Big 12: Week 3 Rewind
Game of the Weekend:
Texas Tech 20 – TCU 10
It was a weird one in Lubbock, Texas Thursday night as the Red Raiders upset then-No. 24 TCU under the lights of AT&T Jones Stadium. Questionable referee decisions, a backup quarterback leading the final drive and a fox running around on the sidelines — yes, a real life fox — were the backdrop for the Tech victory.
TCU’s defense seemed to figure out Tech’s walk-on true freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield in the second half, limiting the Raiders to one first down until late in the fourth quarter. The next first day came after Mayfield was injured and David Webb entered to lift his Raiders to victory with a key touchdown on third-and-long.
Player of the Week:
Oklahoma’s Blake Bell
Bell finished with 413 passing yards against Tulsa and four touchdowns in his first career start despite being a fourth-year junior. Bell completed his first passing touchdown of his career early in the contest and threw 281 first-half yards, the 11th most in a first half by a Sooner QB in history.
Bell has already been named the starter for Oklahoma’s highly anticipated rematch against Notre Dame.
Twitter ran wild with “what did the fox say” tweets and the fox has even been named the Rally Fox by some of the Texas Tech faithful.
The seat is very, very hot
Mack Brown – Texas (for how long?)
Mack Brown’s Longhorns picked up their second consecutive loss and it left Brown’s seat very warm, if it wasn’t blazing already.
The sacking of Many Diaz the week before doesn’t look good for Brown and even though the president of the university has stated he supports Brown, the alumni have the torches lit.
Texas’ game against Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout will go a long way to say if Brown is going to return next season.
Editor’s Note: Updated to reflect Bell’s eligibility.