AUSTIN — Facing a big early deficit on the road at Texas, Oklahoma State leaned on the two things that had kept the Cowboys undefeated so far: defense and a punishing run game that could grind out the final quarter.
DALLAS — Kennedy Brooks took the final snap for sixth-ranked Oklahoma, after freshman quarterback Caleb Williams had taken over when Spencer Rattler was again benched in the Red River rivalry game.
Brooks ran for 217 yards and two go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a direct snap for a 33-yard game-winner with 3 seconds left, and the Sooners beat No. 21 Texas 55-48 on Saturday in the highest-scoring game of 117 meetings in a series that will soon move to the Southeastern Conference.
WACO — Gerry Bohanon saw something in his Baylor teammates during the week with the offense coming off a poor showing that knocked the Bears out of the top 25.
FORT WORTH — Bijan Robinson ran six consecutive times to open the final game-clinching drive for Texas, including a first down on a hard third-down run after TCU had called its last timeout. He then added 13 more yards before Casey Thompson got to kneel down on the last three snaps.
FORT WORTH — Tanner Mordecai added to his nation-leading total in touchdown passes with four more and SMU overcame his three interceptions in a 42-34 victory over TCU on Saturday in the 100th meeting of the Dallas-Fort Worth rivals.
Dave Aranda became Baylor’s football coach about 19 months ago knowing that NCAA penalties were coming for a scandal that embroiled the program long before he arrived.
WACO — The NCAA said Wednesday that its long investigation of the Baylor sexual assault scandal resulted in nothing more than probation and other relatively minor sanctions because the egregious, “unacceptable” behavior at the heart of the case did not violate its rules.
Southeastern Conference university presidents voted Thursday to invite Texas and Oklahoma to the league and create a 16-team powerhouse on the field and at the bank.
Former Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez lived through the tidal wave of conference realignment that swept over college sports in the early 2010s, watching the Big Ten grow to 14 teams from the Midwest to the East Coast.
ARLINGTON — Texas fans want more than top 10 rankings and bowl victories. They would like the team to win some Big 12 titles and be in contention for national championships.
ARLINGTON — The Big 12 Conference would certainly benefit from an expanded College Football Playoff and likely never be left out again.