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

By Erik Horne Published: September 1, 2014
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The first week of college football was an injury-filled one for Big 12 teams.

The biggest news came out of Austin, where Texas coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback David Ash will miss the Longhorns’ game against BYU this week due to a concussion. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will get his first start at quarterback.

Ash played in just three games last season due to concussions. Strong said that Ash’s family and medical staff will need to consider if he’ll continue playing.

It gets worse, as starting center Dominic Espinosa — UT's most experienced lineman — suffered a broken ankle and will miss the rest of the season. It’s even worse news for UT considering the slate of games the Longhorns have coming up: BYU, No. 7 UCLA, a brief reprieve against Kansas, then No. 10 Baylor and No. 4 Oklahoma.

“Adversity is going to hit. The challenge of this football team is how well we hit back,” Strong said Monday. “We have a football team. We have guys on scholarship. Other guys have to step up. You just have to go play well.

“It's not the end of the world here.”

Ash guided UT to a 38-7 win over North Texas in the Longhorns’ season opener on Saturday, passing for 190 yards and a touchdown. Swoopes did not attempt a pass against North Texas, and has thrown just 13 passes in his brief career.

IOWA STATE LOSES BUNDAGE FOR SEASON

Iowa State’s injury list is just as concerning for the Cyclones’ chances of staying competitive in the Big 12 this season.

The Cyclones found out Monday that receiver Quenton Bundage will miss the rest of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. The redshirt junior, who led ISU in catches (48), receiving yards (676) and touchdown receptions (nine) in 2013, injured himself on the Cyclones’ first offensive drive of their 34-14 loss to North Dakota State on Saturday.

ISU coach Paul Rhoads said center Tom Farniok stands a good chance of playing this week against Kansas State. Farniok left the game with a knee injury one drive after Bundage went down.

North Dakota State took down a Big 12 opponent in its opener for the second consecutive season. In Week 2, Iowa State gets the Big 12 team NDSU beat last season – Kansas State.

"It's the challenge of facing a Big 12 opponent, the challenge of facing a top 20 team,” Rhoads said. “All 12 games are hard. All 12 games count toward the postseason, which is our goal.”

BAYLOR’S PETTY ‘DAY-TO-DAY’

Baylor coach Art Briles said quarterback Bryce Petty (back) is day-to-day after exiting early in the Bears’ season opener against SMU on Sunday.

Petty didn’t return after halftime, and reports from multiple reports Monday said the Heisman candidate suffered two cracks in the transfer processes of his back.

With Petty out, Briles went to redshirt sophomore Seth Russell in the second half of the 45-0 win.

“It was just OK for him,” Briles said of Russell’s performance. “He can do a lot better, he can be a lot more urgent with his demeanor and handling of the football. He’s a guy that can spark and make plays for you.”

Briles also said that All-American receiver Antwan Goodley is day-to-day with a quad injury he re-aggravated early in the game. Goodley did not record a reception against SMU.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Oklahoma State and West Virginia lost by a combined 16 points to Florida State and Alabama, the respective Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the country.

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