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Two-TD underdog West Virginia stuns No. 24 Kansas State

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A few posts down, we noted the lack of ranked teams being upset in the early television window.  While not exactly monumental, the mid-afternoon window finally broke Week 12’s upset seal.

Somewhere in the neighborhood of two-touchdown underdogs, West Virginia went into Little Manhattan and stunned No. 24 Kansas State with a 24-20 win Saturday afternoon.  WVU held a 14-10 halftime lead before entering the fourth quarter down by six at 20-14.  A field goal early in the final stanza pulled the Mountaineers to within three; a Jarret Doege 50-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Wheaton with 11:27 left in the period proved to be the game-winner.

After falling behind late, K-State had three possessions to try to take the lead.  On those drives, they turned the ball over on downs, punted and threw an interception near the goal line with less than 30 seconds remaining to ice the game for WVU.

WVU, which snapped a five-game losing streak — four of those came by 11 points or more — was led by Doege, who tossed three touchdowns and threw for 234 yards in the win.   The Mountaineers also kept its bowl hopes alive, although they need to beat No. 22 Oklahoma State and TCU the next two weeks to qualify for the postseason in Neal Brown‘s first season with the program.

K-State, meanwhile, has now lost back-to-back games for the second time this season and fell to 6-4 on the season.

Texas’ Jalen Green apologizes for vicious hit that angered K-State

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It appears Kansas State will have to settle for a mea culpa.

In the second half of last Saturday’s game, Texas cornerback Jalen Green (pictured) leveled K-State wide receiver Wykeen Gill (not pictured) on a play away from the ball and was ejected from the contest after (eventually) being flagged for targeting.  The play will cost Green the first half of UT’s game this Saturday against Iowa State per NCAA targeting rules, but will likely cost Gill at least one full game as he will be sidelined for the Week 12 matchup with West Virginia as the receiver is currently in concussion protocol.

That disparity didn’t sit well with K-State’s head coach.

“It’s unfortunate because it was away from the play, didn’t have anything to do with the play, and Wykeen is probably going to miss a game,” Chris Klieman stated at his weekly press conference Tuesday. “When you have a hit like that and somebody only misses a half, I don’t think that’s very fair.”

Wednesday afternoon, Green issued an apology in which he stated, in part, that he “realize[s] how it may have looked” but “I do want everyone to know I was not trying to take a cheap shot.”

As for “not trying to take a cheap shot,” you be the judge.

Alabama to No. 5, Minnesota to No. 8 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

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The second edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night, and Alabama fell from No. 3 to No. 5 following Saturday’s 46-41 loss to then-No. 2 LSU on Saturday. As a reward for the win, LSU leapfrogged Ohio State for the No. 1 ranking, giving the Tigers a trifecta of No. 1 rankings across all the major polls.

Minnesota leaped nine spots from No. 17 to No. 8 thanks to their 31-26 win over then-No. 4 Penn State. While the Gophers greatly improved in the eyes of the committee, they remain one spot behind where they are ranked in the AP poll.

The Nittany Lions plummeted to No. 9, ahead of Oklahoma, who dropped a spot after a 42-41 near-collapse against Iowa State. Losses by Alabama and Penn State pushed Clemson from No. 5 to No. 3. Georgia followed the Tigers at No. 4.

After not appearing in last week’s rankings, Texas jumped to No. 19 after a win over Kansas State, who dropped from No. 16 to No. 24. Cincinnati remained the highest-rated Group of 5 team at No. 17, one spot ahead of Memphis. The pair will meet in Memphis on Nov. 29, and then potentially again a week later.

Appalachian State joined the rankings for the first time, checking in at No. 25. The Mountaineers replaced SMU, who dropped out after a 59-51 win over East Carolina.

No team remained in the same spot they found themselves in during last week’s initial rankings.

The full rankings:

1. LSU
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Georgia
5. Alabama
6. Oregon
7. Utah
8. Minnesota
9. Penn State
10. Oklahoma
11. Florida
12. Auburn
13. Baylor
14. Wisconsin
15. Michigan
16. Notre Dame
17. Cincinnati
18. Memphis
19. Texas
20. Iowa
21. Boise State
22. Oklahoma State
23. Navy
24. Kansas State
25. Appalachian State

Texas edges No. 16 Kansas State with last-second field goal

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The Texas Longhorns (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) are right back to thinking about a Big 12 title shot. Although Texas may still need a little help, a 27-24 victory over No. 16 Kansas State (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) now sits third in the Big 12 standings tied with Iowa State, who is playing Oklahoma tonight. A last-second field goal by Cameron Dicker lifted the Longhorns to a big win in conference play against the Wildcats.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger completed 22 of his 29 pass attempts for 263 yards and a touchdown with one interception. Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay each were responsible for 110 receiving yards and Johnson had the lone touchdown catch in the Texas passing game. Keaontay Ingram led all players with 139 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Kansas State took a 14-0 lead on their first two offensive possessions of the game but the offense went silent until the fourth quarter. But the only touchdown for the Wildcats since the first quarter came on a 98-yard kickoff return by Joshua Youngblood after Texas had taken a 24-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. Kansas State tied the game at 24-24 midway through the fourth quarter, but Ehlinger and Texas orchestrated a well-executed 13-play drive over 67 yards to set things up for a game-winning kick.

It wasn’t all positive headlines for Texas, however. Jalen Green ejected for targeting penalty in fourth quarter, and it was most certainly deserved.

Considering the viciousness of the hit, a suspension could absolutely be in play from the big 12 offices. But as things stand now, Green will be forced to miss the first half of the next game on the schedule for Texas, against Iowa State.

Texas keeps pace to stay in the thick of the Big 12 championship game hunt coming down the final stretch of the regular season. Baylor winning in triple overtime earlier in the day assured the Bears will remain in the top two after next week’s game against Oklahoma regardless of the outcome, but the Sooners own a head-to-head tiebreaker with Texas. The next couple of weeks should clear some things up for the Big 12 championship game picture, but a win today was significant for keeping hopes alive for the Longhorns.

Texas will visit Iowa State next week in a dangerous road trip in conference play. Kansas State will host a struggling West Virginia team that was blown out at home today by Texas Tech.

Quick start has No. 16 Kansas State leading Texas at halftime

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Looking to stay firmly in the thick of the Big 12 championship hunt, Kansas State is holding on to a lead at halftime against Texas. The Wildcats own a 14-7 lead on the Longhorns, who played for the Big 12 title last season,  thanks to two touchdown passes thrown by Skyler Thompson in the first quarter.

Kansas State got off to a quick start with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Malik Knowles on a 3rd-and-5 on the third play fo the game. Texas proceeded to end its first offensive possession with a missed field goal, and Kansas State kept the pressure on with a second touchdown drive on the ensuing possession. Wykeen Gill hauled in a 19-yard pass from Thompson to give the visiting Wildcats a 14-0 lead.

After exchanging punts on the next two offensive series, Texas finally got on the board in the second quarter. Sam Ehlinger connected with Collin Johnson for a 21-yard touchdown to cut the Kansas State lea din half. The Wildcats fumbled in Texas territory on the next drive, but Texas was unable to move the football more than 11 yards before resorting to punting back to Kansas State. Faced with a 4th-and-14 at the Texas 42-yard line, Kansas State opted to play it safe and punted the ball down to the Texas 19-yard line.

A Kansas State win would keep them in third place in the Big 12 standings, knocking on the door step of playing for the Big 12 championship. But if Texas comes back, the big 12 race could quickly be trimmed down to a two-team race between Baylor and Oklahoma.