Mayfield earns Big 12 honor, a first for Texas Tech since Kingsbury in ‘99

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More information Big 12 Players of the Week Offense QB Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech: The true freshman walk-on completed 43 of 60 attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 41-23 win at SMU. Defense LB Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State: The senior from Celina High School had 11 tackles, including two for a loss, in the Cowboys’ 21-3 win against Mississippi State. Special teams RB/KR B.J. Catalon, TCU: The sophomore returned a kickoff 100 yards and led the Frogs with 52 yards rushing on eight carries, including a 26-yard scoring run. Quotable “Yeah, they’ve made some changes, unfortunately for us.” — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen on Oklahoma’s defense, which shut out Louisiana-Monroe “As soon as you put the film on ... it takes about one play to figure out who their guy is.” — Baylor coach Art Briles on Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack “I say you better be careful who you schedule. You can get beat on any given weekend.” — Texas coach Mack Brown on FCS upsets the first week

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Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after passing for 413 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-23 win at SMU.

The true freshman walk-on broke the record for most completions (43 of 60) by a quarterback in a career debut.

The last Texas Tech freshman quarterback to earn Big 12 honors? Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury in 1999.

Kingsbury said expected starter Michael Brewer, who has been sidelined with a back injury, is still day-to-day but is expected to practice soon.

Mayfield will most likely start against Stephen F. Austin, but Kingsbury declined to name him the starter. He said the administration is still working on trying to get Mayfield on scholarship. Football Bowl Subdivision teams are allowed 85 scholarships. After watching film with Mayfield, Kingsbury said he hopes his young quarterback learns to be less reckless with the ball.

“He sees how much room there is to improve, which is exciting,” Kingsbury said. “He did some good things moving the ball but there were a lot of negatives, too. And he knows that.”

FCS lumps

Two Big 12 teams lost openers to Football Championship Subdivision teams and a third was given a scare by William & Mary. Kansas State’s Friday loss to North Dakota State, the two-time reigning FCS champion, and Iowa State’s Saturday loss to Northern Iowa doesn’t help the league’s profile. West Virginia was able to hold off William & Mary 24-17 but had to come back to do it.

“It obviously grabs your attention,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “It happens every single year. We were able to get tested and still come out with a win. I don’t worry too much about it. It’s all about the finished product.”

K-State coach Bill Snyder said NDSU played the type of game that his Wildcats are known for, with a ball control, mistake-free offense and a tough defense.

“We have a lot of improvements to make, I think that’s very obvious,” Snyder said. “We weren’t as physical as we needed to be on both sides of the ball up front.”

Gundy goes with Walsh

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said former Denton Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh is his starter against UT San Antonio. He doesn’t expect to use Clint Chelf, who started and was replaced by Walsh in the team’s opener against Mississippi State.

“Not right now,” Gundy said. “I'm not a fan of the two-quarterback system.”

Walsh had a career-high 125 yards rushing after replacing Chelf in the first half.

Briefly

• Former Flower Mound quarterback Paul Millard will start for West Virginia against Oklahoma, but Clint Trickett will still get reps with the first team. “More than likely we’re going to need Trickett at some point,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said.

• Iowa State opens its 2014 season against North Dakota State, which beat Kansas State on Friday. The Cyclones lost their opener to Northern Iowa.

• Texas’ 715 yards of total offense against New Mexico State set a school record, eclipsing the 692 yards gained against Rice in 1998.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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