Big 12 North Review: Week 10

By Nate Latsch
FOXSportsMidwest.com
November 8, 2010

Saturday

was a wild day across the college football landscape and the Big 12

North contributed some dramatic finishes, with upsets and comebacks and

one game that came down to a two-point conversion.

NEBRASKA AT IOWA STATE

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads made one of the gutsiest calls on Saturday.

With

his host Cyclones trailing visiting Nebraska by one point following a

touchdown in overtime, Rhoads called for a fake conversion kick �

trying to win the game with a two-point conversion rather than tie the

score to go into a second overtime period.

But the pass from

holder Daniel Kuehl was intercepted and No. 7 Nebraska escaped with a

31-30 victory and firm grip on the top spot in the Big 12 North

division standings.

“It’s a game of inches,� Rhoads told

reporters. �I had no hesitation whatsoever. If we execute, game over.

We’re the ones running in the end zone to celebrate.”

With the win, Nebraska (8-1 overall, 4-1 in Big 12 play) also avenged a 9-7 loss to Iowa State (5-5, 3-3) a year ago.

“It was a gutsy call by coach Rhoads,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini told reporters. “Our guy made a play.”

With

their top two quarterbacks dealing with injuries � Taylor Martinez

(sprained ankle) and Zac Lee (sore arm) � the Cornhuskers turned to

third-string quarterback Cody Green and relied on their rushing attack.

Rex Burkhead ran for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns, while

Roy Helu Jr. added 98 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Iowa State

gained 360 total yards, compared to 314 for Nebraska, with quarterback

Austen Arnaud throwing for 203 yards with three touchdowns and two

interceptions and Alexander Robinson rushing for 101 yards.

COLORADO AT KANSAS

With 12 minutes left in the matchup of teams tied for last in the Big 12 North, Colorado led host Kansas by 28 points.

But

then the Jayhawks pieced together the greatest comeback in school

history, scoring 35 points in the final 11:05 to win 52-45.

“We’re

going to continue to move on a little bit and yell and scream and

continue to celebrate,” Kansas coach Turner Gill told reporters. “This

is a great win for our program.”

Kansas (3-6, 1-4) had scored a

total of 33 points in its previous three games and entered Saturday�s

contest with four consecutive losses, just like Colorado (3-6, 0-5).

But

the Jayhawks persevered. Freshman running back James Sims scored three

times in the fourth quarter, including the tying touchdown with 4:30

remaining and the go-ahead score with 52 seconds left.

Sims finished with a career-high 123 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Colorado

quarterback Cody Hawkins threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns,

against two interceptions, and running back Rodney Stewart rushed for

175 yards and three touchdowns.

“I think this is by far the

worst I’ve felt after a game,” Hawkins told reporters. “You think you

have it in the bag and all of a sudden the bag rips open and everything

starts going against you. It’s tough.”

MISSOURI AT TEXAS TECH

Visiting

Missouri led Texas Tech by seven points at halftime, but the Red

Raiders rallied after quarterback Taylor Potts came off the bench and

used two third quarter touchdowns to pull out a 24-17 victory.

�We

just didn�t execute after the first quarter,� Missouri quarterback

Blaine Gabbert told reporters. �That was my fault. I�ve got to get the

offense going. You can chalk that loss up to me. I didn�t get my job

done.�

Gabbert had his worst game of the season as he completed

just 12 of 30 passes for 95 yards against a pass defense that entered

the game ranked 119th among Football Bowl Subdivision teams. He

completed just six of 18 passes for 45 yards in the second half.

With

its second straight loss, Missouri fell to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in Big

12 play. Texas Tech improved to 5-4 overall and 3-4 in league play.

Missouri

racked up a season-high 260 rushing yards with the help of two long

runs in the first quarter. Freshman running back Marcus Murphy scored

on a 69-yard run on the Tigers� third play of the game and sophomore

running back Kendial Lawrence capped off the team�s third series with a

71-yard touchdown run.

TEXAS AT KANSAS STATE

Kansas

State entered Saturday night�s game with two straight losses and three

defeats in four games, but the Wildcats had just about everything

working against visiting Texas.

Quarterback Collin Klein and

running back Daniel Thomas racked up 233 rushing yards and four

touchdowns and the defense intercepted five passes as Kansas State

rolled to a 39-14 victory.

Klein, a surprise starter at

quarterback for the Wildcats, completed just two of four passes for

nine yards. But he rushed 25 times for 127 yards and scored twice.

Thomas, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, racked up 106 yards and two

touchdowns on his 18 carries.

Kansas State (6-3, 3-3) will

travel to Missouri next, while Texas (4-5, 2-4) will host No. 10

Oklahoma State on Saturday night. The Longhorns, who played Alabama for

the national championship last season, have now lost three in a row and

five of their last six games.Kansas