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Around the Big XII 10-21

Missouri 41 - Kansas State 21

K State had a chance to go up 14-3 after returning a Chase Daniel fumble for a TD on the first play from scrimmage, but were stopped on fourth and goal from the one.  Chase Daniel has already broken a Missouri record for TDs in a season, he threw 4 to 4 different receivers.  The Wildcats, on the other hand, relied on their running game.  Two K State running backs ran for more than 100 yards on the game.  Missouri bounces back from the A&M loss and K State sits at 4-4, just two wins from bowl eligibility.

Baylor 36 - Kansas 35

Enemy of the Nation, Shawn Bell, broke Baylor passing records and led Baylor to it's first homecoming win in 10 years and their first win after trailing by 18 in the fourth quarter since 1936.  That game was a 21-18 win over Texas.  After that game Texas fired it's head coach.  Look out Mangino.  They'd be dancing in Waco know.  Kansas tailback Jon Cornish ran for almost 200 yards as Kansas built what looked to be an insurmountable lead and then squandered it for the second week in a row.  In his normal post-game interview at Denny's coach Mangio was asked if it was another BCS conspiracy.  "No," he said resignedly, "we're just bad, in fact we suck."  Mangino could not comment further as a dozen waiters entered bearing two recently slaughtered pigs, a meal Mangino reportedly calls "A real grand slam."

Texas Tech 42 - Iowa State 26

14 Tech penalties and two muffed punts made this game look closer than it was.  Graham Harrell bounced back from throwing 5 INTs in losses to Missouri and Colorado by going 31-40 for 368 yards and a career-high six TDs.  The 'Clones, whom many thought would challenge for a first ever Big XII North Title this year, have slipped to 3-5 (0-4 Big XII) and now have to win 3 of their last 4 to go to a bowl.  Texas Tech seems to have rebounded somewhat.  Mike Leach says that they "focused on bringing the team together," and it seems to have worked.  Mike's pirates can look forward next week to a home game against the Texas Longhorns that will be televised on TBS, all the elements are there for an upset (home game, favorite coming off a tough win, TBS).  I hope the Horns are ready for the Raiders.

Texas A&M 34 - Oklahoma State 33

Blocked extra points and half-back passes sound familiar?  The Aggies pulled out an overtime win by blocking an extra point.  In a back and forth game that saw Big XII passing efficiency leader Bobby Reid go down in the Second quarter, the Aggies prevailed with balance (192 in the air, 231 on the ground).  Donovan Woods, whom we all remember as the guy in the air on Vince's 80 yarder last year, demonstrated how to properly defend a half-back pass by intercepting Pierre Brown's pass from the OSU 3.  Fun fact, time of possession in regulation was completely equal, both teams held the ball for exactly thirty minutes.

Oklahoma 24 - Colorado 3

A good place to start for post-Peterson OU.  The Sooners took down the no longer winless, but still pretty bad Buffaloes.  Allen Patrick rushed for 110 yards and a TD on a career-high 35 carries, more than Adrian Peterson had in any game this year.  Figure that one out.  We'll know more about the Sooners in the next two weeks when they visit Missouri and Texas A&M.

Bowl Eligible Teams

Texas (7-1, 4-0), Texas A&M (7-1, 3-1), Missouri (7-1, 3-1), Nebraska (6-2, 3-1)

Teams that can't make a bowl

Colorado (1-7, 1-3)