Desmond Roland rushes for 219 yards, 4 TDs for No. 19 Cowboys
AMES, Iowa -- Clint Chelf certainly didn't solve Oklahoma State's issues in the passing game.
It didn't matter though, because Desmond Roland and the Cowboys ran all over Iowa State.
Desmond Roland ran for a career-high 219 yards and four touchdowns and 19th-ranked Oklahoma State routed Iowa State 58-27 on Saturday for its third straight win.
Quarterback Clint Chelf had 163 total yards in his second start of the season for the Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who ran for a season-high 342 yards.
Though coach Mike Gundy wasn't thrilled with Oklahoma State's paltry 78 yards passing, he indicated that he'll stick with Chelf when the Cowboys face Texas Tech next week.
"I think Clint did a good job of managing the game. I think he did a good job of getting us in the correct run plays and was an effective runner," Gundy said.
Oklahoma State scored 14 points in a 2- 1/2 minute stretch late in the third quarter to extend its lead to 45-20. Roland ran 58 yards for his third touchdown of the day, and Tyler Johnson took a fumble 54 yards for a TD with 4:17 left in the third.
Sam Richardson had 95 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa State (1-6, 0-4) before leaving the game late in the first half after an apparent blow to the head and neck.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was optimistic that Richardson will be healthy enough to play next week.
"When you play an opponent like that, you can't give them things. You can't make mistakes, you can't turn the ball over, you can't have foolish penalties. We had way too much of that in 60 minutes to give ourselves an opportunity to win," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said.
After a blistering start, Oklahoma State let Iowa State sneak back into the game by halftime.
The Cowboys blew past the hapless Cyclones with a dominant third quarter.
Roland broke at least four tackles during his 58-yard TD run, the longest of his career, to put Oklahoma State up 38-20.
Cowboys linebacker Joe Mitchell then stripped Ernst Brun, and Johnson deftly maneuvered through a crowd of Cyclones and found the pylon for the defense's second TD of the game.
Chelf, who got the starting nod over J.W. Walsh, was just 10 of 26 passing for 78 yards. But he added 85 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Cowboys -- who had 179 yards rushing in just the third quarter.
"The offensive line just ran them down the field," Roland said. "Coach Gundy said `Let's stop playing with them. Get them out of the way and make some big holes,' and they listened."
Iowa State was coming off the most lopsided loss in school history, having been throttled by No. 6 Baylor 71-7 last weekend in Waco.
The Cowboys made the Cyclones look just as bad in the first 10 minutes.
Roland opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Justin Gilbert made it 14-0 Cowboys by taking a Richardson interception back 31 yards.
Oklahoma State pushed its lead to 21-0 on an 8-yard TD pass from Chelf to Charlie Moore midway through the first quarter.
To that point, Iowa State had given up an astounding 92 points in the 69:15 dating back to the start of the Baylor game.
But instead of burying the Cyclones, the Cowboys allowed them to climb right back into it.
Quenton Bundrage caught TD passes of 22 and 20 yards -- the first from Richardson, the second from backup Grant Rohach -- to help Iowa State pull within 28-20 by halftime.
But there would be no repeat of 2011, when the host Cyclones stunned the Cowboys in double overtime and ruined their shot at a national title.
"I would argue that momentum was almost on our side as we went into the locker room," Rhoads said. "With the ability to come out and get a stop, which we did in a way, and go get a score, you've got a chance in the last 30 minutes to knock off a top (20) team. We didn't do enough execution-wise in the second half to make that happen. Was that frustrating? Sure."
Rohach finished with 97 yards passing for Iowa State, which converted just 4 of 20 third downs and punted 11 times.
Rohach will likely return to the bench when the Cyclones play at Kansas State on Saturday. But Chelf will probably get another shot, even though his legs were ahead of his arm on Saturday.
"We have to become a better throwing team. We were very average throwing the football," Gundy said. "But rushing the football was good."
Kansas State overwhelms West Virginia in 35-12 win
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half to defeat West Virginia, 35-12, and gain its first Big 12 win of the season Saturday.
Jake Waters was 10-of-13 for 198 yards and three touchdowns for Kansas State (3-4, 1-3). Daniel Sams was 8-for-8 for 93 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lockett had eight catches for 111 yards and three scores.
Kansas State had a chance for a big break early in the third quarter when Clint Trickett fumbled and it was recovered by Blake Slaughter at the West Virginia 18-yard line. But on the second play, Sams lost the ball after gaining a first down and it was recovered in the end zone by the Mountaineers' Karl Joseph.
On the next play Trickett hit Kevin White on a slant pass just over the line of scrimmage and White meandered 43 yards through the K-State defense. That resulted in a 50-yard field goal by Josh Lambert and a 12-7 lead for West Virginia (3-5, 1-4).
But Kansas State responded with a 14-play, 78-yard drive, that used up 8:24 with the Wildcats going into the 20-mph wind. The drive was capped by a 9-yard pass from Sams to Lockett in the back of the end zone on third-and-goal.
Another 78-yard drive, this one taking seven plays and 3:40, gave Kansas State a 21-12 lead with 11:11 left in the fourth quarter. Waters hit Tramaine Thompson on a 30-yard touchdown pass on a play that looked exactly like his first touchdown of the day to Lockett.
Waters' hit Lockett with a 24-yard touchdown with 7:31 left to put the game out of reach. John Hubert ran in a 4-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left for the final score.
Kansas State was the first team to find any kind of flow on offense in the first half, but even that took a substitute. Waters replaced Sams at quarterback as the Wildcats faced third-and-15 from the West Virginia 35. Waters, who had started the game for Kansas State, threw a 35-yard touchdown to Lockett, hitting Lockett in stride just shy of the goal line.
After the teams traded punts, West Virginia answered early in the second quarter. Trickett ran off left tackle for a 6-yard touchdown. Travis Britz blocked the extra point, helping Kansas State retain the 7-6 lead.
West Virginia took the lead on a 21-yard field goal by Lambert. The Mountaineers reached the Kansas State 6-yard line on a 50-yard completion from Trickett to Ronald Carswell. But the Wildcats defense stiffened, forcing the field goal.
Bryce Petty, No. 8 Baylor cruise to 11th straight win
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Bryce Petty threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns in fewer than three quarters, Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score and No. 8 Baylor routed Kansas 59-14 on Saturday night for its school-record 11th straight win.
The Bears (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) piled up 500 yards of offense in taking a 38-0 lead by halftime, and then relaxed as coach Art Briles pulled many of his starters in the third quarter.
The nation's highest-scoring offense still finished with 743 yards, and eight of its nine scoring drives took fewer than 2 minutes. Four different Baylor players had touchdown runs -- Petty among them -- while Tevin Reese hauled in two of his three TD tosses.
Jake Heaps was held to just 85 yards passing and a touchdown for Kansas (2-5, 0-4), which has now lost 25 consecutive Big 12 games.
Texas wins 30-7 at TCU in game delayed 3 hours
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Malcolm Brown ran for two touchdowns, Case McCoy threw for 228 yards with a long score and Texas remained undefeated in the Big 12 with a 30-7 win at TCU in a game that ended early Sunday morning.
There was a weather delay of 3 hours, 6 minutes after officials stopped the game in the second quarter Saturday night because of lightning that was part of an approaching storm. The game resumed just after 11 p.m., and ended after 12:30 a.m.
Brown's 3-yard TD run with 9 minutes left in the third quarter gave Texas (5-2, 4-0 Big 12) a 27-7 lead. He also had another 3-yard score more than four hours before that, one play after a TCU fumble midway through the first quarter.
Texas has won four games in a row since going 1-2 during its non-conference schedule. That including a 19-point loss at BYU in a game where the Longhorns also had to endure a lengthy weather delay and the start was delayed 1 hour, 47 minutes.
TCU (3-5, 1-4) has consecutive losses for the first time this season. The Frogs hadn't had five losses through eight games since a 10-game losing streak to start the 1997 season.
Anthony Fera kicked three field goals for the Longhorns, who remained tied atop the Big 12 standings with sixth-ranked Baylor (7-0, 4-0). The Bears won at Kansas on Saturday night while No. 10 Texas Tech lost for the first time, at No. 17 Oklahoma.
McCoy, who started his fourth game with David Ash still out because of lingering concussion symptoms, was 9 of 19 passing with two interceptions.
Only a few minutes before the lightning delay started, McCoy hit Marcus Johnson in stride for a 65-yard touchdown that made it 17-7. Johnson had three catches for 120 yards.
Texas, coming off an open date that followed a win over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry in nearby Dallas two weeks ago, took the lead for good midway through the first quarter when Brown scored after quarterback Trevone Boykin's fumble. Boykin had already been sacked once on the drive, and was pressured and in trouble again when he was surrounded by three defenders and hit. Adrian Phillips recovered the loose ball at the 3.
When TCU got back on the field for its third series, Casey Pachall replaced Boykin.
It was the first game for Pachall since breaking his left (non-throwing) arm in the second game of the season seven weeks ago. He got hurt Sept. 7 against Southeastern Louisiana.
The Horned Frogs had only 5 total yards on seven offensive plays before Pachall took over. They finished with 247 yards, with Pachall going 13-of-34 for 140 yards.
TCU announced a crowd of 48,212, the second-largest ever at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Texas played there for the first time since 1994, when both teams were in the old Southwest Conference.
The stands were well less than half full when play resumed.
The final 6 minutes of the second quarter were played swiftly, with three punts before Fera kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
There was then a break of less than 5 minutes for halftime, with the teams remaining on the field, before starting the second half.
After Fera kicked a 43-yard field goal to make it 10-0 late in the first quarter, the Frogs scored on their next drive on a double pass. Pachall threw to Cameron Echols-Luper in the backfield, and the receiver hit LaDarius Brown for a 38-yard TD.
Fera added a 36-yard field goal with about 12 minutes left in the game.
Referee Scott Novak stopped the game in the second quarter, announcing that both teams were being sent to the locker room for the safety of the players. He referred to flashing warning lights nearby that indicate lighting was in the area.
There were severe storms in the area but the rain didn't start to fall and the first visible flashes of lightning didn't come until several minutes after the players went inside. There was a bolt of lightning that went straight down behind one side of the stands, and several more after that when the storm moved over the stadium.