Big 12 roundup

Monday, November 17th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Missouri 45, Texas A&M 22

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Brad Smith bounced back from a four-turnover game with 136 yards rushing, three touchdowns and no giveaways in Missouri's 45-22 victory over sagging Texas A&M Saturday.

Smith, a sophomore, became the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in two seasons and had scoring runs of 7, 19 and 9 yards. Zack Abron had 141 yards on 20 carries with a 2-yard run to break the school record for career touchdowns and scoring for Missouri.

Texas A&M was unable to recover from a 77-0 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma last week, although the Aggies ended a seven-quarter touchdown drought with a pair of fourth-quarter scores. The Aggies are 0-5 on the road and will finish with a losing record for the first time since 1982.

``I was just disgusted with the mistakes we made offensively in the first half,'' coach Dennis Franchione said. ``We were our own worst enemy as much as anything.

``They were hurting themselves far more than Missouri was hurting them.''

Missouri: 7-3, 3-3 Big 12. Texas A&M: 4-7, 2-5.


Colorado 44, Iowa St. 10

AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Colorado coach Gary Barnett's team had not led anyone by more than 14 points this season, so it presented a problem when the Buffaloes went to the locker room at halftime up 37-0 over Iowa State on Saturday.

``I didn't know what to do,'' Barnett said. ``I didn't know what to say to the team at halftime. That doesn't happen very much.''

Joel Klatt threw two touchdowns passes and Brian Calhoun ran for two more scores in Colorado's 44-10 victory over the Cyclones.

Klatt, 21-for-27 for 288 yards, threw a 42-yard scoring pass to D.J. Hackett and a 20-yarder to John Donahoe.

Calhoun, who scored on two 4-yard runs, had 73 yards rushing and caught two passes for 58 yards. The two touchdowns marked the first multiple touchdown game for the sophomore, who went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career with 1,059.

``They dominated and mauled us today,'' Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said. ``They made some really tremendous plays and we had some uncharacteristic breakdowns in our secondary.''

Colorado: 5-6, 3-4 Big 12. Iowa St.: 2-8, 0-6.


Oklahoma St. 44, Kansas 21

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Not bad for a third-stringer.

Vernand Morency replaced Tatum Bell by rushing for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma State's 44-21 victory over Kansas on Saturday.

Morency scored on runs of 19, 6 and 5 yards to help the Cowboys rebound from consecutive blowout losses to No. 6 Texas and No. 1 Oklahoma.

``We turned to him today and said, 'OK, we need you to play,' and he did,'' Cowboys coach Les Miles said. ``It's a mark of a good football team when you can turn to guys and put them in the fray and count on them.''

Oklahoma St.: 8-3, 4-3 Big 12. Kansas, 5-6, 2-5.


Kansas St. 38, No. 18 Nebraska 9

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ In his 15 years at Kansas State, Bill Snyder has turned one of the nation's worst programs into one of the best.

But he still couldn't win at Nebraska.

That changed dramatically on Saturday.

Kansas State not only won in Lincoln for the first time since 1968 with its 38-9 victory, but also handed the No. 18 Cornhuskers their worst home loss since 1958.

``It was a very satisfying game for our players and coaches,'' Snyder said. ``Extremely important to me is the fact that long-suffering Kansas State football fans are happy this evening. There are a lot of people who have had some great anguish over the years, and this is something of a reward for them.''

Kansas St.: 9-3, 5-2 Big 12. Nebraska: 8-3, 4-3.


No. 1 Oklahoma 41, Baylor 3

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Jason White hit the turf again and again after vicious hits.

The Oklahoma quarterback slowly got up off the ground and trotted to the sideline as a chorus of boos could be heard from the restless crowd.

A season-long run of dominance by the Sooners was finally interrupted by some sloppiness in the second half.

White threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and the Sooners' defense didn't allow a touchdown for the third straight week to lift No. 1 Oklahoma to an inconsistent 41-3 win over Baylor on Saturday.

``In the second half, we just didn't come out and play,'' White said. ``That's something we've had trouble with in other games.

``You're up on a team, it's hard to get the guys going. It's definitely something we need to get fixed.''

The Sooners clinched the Big 12 South Division title, earning a spot in the Dec. 6 conference championship game for the third time in four years. The win also keeps Oklahoma on track for a berth in the Sugar Bowl, the site of this season's national title game.

Oklahoma: 11-0, 7-0 Big 12. Baylor: 3-8, 1-6.


No. 6 Texas 43, Texas Tech 40

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Yep, the quarterback rotation still works for Texas.

Chance Mock, the former starter who had lost his job to Vince Young and seen his playing time dwindle with every game, came off the bench with two minutes left Saturday night to lead No. 6 Texas to a wild 43-40 win over Texas Tech.

Mock's 9-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Johnson with 46 seconds left kept alive the Longhorns' hopes of playing in the Bowl Championship Series, where Texas was No. 5 in the latest standings.

``He's tough. He's smart,'' Texas coach Mack Brown said of Mock. ``He handles pressure about as well as anybody I've been around.''

Texas: 9-2, 6-1 Big 12. Texas Tech: 7-4, 4-3.