Quenton Bundrage

A season after leading the Red Raiders to a 7-0 start and a big bowl win over Arizona State, Kliff Kingsbury will remain the head coach at Texas Tech through the 2020 season, the university said last Friday. Kingsbury, who quarterbacked the team from 1998-2002, led the Red Raiders to their third-straight bowl game and unified a fan base that has been fractured since Mike Leach was fired in 2009. The deal will pay Kingsbury an average of $3.5 million per year, which will make him the fourth-highest paid coach in the conference.

Iowa State receiver out for season

The 34-14 loss to North Dakota State, an FCS powerhouse, was tough enough for Iowa State, but things got even worse Monday for the Cyclones. Head coach Paul Rhoads announced that wide receiver Quenton Bundrage will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in the game Saturday. Bundrage, a redshirt junior, was expected to be a big part of the Cyclone offense, especially after the season he had last year. In 2013, he caught 48 passes for 676 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which led the team. The loss puts a dent in a position group that was expected to be a strength for Iowa State. The Cyclones returned nine receivers who caught a pass in 2013.

Baylor QB Bryce Petty day-to-day with back injury

Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty is listed as day-to-day after suffering a back injury during the Bears’ 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday night. The injury likely came when Petty was hit from behind on his first run of the game. However, he played through the rest of the first half before being removed for the start of the second half. An MRI on Monday showed bones sticking out from the spine were cracked, but the injury is expected to heal itself without surgery. Petty expects to be able to play Saturday when Baylor faces Northwestern State.

Boykin, Ogbah, Alford earn Big 12 honors

It appears that TCU head coach Gary Patterson made the right move last Saturday, starting quarterback
Trevone Boykin against Samford. Boykin was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after completing a career-high 29 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. The junior also added a rushing touchdown and led the Horned Frogs to scores on seven of his 12 possessions.

Oklahoma State nearly pulled off a big upset in week one, thanks in part to sophomore defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah registered six tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his effort. Ogbah was part of a Cowboy defensive line that held Florida State to 3.4 yards per run in the losing effort.

Mario Alford, West Virginia kick returner, rounded out this week’s conference awards, claiming the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The senior gave No. 2 Alabama a bit of a scare with a 100-yard kickoff return, which tied the game at 17. Alford also had 54 receiving yards for the Mountaineers in the 33-23 loss.

QB Sam Richardson (Sr.)

Cyclones’ starting quarterback Sam Richardson has taken all but one snap for the team this season, making him perhaps the most important player to watch on this Iowa State offense. Richardson is an experienced signal-caller who has passed for 757 yards and seven touchdowns in three games this season. He has completed 62.5 percent of his passes this season and is averaging 252.3 passing yards per game which accounts for over half of the Cyclones production every contest. The Longhorns should get pressure in the backfield with their defensive line but beware of Richardson’s scrambling ability as he has rushed for 111 yards on 43 carries. He’s a tall and athletic quarterback who makes plays from the pocket and scrambling with the football and Texas needs to focus all its attention on him when the Cyclones have the football.


DB Jacques Washington (Sr.)

Washington is the leading tackler on the Iowa State defense despite being its best defensive back so far this season. He has recorded 31 tackles and broken up one pass. Washington is a big player on the back line of the Cyclones defense and finds the football and doesn’t miss many tackles when he gets the chance to hit someone. Texas should be able to hold him at bay by running the football away from Washington to set up passes when the defense is off balance. Iowa State ranks No. 66 in points allowed per game this season while the Longhorns are No. 57 in points scored per game. The game should be even from a production standpoint but Texas will need to marginalize Washington to be able to attack the defense more efficiently.


WR Quenton Bundrage (So.)

Although Bundrage has had an average season so far, his big game came against Iowa, the best team the Cyclones have played this season. Bundrage has hauled in 13 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns this season, with 146 of those yards and all three touchdowns coming against the Hawkeyes in Week 2. Bunrage is a tall receiver who could exploit the Longhorns defense deep if they get on their heels. He’s not a particularly speedy guy but he makes the most of his opportunities as evidenced by him averaging 14.3 yards per catch this year. He has almost equaled his production from all of last season and could have a big game against Texas like Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett (13 catches, 237 yards).