Road teams got back on the winning track in Big 12 football action over the weekend. The visiting team triumphed in two of the four games, with No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State completely destroying Texas Tech in Lubbock and Baylor eking out a one-point overtime win over Kansas on the Jayhawks' home turf.
Only once before in Big 12 history have two Big 12 teams gone to overtime in the same weekend. In addition to Baylor's improbable come-from-behind win over Kansas, Kansas State and Texas A&M went four overtime sessions before the 13th-ranked Wildcats were able to put away A&M by a count of 53-50. No team in the Big 12 era had previously gone more than three overtimes to determine a winner.
The two overtime games this past weekend upped the conference total of games requiring overtime periods to three for the season. That equals the most ever in a Big 12 season. There were three overtime games in the 2006 season.
Missouri helped make up for the disappointing year the Tigers have been having overall with a solid 17-5 win over the Texas Longhorns, the lowest point by a Mack Brown team since 2004. The Horns came into the game with Mizzou averaging 31 points a game.
Baylor trailed Kansas by three touchdowns beginning the fourth quarter. The 21-point comeback by the Bears in the final stanza represented a school record. Eighteen points was the largest deficit Baylor had ever overcome previously. The loss was Kansas' seventh straight defeat since opening the season with two nonconference wins.
Here's what else we learned from Big 12 play on Saturday:
- Oklahoma State's resounding 60-point win over Texas Tech on Saturday was the Cowboys' 10th victory of the season, giving OSU a 10-0 record for the first time in program history. Quarterback Brandon Weeden & Co. now has just two more wins to go to secure a spot in the BCS National Championship game. The only real danger OSU has of living its dream is the season finale against Bedlam rival Oklahoma, which should be one of the college season's games of the year.
- A loss is a loss, but truth be told, Kansas is beginning to play better football in the latter stages of the season. The Jayhawks battled Iowa State to the wire a week ago away from home before losing by a field goal, and they were up 24-3 heading into the fourth quarter at home against Baylor on Saturday before squandering the lead, sending the game to overtime, where KU fell a point short. Unfortunately, it may be too little, too late for KU head coach Turner Gill to keep his job.
- Iowa State (5-4 for the year) is one win shy of becoming bowl eligible. The chances of the Cyclones getting that one win, however, do not look very good. All the Cyclones need to do is beat either Oklahoma State, Oklahoma or Kansas State, the top three teams in the conference, in their final three games of the season. The games with OU and K-State are on the road.
- As long as Missouri can get to halftime with the lead, the Tigers have shown excellent success this season in finishing out the ball game and placing a "W" in the win column. Mizzou is 3-1 this season when it leads at intermission.
- Kansas State's four-overtime win over Texas A&M on Saturday was the longest game in Big 12 history and only the second time in KSU history that the Wildcats have played in a game extended beyond regulation. The previous time was in the 1998 Big 12 Championship, also against the Aggies. Kansas State came out on the short end of that game, costing the Cats a chance to play for the national championship that year.
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