Around the Big 12: West Virginia rolls TCU to keep slim Big 12 hopes alive

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West Virginia running back Leddie Brown ran all over the TCU defense Saturday, picking up 156 yards in the Mountaineers' 24-6 victory (photo courtesy of

West Virginia 24, TCU 6 
Leddie Brown rushed for 156 yards on 24 carries Saturday to lift West Virginia past TCU in Morgantown, W.Va. 

The Mountaineers finished the game on a 17-3 run in a bounceback effort after narrowly losing to Texas the week before. In a must-win game for West Virginia to keep pace in the race for the Big 12 title, the home team never trailed. 

The offensive struggles for TCU bled into another week. The offense tallied two turnovers and not a single wide receiver had more tha 70 yards. TCU quarterback Max Duggan finished 16-of-27 for 161 yards and an interception. 

West Virginia (5-3 ovedrall, 4-3 in the Big 12) will play Oklahoma after getting a week off this Saturday. TCU (3-4 overall, 3-4 against Big 12 teams) is now largely out of contention for any shot at the Big 12 title and will play on the road at Kansas in two weeks. 

Texas Tech 24, Baylor 23
Tech quarterback Alan Bowman threw for 181 yards Saturday to lead Texas Tech over Baylor in a back-and-forth game in Lubbock. 

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The Red Raiders sealed their second win of conference play on a last-second field goal by Jonathan Garibay. It was Garibay’s fourth field goal of the contest, the difference in a game that was otherwise even in every statistical category. 

Qualan Jones rushed for 86 yards on 21 carries for Baylor in a losing effort. The Bears were already out of the race for the wide-open Big 12, but this was their closest loss.

Texas Tech (3-5 overall, 2-5 in the Big 12) will play Oklahoma State on Nov. 28. Baylor (1-5 overall, 1-5 against conference opponents) will play Kansas State on the same day two weeks from now. 

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