 game against Iowa State.

But after Saturday's close 24-16 victory over SMU, how good does coach Gary Patterson think his football team is?

“Just depends on the day,” Patterson said. “To be a good football team, you just got to be a point better than everybody else the day that you play them. I think that's the key.

“Is the defense as good as the 2008 defense? No. Has the offense played as well as the Rose Bowl offense (from 2010)? No. But the key to it is, on the games that you have to, we've been better.”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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