At least somebody in the Big 12 played defense Saturday. Thanks to their defenses, Texas Tech and No. 15 TCU both collected big road victories to move to 4-0.
Texas Tech 24, Iowa State 13: The Red Raiders led the nation in total defense going into the weekend. Considering the weak level of competition, many wondered if that was just smoke and mirrors. But in Ames, the Red Raiders continued to play stifling defense. Early in the fourth quarter, Cornelius Douglas picked off his second pass of the game and returned it deep into Iowa State territory. On the next play, quarterback Seth Doege found Eric Ward for a 19-yard touchdown to put Texas Tech up 21-13. All told, the Red Raiders forced four turnovers and limited Iowa State to just 189 yards of total offense.
TCU 24, SMU 16: After scoring two first quarter touchdowns, the Horned Frogs were sloppy offensively the rest of the way in the rainy conditions. But TCU completely overwhelmed SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert and intercepted him five times to seal the victory. Gilbert threw a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, but by then the Horned Frogs had the game well in control. TCU quarterback Casey Pachall completed just 10 of 26 passes for 99 yards, but managed the game and took care of the ball.
TCU gets Iowa State at home next weekend, while Texas Tech welcomes No. 16 Oklahoma to Lubbock, where the Sooners have lost three straight.