Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Big XII Recap: Week 2

#16 Nebraska (2-0) 20, Wake Forest (0-2) 17
-Nebraska faced their first test of the season on the road against Wake Forest. While they came out on top, Nebraska did not look good as Sam Keller continued to struggle as his second game as starter. The defense also struggled as they gave up 236 yards on the ground to Wake Forest. They will need to really improve running the ball, on defense, and need a big game from Sam Keller to have a chance to beat #1 USC this weekend in Lincoln.

#5 Oklahoma (2-0) 51, Miami, FL (1-1) 13
-Oklahoma absolutely destroyed their opponent for the second week in a row. However, this week looked much more impressive as they dismantled a very good Miami defense. Oklahoma was led by quarterback Sam Bradford as he threw for 200 yards and 5 touchdowns. The defense once again showed why they are one of the top units in the country as they held Miami to 139 total yards.

#23 Texas A&M (2-0) 47, Fresno State (1-1) 45, 3 OT
- Texas A&M won a thriller at home as they defeated Fresno State in triple overtime. Texas A&M avoided the upset as they racked up 318 yards on the ground, showing their powerful running attack, as Stephen McGee and Javorskie Lane both ran for 100 yards. The defense once again looked weak as they gave up 399 yards to Fresno State. Texas A&M will need to improve on defense and prove that they can beat teams through the air (79 yards passing) if they hope to be a contender in the Big XII.

Missouri (2-0) 38, Mississippi (1-1) 25
- For the second week in a row Missouri showed off their high powered offense led by quarterback Chase Daniel (330 yards and 5 touchdowns). They simply out scored Mississippi as they racked up 559 yards of offense. Their defense was nowhere near as effective as they gave up 534 yards to a Mississippi team that is not known for their offense. Missouri resembles Oklahoma State from a year ago.

Northern Iowa (2-0) 24, Iowa State (0-2) 13
- It is obvious Gene Chizik has his work cut out for him as Iowa State lost their second straight game at home. While the offense improved, gaining 399 yards, it was the four turnovers that doomed the Cyclones. The run defense will need to improve and Brett Meyer will have to do even more for this offense if they hope to have a chance to win some games this season.

Baylor (1-1) 42, Rice (0-2) 17
- Baylor came out throwing and didn't look back against the Owls. Showing off their spread offense they threw for 423 yards and 6 touchdowns against the Owls secondary. Led by quarterback Blake Szymanski, the Bears showed off an offense that looked very much like Texas Tech. However, they now stand at 1-1, beating inferior teams and struggling against good teams (TCU, 27-0 L), much like Texas Tech.

Kansas (2-0) 62, Southeastern Louisiana (0-2) 0
- Kansas played a weak opponent for the second week in a row and rolled over a weak opponent for the second week in a row. They racked up 501 yards and only gave up 75 against a weak Southeastern Louisiana team. It has yet to be seen whether their opponents are that bad, or whether Kansas, and their balanced offense and solid defense is looking to be a dark horse candidate in the always weak Big XII North.

Texas Tech (2-0) 45, UTEP (1-1) 31
- Texas Tech overcame a 21-7 deficit to outscore UTEP 28-3 in the second half. Graham Harrell led the way with 484 yards and 4 touchdowns as Texas Tech's defense looked susceptible, but was able to turn it around in the second half. If Texas Tech's defense can play at least decent, their offense will win them football games, as they did against UTEP.

Oklahoma State (1-1) 42, Florida Atlantic (1-1) 6
- Oklahoma State bounced back from their loss against Georgia and tried to get their offense back on track against Florida Atlantic. They displayed a balanced attack as they threw and ran for over 200 yards, on their way to over 450 yards of total offense. The defense played much better as they held Florida Atlantic to 203 total yards, but that was to be expected, since it was Florida Atlantic.

Kansas State (1-1) 34, San Jose State (0-2) 14
- Kansas State rebounded from a tough loss at Auburn and put together a solid win against San Jose State. They racked up 425 yards of offense as Josh Freeman threw for 272 yards. However, he still needs to improve in his decision making as he was intercepted twice. James Johnson had 100 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Arizona State (2-0) 33, Colorado (1-1) 14
- After an emotional win last week against Colorado State, Colorado came back down to earth as they were beaten handily by Arizona State, after jumping out to a 14-0 lead. Despite playing well in the 1st quarter, Rudy Carpenter threw for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Arizona State's defense shut down Colorado. Colorado problems started with their inability to establish their running game as they were held to 39 yards on the ground.

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