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Big 12 notes: Shootout fallout, chin-strap choke, Stillwater Justice

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This just in … breaking news … Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes each just threw another touchdown pass.

Well, as the fact checkers are well aware, that’s not true. It just appears that would be a believable announcement. About 36 hours after the scoreboard froze, Oklahoma’s 66-59 victory over Texas Tech was still a hot topic Monday morning in the Big 12.

Kansas coach David Beaty is preparing to play the Sooners Saturday, and he watched the game twice Sunday night.

“Watching the coaches’ cut, I could see at the end of the game both of those defenses were exhausted, they had nothing left in the tank,” he said. “It was fun to watch but I can imagine living in that was probably a nightmare.”

October 22, 2016: Oklahoma University running back Joe Mixon (25) pulls away for a touchdown during the Texas Tech University Red Raiders' 66-59 loss to the Oklahoma University Sooners in a Big 12 football game at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX. (Photo by Sam Grenadier/Icon Sportswire)

October 22, 2016: Oklahoma University running back Joe Mixon (25) pulls away for a touchdown during the Texas Tech University Red Raiders’ 66-59 loss to the Oklahoma University Sooners in a Big 12 football game at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX. (Photo by Sam Grenadier/Icon Sportswire)

It was over four hours of football entertainment to the impartial observer.

“It’s not a bit entertaining to coach in, you kiddin’ me?” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.

Stoops at least was entertained by winning. Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was incredulous when he looked at the numbers.

“I thought we threw it about 60 times, I didn’t realize we threw it 88 times until I stat sheet,” he said. “We were caught up in the moment and Patrick got hot and we just rode him.

“And I would second Bob’s sentiment.”

Talking to coaches on the Big 12 conference call a few weeks ago, some of them agreed that a three-and-out against the high-powered offenses is almost as good as a turnover. Oklahoma had Texas Tech in 25 third-down situations and the Red Raiders converted 20.

“We’re fourth in the league (in defense) and we don’t think we’ve been very good,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “Forcing three and outs is when we’ve been the best.”

No. 10 West Virginia is undefeated headed to Oklahoma State Saturday thanks in large part to a defense that has held Texas Tech and TCU to a combined 27 points. Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen has been involved in some memorable Big 12 shootouts – 70-63 versus Baylor and 50-49 versus Oklahoma in 2012.

“Yeah, and then next week after that Baylor game we went to Texas and won (48-45),” Holgorsen said. “Those are tough games to play in and tough to recover from.”

Choked by a chin strap

There was a bizarre and scary moment in the second half of West Virginia’s 34-10 victory over TCU. Horned Frogs defensive end Aaron Curry was choking because his chin strap was around his throat.

Teammates, West Virginia players and officials were all trying to unsnap the strap and were finally able to do so.

“His helmet got pulled down where the chin strap was choking him,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “There was a lot of great sportsmanship with everyone trying to help him.”

“I’ve seen players get hit in the Adam’s apple or the throat and have trouble breathing but I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone getting choked by his chin strap.

Justice is served at Oklahoma State

Prepare for more headline word plays like that one. Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill is establishing himself as the Cowboys’ best running back and one of the best in the Big 12.

Saturday in Oklahoma State’s 44-20 victory at Kansas, Hill had a career-high 162 yards. It was the fourth-best total by a Cowboys freshman running back and his third-consecutive 100-yard game, tying the school record for freshmen.

Hill is fifth in the Big 12 in rushing, the only freshman listed in the top 10. At 5-10, 170 pounds he might not be built for heavy duty use but none of his 22 carries against the Jayhawks resulted in negative yardage.

“He is exciting and can make guys miss,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “The difference between this year and last year is our ability to run the ball when (defenses are) protecting against the pass.”

Go routes

  • Kansas State is 31-for-32 scoring inside the red zone in 2016. The only miss was a fumble at the goal line Saturday against Texas. That ended a streak of 56 consecutive red zone possessions with a score dating back to last season.
  • Senior Ben Grogan broke Oklahoma State’s career scoring record in the second quarter with a 32-yard field goal. The previous record of 370 was set by Dan Bailey from 2007-10. Grogan also set the school record for career extra points with 203. He has 383 career points.
  • TCU has had a sack in 37 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in FBS (Ohio State has 41). While the Frogs’ streak of scoring at least 20 points ended at 36, they extended their scoring streak to 300 games; that’s fourth-best in NCAA history.
  • Kansas had five sacks of Mason Rudolph, the most sacks the Jayhawks have ever had in a game with the Cowboys. Defensive end Dorance Armstrong had one of the sacks and he has at least one sack in five consecutive games. KU is third in the Big 12 in sacks.
22 Oct 2016: Kansas recovers a fumble in the first quarter of a Big 12 matchup between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas Jayhawks at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, KS.  (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

22 Oct 2016: Kansas recovers a fumble in the first quarter of a Big 12 matchup between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas Jayhawks at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

  • Before Saturday’s 34-10 loss at West Virginia, TCU coach Gary Patterson had won 12 of his last 13 games following an open week.
  • Texas coach Charlie Strong has lost to nine unranked teams in his two-plus seasons. From 2007-13, former Longhorns coach Mack Brown had eight losses to unranked teams.
  • Texas Tech leads the FBS in passing offense with 510.8 yards per game. The No. 2 team in pass offense is Louisiana Tech at 383 yards per game. That’s a gap of 127.8. The biggest gap between first and second in passing yardage in the last 10 years happened in 2006 when Hawaii threw for 6,178 yards, far outdistancing the 4,803 passing yards gained by … Texas Tech.

Audibles

After an interception in the third quarter, Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns lateraled to defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who lateraled to defensive end Jarrell Owens for a 35-yard return. Cowboys coach Mike Gundy:

“We’ve become the lateral kings. I was OK with one. I vote for one lateral and then tuck it away and get what you can get.”

TCU coach Gary Patterson didn’t like the fact his team lost at West Virginia Saturday but he doesn’t mind the home field edge the Mountaineers have in Morgantown:

“You like going places where they truly do hate you. That’s my kind of Saturday.”

Former Texas Tech and current Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield on the Red Raiders fans who chanted his first name preceded by a common obscenity during Saturday’s game:

“That’s exactly how I thought it was going to be. And I enjoyed it. It makes it fun. … They let you know that they don’t like you. And that’s how it is in every away game. They just do it a little better than a lot of people. Makes it enjoyable. Obviously the history made it more serious for them.”

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