Big 12 notebook: From Ames to Waco, critical injuries across the conference

By Erik Horne Published: September 1, 2014
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Strong showing, indeed. What does OSU’s effort against Florida State and WVU’s against Alabama say about the strength of the Big 12 Conference this season?

Texas coach Charlie Strong: “It’s so hard to blow a team out. Those are two really good football teams. Oklahoma State and West Virginia, they’re well-coached. It says a lot about the strength of this conference and, honestly, the players.”

Kansas coach Charlie Weis: “I would have been surprised in an opener those two teams getting blown out. Mike (Gundy) and Dana (Holgorsen) did a really good job of getting their teams ready to go. I don’t think anyone that’s involved with the Big 12 finds that as a big surprise. We all know this is a loaded league, and you can’t underestimate any team in this league.”

OU coach Bob Stoops: “All these teams are better than people gave them credit for. It doesn’t surprise me. I’m very away that both those teams and many in this league are good football teams with a lot of good football players on them.”

OSU coach Mike Gundy: “Obviously I don’t see every game, but it looks like the Big 12 is going to be fairly strong this year. Not that it’s easy to identify how the teams will be just by seeing scores, but it looks like everybody played pretty well.”

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: “The teams at the top of the conference right now indicate what we all know – there’s good strength to our conference.”

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen: “I can’t speak for Mike Gundy, but I would imagine his answer would be similar. We’re disappointed we weren’t able to pull the game out. Both had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter and came up a little bit short. ... I’ve been a part of this conference for about 15 years and the health of the conference is as good as it ever has been. We have teams that can compete on a national level regardless of who we play. ... The skill in Big 12 is as good as any skill that exists in college football.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We did a poor job as a coaching staff. Great atmosphere, great student section; we just didn’t show up. I’m sure we’re leading the country in penalties. We won’t be a very good football team if that trend continues.” — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, none too happy with the Red Raiders’ performance in a 42-35 win over Central Arkansas.

EXTRA POINTS

Turner still suspended: Strong says senior safety Josh Turner remains suspended and will not play against BYU. Along with OL Desmond Harrison and WR Daje Johnson, the former Millwood standout missed the first game against North Texas due to violation of team rules. Harrison will return for BYU. … Lockett scores, sits: Tulsa Washington product Tyler Lockett only had one catch — a 9-yard touchdown reception — in Kansas State’s 55-16 win over Stephen F. Austin. After opening the scoring, Lockett — who said he was healthy — didn’t play much in the blowout. Snyder’s reason, per the Topeka Courier-Journal: “Because I didn't want him to.” Lockett’s reaction? “It was more of a coaching decision, and you've got to respect whatever happens.” Awards announced Tuesday: The Big 12’s Player of the Week awards on offense, defense and special teams will be announced Tuesday. The conference pushed back the announcement a day due to Baylor playing Sunday.