Seven of the 10 teams in the Big 12 started the season on the right foot with wins last weekend. Arguably the biggest story line from the conference was Texas’ loss at home to Maryland, and that’s where we start this week’s Big 12 Notebook.
Longhorn Defense Anything but Perfect
After Tom Herman said in his Monday press conference that he thought his players tried to play “perfect” in their loss Saturday, almost every available player was asked about that Tuesday during Longhorn player availability.
Although some players denied that the team tried to play perfect, others agreed with the head coach.
“Definitely, it was more a sense of trying to be perfect, trying to be 100 percent on each and every play,” said linebacker Naashon Hughes.
Others agreed that during film review earlier this week, there were plenty of things that stood out.
“We didn’t look like (a) team,” said PJ Locke III. “Just didn’t look confidant, didn’t go full speed, kind of overthinking basically.”
Texas’ defense surrendered 263 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground to the Terps. One positive was that the Longhorns limited Maryland to just 3 of 11 on third downs.
Baylor loses RB for next month
Sophomore running back JaMycal Hasty is expected to miss a “minimum of four weeks” with a straight right knee. Hasty carried 11 times for 56 yards before sustaining the injury in Baylor’s 48-45 loss to Liberty, which was playing in its first game at the FBS level.
New QBs shine in Week 1
Many wondered what the status of the Texas Tech offense would be in the first season after Patrick Mahomes.
Early indications show that not much has changed.
In his first career start, Nic Shimonek completed each of his first 14 passes and ended the day with 384 passing yards in TTU’s 56-10 rout of Eastern Washington.
Kansas and West Virginia also saw good things out of their new QBs.
Jayhawk passer Peyton Bender completed 23 of 37 attempts for 364 yards and four scores in the Kansas win.
Will Grier, named Big 12 Player of the Week, was asked to throw the ball 53 times, completing 31 of those throws for 371 yards and three trips to the end zone. He also showed the ability to extend plays with his feet.
Bender’s showing is especially exciting for Jayhawk fans because of this:
Kansas football hasn't produced a 2,000-yard passer since Todd Reesing in 2009. That's astonishing, but Peyton Bender will do it.
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) September 5, 2017