University of Tulsa
Tulsa 50 — Tulane 27
Homecoming in Tulsa did not disappoint for the Hurricane faithful. Tulsa (5–2, 2–1) erased any doubt of a hangover from the Houston heartbreak, and built a 38–7 lead by halftime.
James Flanders continued his case for being the best #2 back in the nation, rushing for a career-high 190 yards, on 22 carries. Senior quarterback, Dane Evans passed for 236 yards and three touchdowns, including an opening strike to Keevan Lucas from 11 yards out. Evans followed that with a 49 yard strike to Josh Atkinson and Tulsa never looked back.
Tulane (3–4, 0–3) is not known as a passing team, and the Hurricane defense did not allow that to change. Glen Cuiellette was 3–19 for only 37 yards in the air. Tulane did rush for 355 yards, but were unable to put the ball in the endzone enough to keep up with the Tulsa attack.
Receiver Josh Atkinson finished with a career-high 142 yards on 7 receptions. He now has three 100 yard games out of his last four, and looks to be settling in as the number two receiver, behind Keevan Lucas. If Atkinson can continue to get behind defenses, it will make this Hurricane offense dangerous in the coming games.
Oklahoma State 44 — Kansas 20
The Cowboys clung to a 17–13 halftime lead, allowing fans to assume this game could end in similar fashion to the last two times they visited Lawerence. The second half saw the defense force a few big turnovers and the Cowboys produce 17 points to capitalize with a comfortable road win.
Oklahoma State (5–2, 3–1) forced the running game on Kansas (1–6,0–4), finished with 230 yards on 46 attempts. Freshman, Justice Hill, continued his ever-improving play, going for a career-best 162 yards on 22 carries. Senior Chris Carson, returning from a hand injury, scored three times while averaging 7.4 yards/carry.
Kansas quarterback, Montell Cozart passed for 250 yards and one touchdown, but his two interceptions proved too much to overcome.
Senior placekicker Ben Grogan, scored 14 points (3/3 FG, 5/5 XP) to become the all-time leading scorer in Oklahoma State history. He passed Dan Bailey on his first field goal of the game.
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma 66 — Texas Tech 59
Things get weird, in Lubbock, after dark. Baker Mayfield tossed seven touchdown strikes and Joe Mixon became the first Sooner to rush for 200 yards and receive for 100, in a wild Big 12 matchup. Oklahoma (5–2, 4–0) raced out to a 13–0 lead, but from that point on, it was a ballgame. Texas Tech (3–4, 1–3) quarterback, Pat Mahomes passed for 734 yards, tying the NCAA record.
Dede Westbrook continued his tear on the outside, catching nine passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. In a game that set an NCAA record for most yards combined (1,708), defense on both sides of the ball was ruled helpless. Tech was able to get a couple of stops in the first half, but in the second, the Sooners only failed to score on one drive: when running out the clock to end the game.
We mentioned in our podcast that Joe Mixon would have a chance to shine, with Samaje Perine sidelined by injury, and he did not disappoint. 263 yards rushing and 114 yards receiving; adding five total touchdowns to boot. Sooner coach, Bob Stoops, had high praise for the sophomore, “I thought Joe Mixon just had a game for the ages. Just incredible.”