Big 12 Roundup & Recap: Okie State and K-State Get Bowl Eligible

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Four teams are now bowl eligible, two more on the brink.

#22 Kansas State Wildcats (6-2, 3-2) 38, Kansas Jayhawks (3-6, 1-5) 10

K-State jumped out to an early lead, forcing a three-and-out on KU’s opening drive before churning out a 10-play drive which ate just under six minutes. Skylar Thompson capped the drive on a one-yard bootleg for a touchdown. KU responded with a 34-yard field goal by Liam Jones before the Cats took another ten plays to score, finishing with a 9-yard run by Harry Trotter.

A crushing defense and an effective offense overcame a plague of penalties as Kansas State cruised to an easy 38-10 win over arch-rival Kansas today at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, in the process securing bowl eligibility for Chris Klieman in his first season at the helm.

For the first time in years, there was buzz going into a Kansas football game, as KU hoped to extend a recent stretch of good play against in-state rivals Kansas State. Unfortunately, the game itself didn’t match the excitement. After a KU 3 and out, K-State took their first drive the length of the field to score, though KU answered with a field goal to make it 7-3. Once again, there was little resistance from the Jayhawks as K-State made it 14-3 early in the second.

At halftime, Kansas had been thoroughly dominated, gaining 74 yards to KSU’s 244, and picking up four first downs to KSU’s 13.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-3, 3-3) 34, TCU Horned Frogs (4-4, 2-3) 27

Chuba Hubbard ran for 223 yards and two touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State to a 34-27 win over TCU on Saturday for the Cowboys to become bowl eligible for the 14th straight season.

Hubabrd, the nation’s leading rusher, picked up the pace in the second half with 192 yards with 92 on a blazing touchdown run for OSU (6-3, 3-3 Big 12). It was Hubbard’s fourth 200-yard game of the season.

Chuba Hubbard is too good, too talented, too productive to be held down for too long. So, when he broke free for a 92 yard run up the gut, untouched, to the house, early in the third quarter, TCU fans couldn’t do much more than throw their hands up in both disgust and resignation.

It seemed like the tide had turned. And after TCU took a bad penalty on the ensuing kick return, followed that up with a dropped pass on second down, and capped the “drive” with a very freshman-like interception on third and long from the arm of Max Duggan — who was near taking a safety — well, that about put the nail in the coffin of the Frogs’ Saturday in Stillwater.

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