Big 12 Roundup
Monday, November 3rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
Texas Tech 26, Colorado 21
In Lubbock, Texas, Texas Tech managed to beat Colorado 26-21 on Saturday even though quarterback B.J. Symons tied a school record with five interceptions.
Symons was 30-of-51 for 399 yards, the first time in eight games he failed to throw for at least 400 yards.
``B.J. was a little out of sync,'' Tech coach Mike Leach said. ``He had to fight all day, and it's a credit to the rest of the team that he came out on top.''
Tech went ahead for good midway through the third quarter when Symons threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker _ who set the NCAA Division I record with his eighth career punt return for a touchdown.
Texas Tech: 6-3, 3-2. Colorado 3-6, 1-4.
Kansas St. 38, Baylor 10
In Manhattan, Kan., James Terry caught a career-high three touchdown passes in Kansas State's 38-10 victory over Baylor on Saturday.
He also dropped several balls that hit him in the hands.
``You can just throw it up sometimes, and when he's on he'll go get it,'' quarterback Ell Roberson said. ``He might have dropped some easy passes today, but he made the hard ones.''
The wide receiver did not start in Saturday's game, and his coaches and teammates wouldn't say why. He did not attend the postgame news conference.
Terry, only the sixth player in school history with three TD receptions in one game, finished with 138 yards on eight catches. Roberson was 14-for-24 for 242 yards and also ran 1 yard for a fourth-quarter touchdown.
Kansas State 7-3, 3-2. Baylor 3-6, 1-4.
Texas A&M 45, Kansas 33
In College Station, Texas, Jaxson Appel scored on a 5-yard fumble return on Saturday to start a 24-point third quarter that allowed Texas A&M to pull away for a 45-33 victory over Kansas.
``I was just getting ready to congratulate somebody and all of the sudden the ball was on top of my feet and I picked it up,'' said Appel, who also had eight tackles and an interception in the closing seconds.
Appel sprinted into the end zone and the Aggies led the rest of the way, keeping their slim bowl hopes alive.
A&M spoiled the debut of Jayhawks freshman Adam Barmann, who was 25-of-37 for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another. He shed his redshirt status with starter Bill Whittemore sidelined by a shoulder injury.
Texas A&M 4-5, 2-3. Kansas, 5-4, 2-3.
No. 16 Texas 31, No. 12 Nebraska 7
In Austin, Texas, Cedric Benson rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns to lead Texas to a 31-7 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.
Benson was finally at his best. A 1,000-yard rusher the past two seasons, he had all but disappeared in Texas' big games this year, and missed the previous game against Baylor after he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
``It felt good to get back on the field,'' said Benson, who didn't start but finished with 28 carries. ``My week off helped me get my mind where it needed to be.''
It was not a one-man show. Freshman quarterback Vince Young ran for 163 yards and a touchdown. And the Texas defense held the Huskers to 175 totals yards _ 53 on the ground.
Texas 7-2, 4-1. Nebraska 7-2, 3-2.
Oklahoma 52, Oklahoma State 9
In Norman, Okla., Jason White threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Oklahoma's defense was dominant once again as the Sooners beat Oklahoma State 52-9 on Saturday.
Oklahoma remains on track for the Big 12 title and a spot in the BCS' national title game. The loss all but ends the Cowboys' hopes of a BCS game.
In a game that featured two of the nation's top offenses, it was Oklahoma's heralded defense that stole the show.
Oklahoma State's celebrated trio of quarterback Josh Fields, running back Tatum Bell and receiver Rashaun Woods couldn't do much against the Sooners when the game was still competitive.
``They are an awfully good football team, we knew that coming in,'' Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said. ``We didn't get exactly what we wanted from our football team, but they certainly did.''
Oklahoma 9-0, 5-0. Oklahoma State 7-2, 3-2.