Cyclones unable to take next step
For the second straight week, Iowa State squandered a double-digit fourth quarter lead against a Big 12 opponent.
The Cyclones led Oklahoma State by 17 points midway through the third quarter but surrendered 24 straight points en route to a 38-31 loss. They blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead to Baylor in week five.
Since 2010, Iowa State has not finished higher than No. 7 in the Big 12 standings. The Cyclones had two chances to snag wins against recent conference champions in the last two weeks, but they have failed to seize the opportunity.
Iowa State sophomore cornerback Brian Peavy said there are growing pains that come with rising through the ranks of the conference.
“We have the capability and skill set, it’s more of a process of learning how to execute and learning how to win,” Peavy said.
Horned Frogs complete comeback
TCU has already seen two furious comeback bids fall short this year. Against Arkansas, the Horned Frogs overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit only to lose in double overtime. In week five’s contest against No. 19 Oklahoma, TCU climbed to within three points after being down by 18, ultimately losing 46-52.
This past weekend, TCU finally perfected its comeback formula against Kansas. The Horned Frogs trailed the Jayhawks by nine points heading into the final frame, but their defense held Kansas scoreless and they escaped Lawrence, Kansas, with a 24-23 win.
Junior quarterback Kenny Hill struggled throughout the game, tossing three interceptions. But he came through when his team needed him most. Hill led two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter and had a critical 34-yard run on third down in an eventual touchdown drive.
TCU enters its bye week before a matchup with No. 20 West Virginia on Oct. 22.
Kansas State defense rises to occasion
Kansas State ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in both scoring defense and rushing defense. On Saturday, its defense faced its first great challenge of the season, going up against a Texas Tech offense that averages more than 55 points per game.
The Wildcats rose to the occasion in a 44-38 Kansas State win. While the unit had its share of struggles in the first half, the defense held the Red Raiders to 10 points in the second half — Texas Tech’s lowest point total in a half this season.
The Wildcats’ defensive adjustments at halftime helped springboard them to their first conference win of the year.
“We came together as a defensive unit and we were like, ‘We have to eliminate all the big plays,’” sophomore cornerback Duke Shelley said. “This game was on us.”