Around the Big 12 after opening week

Posted September 1st, 2014


Defending Big 12 champion Baylor took two huge hits on their opening two offensive series of the season.

It’s unclear whether the near immediate injuries to quarterback Bryce Petty and receiver Antwan Goodley, two of the league’s marquee players, will cool the potent Bears offense for a significant length of time.

Coach Art Briles confirmed Monday that the status of Petty, a top Heisman Trophy candidate, is day to day. Petty took a blow to his lower back on the first series of Baylor’s 45-0 win over SMU. He stayed in the game, but couldn’t plant and throw effectively. It’s why his stats were rather mundane — 13 of 23 for 161 with two touchdowns via the air and one on the ground. Petty didn’t play in the second half.


Petty was receiving treatment Monday morning. Late Sunday, he said of his injury: “I told those guys before, putting those headphones on before brought back memories. I really didn’t want to put those back on. But at the same time, you have to know yourself; you have to know your limits. at some point you have to say, `hey, I think that I need to sit this out.'”

Goodley’s injury could be more problematic. On the second offensive series, Goodley strained a quad muscle, aggravating an injury he originally suffered in training camp. Unlike Petty, he couldn’t return. Goodley caught 71 passes for 1,339 yards last fall.

Cyclone receiver lost for year

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads confirmed Monday that Quinton Brundrage, his team’s best receiver, tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will be lost for the year. Brundage suffered the injury on the fourth play. Center Tom Farniok left the game the next series with a knee sprain. He could be Iowa State’s top offensive player. Rhoads said Farniok probably will play Saturday against Kansas State. But the two injuries were significant in the Cyclones 34-14 loss to North Dakota State.

Hill fastest player in football?

Florida State defenders are quick. No one would argue that. But Oklahoma State’s versatile Tyreek Hill, who some believe is the fastest player in college football, had at least a step advantage on the field.

Hill gained 278 all-purpose yards in his team’s 37-31 loss to top-ranked Florida State.

“He’s the fastest player I’ve ever seen live,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.

Seminole coach Jimbo Fisher said he tried to recruit Hill, a junior college transfer, to Tallahasse. But he chose Stillwater. Defenses have to account for Hill as a running back andn receiver. He also returns punts and kicks. Hill could displace Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett as the top return threat in the Big 12.

Miserable night in Lubbock

On the same day, Texas Tech officials announced a major fundraising campaign to finance renovations on all 17 athletic facilities and a raise and contract extension for coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Then the Red Raiders played the season opener. Ugly doesn’t begin to describe what likely would’ve been the mood in Lubbock if Tech hadn’t survived a scare from Central Arkansas, an FCS team. The Red Raiders came from behind to win 42-35.

“I think we just did a poor job as a coaching staff of letting them know this is a real opponent,” Kingsbury said Monday. “I thought they seemed a little flat didn’t know they’d perform that poorly.

“One showing like that can really shut down your season. I expect people will see a different team Saturday night.”

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