Friday, June 28, 2013
Five games nobody saw coming in 2012
By David Ubben
So much of the offseason is spent projecting what's going to happen in the fall, but it's easy to forget just how unpredictable every season inevitably becomes. Some of that is based on miscalculated preseason expectations, but many times, it's simply a head-scratching result that the numbers simply did not point to.
Here are the five games from 2012 that nobody saw coming.
1. Baylor 52, Kansas State 24: No result was more head-scratching than this one, and it completely turned the Big 12 season upside down, ending K-State's bid for an undefeated season and making the Wildcats' stop at No. 1 in the BCS standings last exactly one week. Baylor entered this game just 1-5 in Big 12 play, not long removed from a two-touchdown loss to an average Iowa State team in which the Bears scored just 21 points in doing so. This Nov. 17 upset kicked off a stretch that ended with Baylor as the hottest team in the Big 12. Lache Seastrunk also broke out with a career-high 185 rushing yards and a touchdown.
After rushing for 185 yards in an upset of K-State, Lache Seastrunk and had plenty to celebrate.
2. Texas Tech 49, West Virginia 14: West Virginia was coming off an emotional victory at Texas and wondering about a Big 12 title (or more) with a 5-0 record and a top-five ranking. Geno Smith might have unanimously won the Heisman Trophy if voting had taken place before this game, but the Red Raiders got off to a hot start and the Mountaineers never answered. They trailed 35-7 at halftime and an ugly game for Smith and the WVU offense kicked off what would become a five-game losing streak that officially branded their first season in the Big 12 as a disappointment.
3. Rice 25, Kansas 24: Everybody knew life would get rough for a Kansas team low on talent once conference play arrived, but even a two-win team from 2011 could expect to beat Rice ... right? The former Southwest Conference program had never beaten a member of the Big 12 since their old league broke up, but embarrassed the Jayhawks with a game-winning field goal as time expired. More embarrassing? The Jayhawks led by eight with just under five minutes to play, and Dayne Crist inexplicably tossed an interception with 3:47 to play that setup the winner.
4. Kansas State 24, Oklahoma 19: Oklahoma had never lost to a ranked team at home under Bob Stoops, and only one team had ever come within single digits while the Sooners racked up a 14-0 record. Oklahoma won those games by an average of 28.2 points, but a costly fumble by Blake Bell on one goal line cost OU a touchdown. Landry Jones' fumble on the other goal line gave K-State a first-quarter lead it never relinquished. K-State was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12, but this game made it clear that the Wildcats were to be taken seriously in the league title race it eventually won.
5. Texas 21, Kansas 17: The Jayhawks lost to Texas 43-0 in 2011 and nobody gave the 1-6 Jayhawks a chance in 2012, but David Ash played his worst game of the season and got benched with the Longhorns firmly on the ropes. The Jayhawks led 14-7 going into the fourth quarter, and answered a Longhorns TD with a field goal to go up 17-14 with just 2:28 to play. Case McCoy completed five consecutive passes for 68 yards off the bench, including an 18-yarder to Jaxon Shipley on fourth down to extend the game-winning drive and help Texas survive what could have been its most embarrassing loss in a long, long time.