NCF Nation: Michael Cummings

Turnover at the quarterback position is the story of the Big 12 this spring, but some schools have made decisions, some are close, and some haven't gotten far in replacing their passers. Here's an update on where each race sits.

Note: Because they have clear, incumbent starters, Iowa State and Texas have been omitted from this update.

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Jerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsAs expected, Bryce Petty has locked down Baylor's starting QB job.
Baylor: Bryce Petty entered the spring as the likely successor to Nick Florence and cemented his status as the starter with a strong 15 practices. Petty was officially designated as the starting quarterback on Baylor's post-spring depth chart, besting Seth Russell.

Kansas: Jake Heaps transferred from BYU and looks to have easily surpassed Michael Cummings, as expected, with a strong spring, working mostly with the first team. Kansas held its spring game on Saturday and Heaps far outperformed Cummings, tossing four touchdown passes and completing 20 of 28 passes for 257 yards. Not much competition here.

Kansas State: K-State is about halfway through spring, but there's been almost no development (publicly, at least) in the quarterback race. Last year's backup, the speedy Daniel Sams, is helping juco transfer Jake Waters get acquainted, but they're still splitting reps with the first team and I'd be surprised if we see an announcement until fall.

Oklahoma: Bob Stoops doesn't care about establishing a starter heading into summer 7-on-7 drills, but Blake Bell might have taken that out of his hands with a strong performance in the spring game. An endorsement from Landry Jones can't hurt. Bell showed this spring he's more than a BellDozer and made plays with his arm on Saturday, completing 14 of 23 passes for 214 yards and two scores. Stoops hasn't made an official designation, but Bell looks like he's distanced himself from his competition in Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson.

Oklahoma State: You can find folks anywhere making a case for Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh or Wes Lunt, but Mike Gundy's opinion is the only one that matters. He says Oklahoma State's starter is Chelf, and Chelf is receiving most of the first-team reps this spring. It's not hard to see that changing, but for now, the job is Chelf's. The rising senior may have to do something to lose it.

TCU: Most assumed Casey Pachall's return to the team meant he'd step back in and reclaim his job. This spring, it hasn't been that easy. He may do exactly that this fall, but Gary Patterson says he's looked rusty after not throwing or lifting from October to January while receiving in-patient treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Meanwhile, sophomore Trevone Boykin has looked much improved. Patterson says it's still an open competition, the duo is splitting first-team reps and there may not be a decision until fall.

Texas Tech: It doesn't seem like Michael Brewer has a ton of competition on the roster, but Kliff Kingsbury turned some heads when he trotted out Davis Webb to start a recent scrimmage. Brewer still has to earn the job and it's hard to see that not being the case, but for now, this job is still up for grabs.

West Virginia: This one's still wide open. Texas natives Paul Millard and Ford Childress are still splitting first-team reps and there doesn't appear to be much separation just yet. Expect this competition to heat up in the fall. The coaching staff has already said they don't expect to name a starter by the end of spring or even by the beginning of fall camp.
There won't be many highlights when Kansas looks back on Year 1 of the Charlie Weis Era.

With a 59-10 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday, the Jayhawks clinched a second consecutive winless season in Big 12 play, becoming the seventh team in league history to do so.

With just one chance left, I expected KU to put up more of a fight, but West Virginia controlled the game from start to finish. Geno Smith threw 21 consecutive completions to set a school record before leaving the game with 407 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-24 passing. It also clinched Smith's second consecutive 4,000-yard passing season.

The Mountaineers made it look easy and raced to a 52-7 lead after three quarters and were up 35-7 at the half. Stedman Bailey caught 11 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, making one last case for the Biletnikoff Award.

West Virginia did what most expected, but KU didn't show much fight in its last chance to get in the win column. Michael Cummings and Dayne Crist both earned playing time, but neither was effective, even against the Big 12's worst defense.

Not a pretty finish in a season with so many close calls for KU, though this wasn't one of them.

Tech ends skid with OT win over Kansas

November, 10, 2012
Kansas just can't seem to get over the hump.

With its opportunities to end its Big 12 losing streak dwindling, Texas Tech knocked off the Jayhawks in double overtime to stretch the skid to 19 games.

A fourth-down heave from Michael Cummings in overtime fell short, and Texas Tech moved to 7-3 with a 41-34 win. Eric Stephens found Darrin Moore for a 3-yard touchdown pass to give Tech the eventual game-winning score.

Texas Tech's final home game of the season was a must-win after frustrating losses in consecutive weeks to Kansas State and Texas, and the Red Raiders did what they had to against an improving Kansas team.

Tech withstood a second-half rally from the Jayhawks for the win, but the biggest story from Saturday in Lubbock had little to do with the game's outcome.

In the third quarter, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville was caught on camera confronting an assistant coach and appeared to aggressively rip the coach's headset off his head, causing the assistant's hat to come off as well.

Facing a fourth-and-2 at midfield, Texas Tech was flagged for a procedure penalty and was forced to punt. That sequence set off Tuberville's sideline rant.

He'll surely be asked about it in postgame. We'll keep you posted.

On the field, Kansas and Tech was what everyone expected: A battle of contrasting styles. Tech won the battle through the air, but KU's ground attack put up an impressive fight to end what's now a 19-game losing streak in Big 12 play.

Tony Pierson set up scores with runs of 49 and 69 yards and finished with 202 yards on 16 carries. Fellow back James Sims notched his sixth consecutive 100-yard game with 127 yards on 30 carries.

Still, Seth Doege and Texas Tech's air attack was too much, and the Red Raiders moved to 7-3. Doege finished with 436 yards and three touchdown passes on 42-of-54 passing.

Tech became just the latest team to sneak by Kansas, but there's no doubt that lots of folks will be waiting to hear Tuberville's explanation for the sideline incident.

Big 12 power rankings: Week 11

November, 5, 2012
Another fun Saturday of Big 12 football is in the books. Here's how I slot the league heading into Week 11:

1. Kansas State (9-0, 6-0 Big 12; last week: 1) The Wildcats continue to take care of business. Collin Klein's status will be an interesting topic of discussion this week after the quarterback left Saturday's game in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury, but don't expect Bill Snyder or any of the Wildcats to talk about it. K-State has methodically dispatched every team it has played this season, but the Cats travel to face a TCU team coming off an emotional double-OT win at West Virginia this week.

2. Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1; last week: 2) Playing at Iowa State isn't easy, and OU looked a little sluggish early, but the Sooners walked away with a very respectable 35-20 win. The Sooners need oodles of help to win another Big 12 title, but this week they'll get a chance to avenge last year's loss to Baylor. Robert Griffin III basically won the Heisman at OU's expense last season.

3. Texas (7-2, 4-2; last week: 6) The Longhorns broke their string of losses to Top 25 teams in rather impressive fashion, winning in Lubbock against the Red Raiders. Texas is on track to surpass last year's eight-win campaign. Is a Cotton Bowl date with rival Texas A&M in the future? I want this to happen so, so badly. Other than a national title game with two undefeated teams, no bowl game would come close to matching the energy and intrigue.

4. Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3; last week: 3) The Red Raiders ran into a pretty determined Texas squad. All of a sudden, Tech's fortunes are looking a little rough and the Big 12 title hopes they had two weeks ago are a distant memory at 3-3 in league play. Kansas is up next, though. The Red Raiders miss tight end Jace Amaro more than most folks outside Lubbock realize. He's a matchup nightmare.

5. Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2; last week: 4) Hey, the Cowboys are a good team. I know one when I see one. But by the same token, they have to beat somebody to prove it at some point. There's not a single win over a team this year that's been legitimately noteworthy for the Pokes, though they did beat TCU and Iowa State by three touchdowns. The chances will be there for OSU. A reeling West Virginia squad visits Stilly next week for Dana Holgorsen's return to his old stomping grounds.

6. TCU (6-3, 3-3; last week: 8) TCU has been playing heart-stoppers every other week, it seems. The Frogs got the short end of a three-overtime stick against Texas Tech two weeks ago, but Gary Patterson's gambles paid off this time around against the Mountaineers. TCU played to win with trick plays and a game-winning two-point conversion. Kudos. TCU can play spoiler against seemingly BCS-bound K-State this week at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

7. West Virginia (5-3, 2-3; last week: 5) Oh, how the mighty have fallen. That was a heartbreaker for WVU, and the team had to wait two weeks to play TCU after getting pounded by K-State and Texas Tech in consecutive games. Geno Smith & Co. were better this week, but the offense still looks shaky. Tavon Austin is doing his best to keep WVU afloat, but even his penchant for highlights wasn't enough this week.

8. Iowa State (5-4, 2-4; last week: 8) Iowa State's not all that far behind West Virginia here. The Cyclones played Oklahoma tough early, but the Sooners were too much. ISU will travel to Texas this week to make a second go-around at gaining bowl eligibility. KU awaits the week after even if the Cyclones can't get the job done in Austin.

9. Baylor (4-4, 1-4; last week: 9) Baylor broke its four-game losing skid, but you've got to do more than beat Kansas if you want to ascend the Big 12 power rankings. BU's defense pitching a second-half shutout was legitimately impressive considering its recent track record, but a more consistent OU team will be a tougher test for the Bears' D this week.

10. Kansas (1-8, 0-6; last week: 10) A halftime rain delay only put off the inevitable. KU showed some good fight after being down 14-0 early, but the Jayhawks have quarterback issues. If Michael Cummings can't put up some numbers against Baylor, who's he going to put them up against? Texas Tech's defense has struggled the past couple of weeks, but will be a tough test for the Jayhawks' legitimately solid running game. Even an avalanche of losses can't take the shine off an absolutely outstanding season for James Sims.

What to watch for in the Big 12: Week 9

October, 25, 2012
Here's what I've got my eye on this week across the Big 12:

1. How much fight do the Irish have in the red zone? This is the best matchup of the season. Oklahoma's been stopped in the red zone one time all season, its offense mostly highlighted by the power running package less-than-affectionately known by Big 12 defenses as the Belldozer. Notre Dame, meanwhile, hasn't given up a rushing touchdown all season. Something's got to give.

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Erich Schlegel/Getty ImagesCan coach Tommy Tuberville and Texas Tech upset unbeaten Kansas State on the road?
2. Another chance for road kill? Texas Tech went on the road and knocked off No. 1 Oklahoma last season, and last week, pulled off a dramatic road win at TCU. Tommy Tuberville is 6-2 against top-five teams, too. It's a favorable matchup for Kansas State, but the trends suggest Texas Tech could make the upset happen this weekend and suddenly look like a legit threat to win the Big 12.

3. A chance for a little touch-up. Iowa State's offense made Oklahoma State's defense look pretty good last week, preventing the Cyclones from scoring on nine consecutive possessions. The Cyclones burned TCU, though, and the problem is consistency. Can Baylor's defense show some fight this week? The Bears have been awful defensively for most of the season.

4. Since you're asking, they prefer cherry. Did the dam finally burst for Oklahoma State's defense when it comes to turnovers? The Cowboys had just four in their first five games, but forced a pair last week against Iowa State. This week, TCU brings in a redshirt freshman quarterback who's more talented than Iowa State's quarterback duo, but not as experienced. Can the Cowboys keep it rolling? Their six takeaways are still four fewer than any team in the Big 12.

5. He's Cummings, not going. Last week is not a very fair gauge of what Michael Cummings can do as Kansas' new quarterback. On the road against Oklahoma, the Big 12's best defense? Texas has the athletes, but the defense is struggling. Can Cummings look a little better this week after officially replacing Dayne Crist?

6. Focus pocus. Kansas State isn't a team that shows signs of a possible letdown, but this week's opponent will be even tougher than last week's, when the Wildcats rolled a struggling West Virginia squad. If Kansas State plays up to its potential, it wins this game. If not, Texas Tech can take advantage. Last year in Lubbock, even a five-win Tech team looked better than Kansas State for most of the game before a fourth-quarter rally by the Wildcats.

7. Another week, another shuffle. Iowa State is holding another open competition for quarterback after a rough outing at Oklahoma State last week. In that game, Jared Barnett was replaced by Steele Jantz. Who takes over this week against Baylor? Whoever it is has to produce, or the Cyclones will get rolled against a powerful Bears offense.

8. Tackle the guy with the ball. Kansas runs the ball better than you'd think, and should provide a tougher test for Texas' defense than many expect. The Longhorns have missed more tackles than anybody in the Big 12 this season, and if that continues this week, it could be a tight game. Is Texas up to the task of slowing Kansas' running game?

9. That's your Boykin. Still improving? TCU's fan base has embraced freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin, who keeps looking better and better, despite a tough loss last week against Texas Tech. He'll go on the road against a questionable Oklahoma State defense, but he's coming off a pair of games with four touchdown passes. Can he keep it rolling? He's looking more mature and more refined every week.

10. Stay on the balance beam. Notre Dame has one of the nation's best rushing defenses, but Oklahoma has really established a fantastic balance these past couple weeks. Do the Sooners roll with Damien Williams and try to run at linebacker Manti Te'o and the Irish, or look to take more advantage of speed on the outside and spread the ball a little more than they would against Big 12 defenses accustomed to covering that type of scheme?

Big 12 power rankings: Week 9

October, 22, 2012
Here's how I slot the Big 12 after eight weeks of football.

1. Kansas State (7-0, 4-0 Big 12; last week: 1) The Wildcats are all alone in the driver's seat for the Big 12 title race, but Texas Tech could change that in a hurry next week if the Wildcats slip up. For now, though, it's going to be a fun week in the Little Apple with Collin Klein leading the Heisman race and K-State looking like a title contender.

2. Oklahoma (5-1, 3-1; last week: 2) If not for those two fumbles against K-State, would OU be the nation's No. 2 team? The Sooners have looked as good as, if not better than, any team in the country the past three weeks with wins by 21, 42 and 45 points in conference games. The Sooners need help to get back in the Big 12 title hunt, and even more for the national title hunt.

3. Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1; last week: 5) The Red Raiders are charging and are one of just three teams that control their Big 12 title destiny. The offense goes through dry spells, but the improved defense has given this team a chance in games all season long.

4. West Virginia (5-2, 2-2; last week: 3) West Virginia is sinking like a stone with two blowout losses in two weeks to good Big 12 teams. The Mountaineers aren't measuring up on defense, and now the offense looks like it has major issues. Just seven points on offense in Week 8, a week after scoring just 14 against Texas Tech? Trouble, trouble, trouble.

5. Texas (5-2, 2-2; last week: 4) Texas snapped a two-game losing streak and probably put to rest the questions (if only for awhile) about Mack Brown being on the hot seat. It's a silly debate at this point, fueled by frustration but with little basis in reality when you consider the losing streak consisted of just two games against then-top-15 teams. We'll see how the rest of the season plays out, but a big win for the Horns.

6. TCU (5-2, 2-2; last week: 6) The Frogs' resiliency impressed me against Texas Tech, but it's the same thing we've seen all season. TCU is playing on one foot with one hand tied behind its back right now when you consider the mountain of personnel losses but is still competing every week and is in position for a decent finish in the Big 12 in Year 1. Look out for this team next year. Devonte Fields, Trevone Boykin and LaDarius Brown are as good a freshman trio as you'll see in this league.

7. Oklahoma State (4-2, 2-1; last week: 9) OSU's stock could shoot through the roof in the weeks to come, with five ranked teams waiting on the schedule. The Pokes got their best victory of the season Saturday in their worst uniform combo, rolling over a good Iowa State team. Let's see those orange helmets with black jerseys.

8. Iowa State (4-3, 1-3; last week: 8) ISU didn't have the horses to hang with the Pokes. The quarterback issue is a major one at this point, and it's got to be even more troubling to see Sam Richardson isn't getting a shot. The bottom line: You can't count on Jared Barnett or Steele Jantz to consistently deliver accurate balls every week the way you can with most of the quarterbacks in this league. That's a problem, but the Cyclones' defense keeps them alive fairly often.

9. Baylor (3-3, 0-3; last week: 9) My gut says Baylor is better than this, but let's hear from the Bears when they win a Big 12 game. High-scoring wins over Louisiana-Monroe and SMU looked good at the time, but Baylor's not guaranteed a bowl berth this season, and the Bears join Kansas as the only Big 12 teams without a league win yet. BU will get a chance to end its three-game losing streak next week on the road versus Iowa State.

10. Kansas 1-6, 0-4; last week: 10) Kansas made the switch and let Michael Cummings get a shot under center, but it predictably had little effect on the outcome. Cummings completed 10 of 21 passes with a pair of picks in the loss to Oklahoma, and ran for just 21 yards on 12 carries. James Sims is still a bright spot, but the quarterback issues are killing the Jayhawks this year.

What to watch in the Big 12: Week 8

October, 18, 2012
Here's what I'm watching in the Big 12 this week:

1. What baseball-sized bruise? David Ash says he's playing, and he's practiced this week with a wrap on his left, non-throwing wrist. He can take snaps, too. Will we see Case McCoy start or play? And will Ash make it through the game without having to sit?

2. You want to be the Lunter, not the Lunted. Wes Lunt has been sidelined for more than a month now, and J.W. Walsh has played pretty well in his absence. Lunt is still "day-to-day" after suffering a knee injury against Louisiana-Lafayette, but is this the week he returns? Offensive coordinator Todd Monken and head coach Mike Gundy seemed to disagree on his availability last week. My guess is Lunt is back.

3. Shuffling the deck. Baylor struggled to run the ball against TCU last week, but now faces the league's worst rushing defense in Texas. Will we see a shuffle in the carry distribution, or will Jarred Salubi hang on to his status as the featured back? Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin will be nipping at his heels, too.

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Jerome Miron/US PresswireTCU quarterback Trevone Boykin next takes aim at Texas Tech, the Big 12's best defense.
4. Who's who, and which is which? Trevone Boykin threw three picks and fumbled in a frustrating loss to Iowa State, but last week we saw him look like a star against Baylor. The Bears' defense, though? Not strong. Texas Tech leads the Big 12 in total defense and will be a much tougher test. How much of last week's performance was Boykin, and how much was Baylor's defense's inability to cover?

5. Check your pants, sir. Meanwhile, at Kansas, Charlie Weis says he plans to play two quarterbacks against the Sooners. Michael Cummings provided a spark in a near comeback against Oklahoma State last week. Everyone saw it, including Weis. Can he do something similar in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, or was last week an aberration?

6. Running away from trouble. Iowa State's linebacker duo of Jake Knott and A.J. Klein can shut down Oklahoma State's running game, and did so last year. Kansas did the same and OSU couldn't beat the Jayhawks convincingly through the air. Iowa State's secondary is strong, led by Jacques Washington. If ISU shuts down the running game, this could be another upset in the making.

7. Accounts receiving ... losses. Texas Tech has one of the deepest receiving units in the league, but suffered major losses this week. Bradley Marquez and Javon Bell are out for the season and tight end Jace Amaro might not play after injuring his ribs against West Virginia. Can Seth Doege and the passing game still survive those hits and move on with business as usual? They'll get a tough test this week against TCU, which leads the nation with 14 interceptions.

8. Achilles' heel ... or ankle. Last week was pretty ugly for the Mountaineers, but was it just an aberration? I'm betting yes, but they'll have to prove it against a very good, very sound Kansas State defense that was shown a way to slow this offense last week when Texas Tech stuffed WVU. Star receiver Stedman Bailey missed the second half last week with an ankle injury and is "day-to-day" this week. Will he even play? And if he does, will he be healthy? When he was out, Tech was able to shut down Tavon Austin. Can K-State do the same?

9. Make sure you've got your contacts in. Oklahoma suited up for the most meaningful game of its season last week against Texas. On Oct. 27, one of college football's most storied programs comes to Norman, likely without a loss on its record. This week ... it's 1-5 Kansas, which hasn't beaten an FBS team this season. Do the Sooners keep their focus and still look sharp, avoiding a letdown ahead of Notre Dame's visit?

10. Those last plays are important, guys. Geno Smith won't throw picks to anybody these days. WVU's not fumbling all that much, either. You want to stop WVU from scoring? Getting fourth-down stops is one of your best bets. How will K-State do? Dana Holgorsen doesn't trust his kicker and loves to roll the dice on fourth down. That stat may just decide the K-State game. WVU was 5-of-5 against Texas and won. It was 2-of-7 last week against Texas Tech and got blasted by five touchdowns. A fourth-down stop isn't listed as a turnover on the stat sheet, but it's just as good.

Big 12 power rankings: Week 8

October, 15, 2012
Well, Week 7 in the Big 12 was a mess, but here's how I slot the league after this week's topsy-turvy results.

1. Kansas State (6-0, 3-0, last week: 2) Kansas State got a big win on the road at Iowa State as the teams below it in last week's rankings crumbled. Texas and West Virginia are on the schedule, but if only we knew what would happen if the Sooners and Cats played head-to-head! Life is good for the Big 12's last remaining undefeated squad.

2. Oklahoma (4-1, 2-1, last week: 3) The Sooners have turned on the afterburners the past two weeks with a pair of blowout wins against good Texas and Texas Tech teams. K-State's win in Norman was huge, but it might have been bad news for the rest of the Big 12. The Sooners look like an awakened giant.

3. West Virginia (5-1, 2-1, last week: 1) WVU falls to No. 3 this week, but there's nowhere else for the Mountaineers to fall, despite getting sufficiently humbled by Texas Tech in Lubbock. The offense had better figure out what went wrong and fix it quick. There's no time for the offense to feel sorry for itself. K-State is on the way this week.

4. Texas (4-2, 1-2, last week: 4) The Longhorns were humbled, as well, but the two teams below them on last week's power rankings didn't look sharp, so Tech slides up to the No. 5 spot and Texas has nowhere to fall. The Longhorns better hope Case McCoy is ready. David Ash's wrist didn't look good, and the hard truth is that Ash has largely carried this team to 4-2.

5. Texas Tech (5-1, 2-1, last week: 7) Texas Tech is the week's second-biggest mover. The Red Raiders' résumé is solid with wins over West Virginia and Iowa State, with the lone loss coming to an Oklahoma team that's playing as well as any team in the Big 12. Great stuff from the defense against the Mountaineers on Saturday.

6. TCU (5-1, 2-1, last week: 9) TCU makes a big jump here with one of the week's best wins. Baylor looked like a good team, and TCU looked like it was in a whole lot of trouble after getting run out of its own stadium by Iowa State. Not this week. Trevone Boykin bounced back and, suddenly, TCU's hopes for the rest of the season look pretty buoyed.

7. Baylor (3-2, 0-2, last week: 5) Baylor's in the frustrating spot of being 0-2 in Big 12 play and now has to play a Texas team reeling from an embarrassing loss of its own. BU's offense turned it over six times against TCU and forced zero. The Bears have a great offense, but no offense can do that and still win a game.

8. Iowa State (4-2, 1-2, last week: 8) ISU offered a valiant effort against Kansas State and nearly pulled off another huge win in Ames, but Kansas State's late-game execution was too much. The Cyclones' Jared Barnett looked pretty average against K-State, but the defense is better than everybody in the Big 12 except Oklahoma.

9. Oklahoma State (3-2, 1-1, last week: 6) Oklahoma State is probably better than this, but show me the proof. A five-point loss to Texas? A six-point win over KU? Torching Louisiana-Lafayette? The Cowboys have the worst résumé of wins of any team in the Big 12. Gotta earn your way up in a league this tight from top to bottom. Wes Lunt might be back this week. That helps.

10. Kansas (1-5, 0-3, last week: 10) The Jayhawks came pretty close this week, but a late roughing-the-punter call killed the drama in Lawrence. Will Charlie Weis pull the trigger and start Michael Cummings next week? What, exactly, would he have to lose by doing so? Kansas doesn't have a win over an FBS team this season.

Kansas puts a scare into Oklahoma State

October, 13, 2012
Oklahoma State and Kansas had a little bit of everything -- a rain delay, a quarterback change, a back-breaking penalty -- but the Cowboys survived, 20-14, on a rainy, stormy afternoon in Lawrence.

The Cowboys led 20-0 in the fourth quarter after a 42-yard Quinn Sharp field goal, but Michael Cummings stepped in for Dayne Crist (10-of-22, 136 yards) and led a pair of touchdown drives, capping one with a 21-yard strike to Jimmay Mundine.

KU needed only two plays to score from 73 yards out on the next drive. James Sims broke a 28-yard run and the Cowboys added 15 yards on the end with a personal foul penalty. Sims broke free for a 30-yard score on the next play to bring the Jayhawks to within 20-14.

Have to think this will ignite a quarterback debate in Lawrence over the next week. Cummings finished 5-of-10 for 75 yards and a score and clearly sparked the offense.

Did Oklahoma State think it was over? Regardless of what the Cowboys thought, it sure looks like that was the case. The game suffered a delay because of weather late in the first quarter, but a subdued atmosphere provided the stage for a near sneak-attack from the Jayhawks, who lost to Kansas State by 40 a week ago.

KU had one final shot late after forcing a three-and-out, but a questionable roughing the punter penalty in the final minutes sealed the game for Oklahoma State.

It was sloppy, no doubt, but Kansas has to be encouraged by Saturday's result. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State sounds about ready to get Wes Lunt back as soon as possible. Lunt made the trip and dressed for Saturday's game, but didn't play after injuring his knee earlier this season against Louisiana. J.W. Walsh completed 18 of 30 passes for 255 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

What happened to Joseph Randle, too? KU entered the game giving up 5.58 yards a carry, good for 117th in the FBS. Oklahoma State's offense averaged nearly 7.0 yards a carry, No. 1 in the FBS. Today, Randle carried 29 times for 81 yards, fewer than 3.0 yards a carry. That's got to be a bit troubling.

Lackluster all around from the Cowboys, who didn't break a scoreless tie until the 7:34 mark of the second quarter.

Still, OSU moved to 3-2 and host Iowa State next week.
Today is all about the QBs here at, and here's a look at each of the quarterback races in the Big 12.


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Nelson Chenault/US PresswireJerome Tiller is expected to open as Iowa State's starting QB.
The safe bet: Jerome Tiller. Tiller, a junior, has filled in for Austen Arnaud much of the past two seasons, but struggled late last season after Arnaud suffered a season-ending knee injury. Tiller quarterbacked a win at Nebraska in 2009, but didn't look much improved in the game time he earned in 2010.

The wild card: Steele Jantz. Jantz is a speedy transfer from junior college in California who also arrived at Iowa State with his top receiver from the City College of San Francisco, Aaron Horne. Jantz will have to keep learning the offense, but can he inject life into the offense with his legs like Taylor Martinez did for Nebraska? Iowa State's version of The Decision is set for Aug. 20. Who will be taking their talents under center at Jack Trice Stadium? Give me the underdog in this race.

The dark horse: Jared Barnett. James Capello, a fourth contender, transferred, but Paul Rhoads says Barnett still has a chance. Can he make enough noise in fall camp to make that a reality?


The heavy favorite: Jordan Webb. Webb started seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2010, and appeared to take control during the summer, but he struggled last season. He should learn from experience, too. Last year's opening-day starter, Kale Pick, is now a receiver. Webb will almost certainly get the call for the season opener, but if he doesn't improve, that could change fast.

The underdog: Quinn Mecham. Mecham started four of the final five games for the Jayhawks, but the senior and junior college transfer might not be the best long-term option for Kansas. Webb learning on the go could pay off in the future, while any lessons Mecham learns will be out the door after the season. Mecham as the backup might be a better role for the team's greater good.

The wild cards: Brock Berglund and Michael Cummings, a pair of true freshmen. Cummings enters with a bit less talent but much less baggage. Berglund was a blue-chip recruit from Colorado, but legal issues stemming from an April assault charge have him spending much more time back home than anticipated. Berglund also missed summer voluntary workouts because of the charge and went back to Colorado before spring practice began, despite enrolling at Kansas in January, a semester earlier than the rest of the freshman class. Expect a redshirt for one of the two, but the two quarterbacks in front of them haven't exactly set the bar high. If the favorites struggle, don't be surprised to see Cummings or Berglund get a chance.


The heavy favorite: Collin Klein. Coach Bill Snyder has already given Klein the status as Day 1 starter, but the Wildcats have played two quarterbacks before under Snyder, and Klein's backups could benefit from a similar strategy this season. The only rumors surrounding Klein are those of vast development during the summer, but he'll have to prove it during fall camp and early in the season to get a stranglehold on the job.

The hype man: Justin Tuggle. Tuggle replaced Cam Newton at Blinn Junior College and transferred to Kansas State before spring practice after originally playing for Boston College out of high school. Tuggle sounded like a strong contender entering spring practice, but didn't make it happen. We'll see if his status changes during fall camp.

The backup plan: Sammuel Lamur. Lamur was the No. 3 quarterback last season, and took over the No. 2 spot on the depth chart ahead of Tuggle during the spring. We haven't seen much of Lamur during his career, but this might be the year.


The favorite: Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert, despite his struggles in 2010, never got pulled and started all 12 games for the Longhorns. He looked unimpressive in the spring game, but indications from his teammates are that he's embodied the leadership aspect of the job, something coach Mack Brown covets. That might earn Gilbert the job, but if he doesn't look like a vastly different player this season, he'll lose it.

The wild card: Case McCoy. McCoy, the younger brother of that other McCoy kid you might have heard of, has taken on a bit of a fan-favorite role after his performance in the spring game, when he outplayed Gilbert. Despite his good numbers in the spring game, however, he looked uncomfortable and must make up for his lack of experience to oust Gilbert for the reins of the offense.

The mystery man: Connor Wood. Wood is a former high school All-American, but redshirted in 2010 and played sparingly in the spring game. Outside of a few snaps in spring, no one outside the locker room has had much of a chance to see Wood play, but if he starts making noise during fall camp, you'll hear it.

The young gun: David Ash. Coaches lauding true freshman quarterbacks in the spring is rare, but Ash arrived in Austin early and got a lot of compliments from the new Longhorns coaches. He's the long shot in this race, and Brown apologized to him for not getting him enough snaps in the spring game, but the coaches indicate he's still alive in the race.