Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Big XII Recap - Week 1

A look at how the Big XII fared in Week 1.

Kent State 23 (1-0), Iowa State 14 (0-1)
- The Gene Chizik era started off an a bad note, as the Cyclones were beaten at home by the Golden Flashes of Kent State. A disappointing performance by quarterback Brett Meyer and the Iowa State defense, as they gave up 363 yards. This season will be a long one, though Iowa State may be able to build on the 133 yards by Jamicah Bass on the ground.

Colorado 31 (1-0), Colorado State 28 (0-1) OT
- A big win for Dan Hawkins and the Buffaloes as they came back from a 28-17 deficit to send it into overtime and complete the victory over the rival Rams. Quarterback Cody Hawkins had a good game, throwing for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns, and only one interception. They were outgained by the Rams, but fought hard and got a big win to start the season and keep fan interest in the program, and show progress.

#20 Nebraska 52 (1-0), Nevada 10 (0-1)
- Nebraska dominated every aspect of their opener, gaining over 600 yards on offense and holding the Wolf Pack under 200 yards of offense. Sam Keller had a less than stellar debut, but the defense and Marlon Lucky were very impressive as Lucky ran for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Missouri 40 (1-0), Illinois 34 (0-1)
- Missouri won a shootout against the Fighting Zooks in their opener. The offense was everything as advertised as Chase Daniel threw for 359 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, the absence of a running game and giving up 435 yards to a mediocre Illinois team has to be worrisome to a team looking to compete for the Big XII North crown.

#22 TCU 27 (1-0), Baylor 0 (0-1)
- Baylor played TCU tough for three quarters before running out of gas and giving up the final 17 points of a 27-0 shutout loss. Despite gaining 282 yards against a stout TCU defense Baylor couldn't put points on the board. Four interceptions out of their quarterbacks was not the start Baylor wanted to get off to, and the 386 yards of offense surrendered makes you wonder if the Bears have improved from last season.

#13 Georgia 35 (1-0), Oklahoma State 14
- What was supposed to be the coming out party for the Oklahoma State offense turned into a disaster between the hedges for the Cowboys. They were held to 266 yards of offense and couldn't get anything going in the air or on the ground. They also gave up 376 yards of offense to a Georgia team not know for their offense. It should be a wake up call to Bobby Reid and company that they will need to bring it every week.

#8 Oklahoma 79 (1-0), North Texas 10 (0-1)
- An opener that dreams are made of as Sam Bradford threw for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns and freshman sensation DeMarco Murray ran for 87 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Sooners cruised against North Texas. A defensive unit that was supposed to be one of the best in the country was exactly that as they held the Mean Green to 15 yards rushing and had three interceptions.

#25 Texas A&M 38 (1-0), Montana State 7 (0-1)
- The Aggies opened their season with a solid win over Montana State. While they ran for 261 yards, the continued to lack the passing game they need to take them to the next level. Stephen McGee completed 50% of his passes for 121 yards. Just as disappointing as the pass offense was the pass defense that gave up 300 yards threw the air.

Kansas 52 (1-0), Central Michigan 7 (0-1)
- Kansas came out firing on all cylinders as quarterback Todd Reesing threw for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns, and Kansas had two running back gain over 100 yards each as the offense totaled 538 yards of offense. The defense wasn't spectacular, but was solid in giving up 294 yards of offense to the Chippewas.

#18 Auburn 23 (1-0), Kansas State 13 (0-1)
- Kansas State nearly pulled off the upset on the road, as they fell just short, giving up the go ahead touchdown with 2 minutes left in the game. This game was a lot closer then the final score as Auburn ran a fumble back with a minute left. Kansas State showed a lot of poise in leading for much of the third and fourth quarters. However, an ankle injury to quarterback Josh Freeman prevented the offense from getting a first down late in the game that would have allowed them to run out the clock. The running game was non-exsistent against a good Auburn defense, but the defense played well in a hostile environment.

Texas Tech 49 (1-0), SMU 9 (0-1)
- Texas Tech's offense picked up right where it left off last season as Graham Harrell through for 419 yards and 4 touchdowns, as the Red Raider offense amassed 554 yards on the day. Texas Tech will always throw the ball, but they have to be pleased with the performance by their defense, holding SMU to 266 yards of offense.

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