2009 CFN Big 12 Week 4 Roundup

Posted Sep 26, 2009

Big 12 2009 Week Four Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings

2009 Big 12 ... Week 4

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  Conf. Overall
Kansas 0 0 4 0
Missouri 0 0 4 0
Iowa St 0 0 3 1
Nebraska 0 0 3 1
Colorado 0 0 1 2
Kansas St 0 0 2 2
  Conf. Overall
Texas 1 0 4 0
Texas A&M 0 0 3 0
Ok State 0 0 3 1
Baylor 0 0 2 1
Oklahoma 0 0 2 1
Tex Tech 0 1 2 2
Players of the Week
9/26 Jerrod Johnson, QB A&M
9/19 Jordan Shipley, WR Tex
9/13 Taylor Potts, QB TT
9/5 Blaine Gabbert, QB Mis.

Games of the Week
9/26 Hous. 29, TTech 28
9/19 Tex 34, TTech 24
9/13, Miss 27, BGSU 20
9/5 BYU 14, Oklahoma 13

Missouri 31
at Nevada 21
Missouri & Gabbert roll through the air 

CFN Prediction: Missouri 37-20 ... Line: Missouri -7

at Baylor 68
Northwestern State 13
Baylor loses Griffin for the year in easy win 

CFN Prediction: Baylor 45-9 ... Line: No Line

at Iowa State 31
Army 10
Iowa State gets a big day from Alexander 

CFN Prediction: Army 23-20 ... Line: Iowa State -9.5

at Kansas 35
Southern Miss 28
Kansas struggles to put away Southern Miss 

CFN Prediction: Kansas 41-24 ... Line: Kansas -13.5

at Kansas State 49
Tennessee Tech 7
Kansas St gets 2 returns for TDs from Banks 

CFN Prediction: Kansas State 48-6 ... Line: No Line

at Nebraska 55
Louisiana-Lafayette 0
Nebraska gets back on track in easy win 

CFN Prediction: Nebraska 38-10 ... Line: Nebraska -27

at Oklahoma State 56
Grambling State 6
Oklahoma State backups roll against Grambling 

CFN Prediction: Oklahoma State 52-17 ... Line: No Line

at Texas 64
Texas goes ballistic in win over UTEP 

CFN Prediction: Texas 51-13 ... Line: Texas -36

at Texas A&M 56
UAB 19
Texas A&M's Johnson accounts for 6 TDs 

CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 37-21 ... Line: Texas A&M -15

at Houston 29
Texas Tech 28
Texas Tech can't hang on in late loss to UH 

CFN Prediction: Texas Tech 42-38 ... Line: Houston -1

at Houston 29 … Texas Tech 28
Case Keenum ran for a four-yard score to cap off a 16-play, 95-yard drive in the final five minutes, and the Houston defense held on as a final Texas Tech Hail Mary was broken up. The two offenses combined for 1,063 yards of total offense, but Texas Tech was only able to managed a 24-yard touchdown catch from Tramain Swindall in the second half. It was still good enough to be up late as Houston didn't go for two points after a one-yard Bryce Beall run, and was down eight after the Swindall score, and only managed a 21-yard field goal on a deep third quarter drive. Baron Batch ran for two first half scores for the Red Raiders. .

Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson completed 23-of-29 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran 14 times for 61 yards and three scores in the win over UAB..


Baylor… at Baylor 68 ... Northwestern State 13 ... On the plus side, there's a game against Kent State to get the offense up to speed without the star. The loss of Robert Griffin for the year to a knee injury is devastating, but at least there's a little time to get Blake Szymanski more acclimated with the offense before dealing with road trips to Oklahoma and Iowa State. Griffin was the X factor who gave the Bears a puncher's chance against anyone, but now the offense will need to find other playmakers. Getting RB Jay Finley back is a start, but Szymanski will have to be efficient, and he has to stay healthy, for the Bears to have any hope of getting to a bowl game.

… Didn't Play This Week

Iowa State
… at Iowa State 31 ... Army 10 ... This was a more dangerous game than it might appear. Army has a quirky offense that stopped working when starting QB Trent Steelman got hurt, but the Cyclone offense did its part with the spread starting to produce nicely in the second half. Alexander Robinson and Austen Arnaud are handling the new spread well, and if they're playing at the high level they were at this week, they should be enough to get by Kansas State on the way to a 4-1 record before hosting Kansas. The defense got 13 tackles from Jesse Smith, 11 of them solo, as he's emerging as the star of the defensive front.

… at Kansas 35 ... Southern Miss 28 ...  This wasn't the prettiest performance, the offensive line struggled in pass protection and the defense gave up 331 passing yards, but Todd Reesing and Kerry Meier were excellent and the running of Toben Opurum gave the team some balance with Jake Sharp out. This was the team's first real test, and while they didn't pass with flying colors, they got the win over a good Conference USA team with two weeks off before kicking off Big 12 play against Iowa State.

Kansas State
… at Kansas State 49 ... Tennessee Tech 7 ... Kansas State needed a light scrimmage just to get everyone involved. The special teams were perfect, with tremendous blocking for Brandon Banks on his kickoff return for scores, while the passing game was sharp with Carson Coffman and Grant Gregory combining to completed 10-of-11 passes for 152 yards. Tennessee Tech didn't have a chance to get the offense going with KSU in the backfield for most of the afternoon. This is the game needed before the one Big 12 game that KSU has a real shot at winning: at Iowa State.

Missouri … Missouri 31 ... at Nevada 21 ... Gabbert is playing extremely well, but he's getting a ton of help from his receivers. Against Nevada, he was bailed out time and again by throwing it up and letting his receivers make plays, and the Tiger targets made things happen. It might be an overstatement to say that the 11-play, 97-yard drive in the late third, early fourth to put the game away will be looked at as a key point to the season, but it showed the maturity, the calm, and the effectiveness of the offense with all the new playmakers. With a week off, the team should be more than ready for Nebraska.
Nebraska … at Nebraska 55 ... Louisiana-Lafayette 0 ... Nebraska came back from the Virginia Tech loss without a problem. Zac Lee was nearly perfect, and the offense scored touchdowns after last week it could only generate field goals. The defense did its part by stopping the Ragin' Cajuns time and again and not letting the game ever be interesting. This was the bounceback needed before the showdown at Missouri next Thursday. The defense has been dominant this year outside of the one late drive by Virginia Tech, and now the Huskers are allowing just 28 points after four games. Mizzou will have to work to keep the Husker defensive front in check.

… Didn't Play This Week

Oklahoma State
… at Oklahoma State 56 ... Grambling State 6 ... The Cowboys have started to get rolling again, but don't let a game against Grambling fool you. The offense needs to have all the parts back, with Kendall Hunter and Dez Bryant needing to be back in the mix so everything can work again against Texas A&M. The loss to Houston was a few weeks ago, and the Big 12 season kicks in next week and OSU can still reach all its goals. Is the team jelling? It remains to be seen against someone with a pulse.

… at Texas 64 ... UTEP 7 ... Could Texas be more tuned up for the Big 12 season? After the tough battle with Texas Tech, everything worked in the dismantling of UTEP running for 304 yards while throwing for 335. There were three turnovers, including the pick-six thrown by Colt McCoy, but the defense held the Miners to nine yards rushing and forced five turnovers. Colorado will have to come up with something special to have any hope of making next week's game interesting.

Texas A&M
… at Texas A&M 56 ... UAB 19 ...The offense has been amazing, and Jerrod Johnson is playing as well as any quarterback in America. The Aggies lead the nation in total offense and are having a hard time being stopped, but they haven't played anyone with a pulse. That will hold true next week against a miserable Arkansas defense, and if the A&M D can play as well as it did against Joe Webb and UAB, and if it can continue to get to the quarterback on a regular basis, it'll earn a 4-0 start before the start of the Big 12 season against Oklahoma State.

Texas Tech
… at Houston 29 ... Texas Tech 28 ... Texas Tech didn't play poorly; Houston simply came up with the big plays when needed. The offense didn't keep things moving in the second half, and Taylor Potts misfired a bit too often, but this was a tough loss that the Red Raiders should be able to get over with a layup next week against New Mexico. This is still an emerging team that's going to need more seasoning, the offense should eventually get rolling over the second half of the year. Potts, looks like a keeper once he gets a little more work in. While he had problems with cramps late in the game, LB Brian Duncan had a big day making 15 tackles with two broken up passes. Cody Davis made 15 stops.

Thursday, Oct. 1
Colorado at West Virginia

Saturday, Oct. 3
Kent State at Baylor
Kansas State vs.
Iowa State (in KC)
Oklahoma at Miami
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Dallas)
New Mexico at Texas Tech

Thursday, Oct. 8
Nebraska at Missouri

Saturday, Oct. 10
Baylor at Oklahoma
Colorado at Texas
Iowa State at Kansas

Kansas State at Texas Tech

Oklahoma State at Texas A&M

Saturday, Oct. 17
Baylor at Iowa State
Kansas at Colorado
Texas A&M at Kansas State
Missouri at Oklahoma State
Texas Tech at Nebraska
Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)

Saturday, Oct. 24
Oklahoma State at Baylor
Colorado at Kansas State
Iowa State at Nebraska
Oklahoma at Kansas
Texas at Missouri
Texas A&M at Texas Tech

Saturday, Oct. 31
Nebraska at Baylor
Missouri at Colorado
Iowa State at Texas A&M
Kansas at Texas Tech
Kansas State at Oklahoma
Texas at Oklahoma State

Saturday, Nov. 7
Baylor at Missouri
Texas A&M at Colorado
Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Kansas at Kansas State
Oklahoma at Nebraska
UCF at Texas

Saturday, Nov. 14
Texas at Baylor
Colorado at Iowa State
Nebraska at Kansas
Missouri at Kansas State
Texas A&M at Oklahoma
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

Thursday, Nov. 19
Colorado at Oklahoma State

Saturday, Nov. 21
Baylor at Texas A&M
Iowa State at Missouri
Kansas at Texas
Kansas State at Nebraska
Oklahoma at Texas Tech

Thursday, Nov. 26
Texas at Texas A&M

Friday, Nov. 27
Nebraska at Colorado
Saturday, Nov. 28
Texas Tech at Baylor

Kansas vs. Missouri (in KC)
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

Saturday, Dec. 5
Big 12 Championship Game