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COLLEGE FOOTBALL / WEEK 9 | BIG 12

A Very Slick Effort by West, Missouri

November 01, 1998|From Associated Press

Missouri's Devin West kept his hands dry and footing firm in a rain-soaked game, and it helped give No. 18 Missouri a road victory.

He powered through Texas Tech's defensive line, swept to the outside for big gains and darted into the end zone three times as the Tigers defeated Texas Tech, 28-26, Saturday at Lubbock, Texas.

West gained 133 yards and was the first running back in 12 games to run for more than 100 yards against Texas Tech. He said the game was a breakthrough for the Tigers, whose offense has struggled lately.

West and the Tigers were given plenty of help by the mistake-prone Red Raiders, who still almost forced overtime.

With the Tigers, 6-2 overall, 2-1 in the Big 12, ahead, 28-20, with 1:05 left, backup Matt Tittle threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Allamon. But a two-point conversion attempt failed and an onside kick was recovered by Missouri.

Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes said the turnovers were the difference.

"When you have that happen it takes all of the wind out of your sails," Dykes said. "Maybe I am crazy. I admire the team for coming back."

Missouri turned three Texas Tech fumbles into touchdowns.

Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3) has lost three consecutive games.

No. 4 Kansas State 54, Kansas 6--Michael Bishop scored two touchdowns and amassed 320 yards of offense and Martin Gramatica kicked a school-record four field goals, leading the Wildcats (8-0, 5-0) to a rain-drenched rout of the Jayhawks at Lawrence, Kan.

The Wildcats, 8-0 for the first time in their history, totaled 556 yards despite the cold rain that fell throughout the game.

For the second consecutive week, Kansas quarterback Zac Wegner was knocked out of the game because of a concussion suffered on the Jayhawks' second possession.

Former walk-on Jay Alexander, who rallied Kansas to a 33-17 victory over then-No. 17 Colorado last week, was overwhelmed along with the rest of the Jayhawks by a Kansas State unit ranked No. 1, 2 and 4 nationally in scoring, rushing defense and total defense. The Jayhawks (3-6, 1-6) had only 44 yards in 48 plays.

David Winbush, who had 268 yards against Colorado, had only 19 yards in 14 carries.

No. 8 Texas A&M 17, Oklahoma State 6--Chris Taylor caught a touchdown pass and set up another score with a long kickoff return and the Aggies got another strong defensive effort in the victory at Stillwater, Okla.

The Aggies (8-1, 5-0) won their eighth in a row despite losing tailback Dante Hall and quarterback Randy McCown because of shoulder injuries.

Hall, averaging a team-high 94 yards a game rushing, left in the first half after carrying three times, but fullback Ja'Mar Toombs supplied 111 yards in 23 carries.

Oklahoma State (3-5, 2-4) managed only two first-half field goals and went nowhere in the second half.

Oklahoma 17, Iowa State 14--Jake Sills threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Williams with 1:12 to play as the Sooners (3-5, 1-4) rallied to defeat the Cyclones at Norman, Okla., for their first Big 12 victory.

Running back Darren Davis scored both touchdowns for the Cyclones (2-6, 0-6).

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