Big 12 notes: Gundy gives high praise to TCU defense

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More information Big 12 Players of the Week Offense QB Davis Webb, Texas Tech: The true freshman threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns in his first-career start in the Red Raiders’ 42-35 win over Iowa State. It’s the most passing yards for a Big 12 quarterback this season. Defense DT Chris Whaley, Texas: He had four tackles and helped Texas hold Oklahoma to 130 yards rushing in the Longhorns’ 36-20 win. His 31-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Texas a 10-3 lead. Special teams KR/PR Jarvis West, Iowa State: His 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the third-longest in Cyclone history as ISU lost to Texas Tech 42-35. West also had a 38-yard punt return in the third quarter. Quotable “We’re going to be ready for their ‘A’ game because I’m sure they’re not in the happiest of spirits right now.” — Kansas coach Charlie Weis on playing the Sooners after they lost to Texas “You start circling who you got to stop and you end up with a whole page of players.” — Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads on stopping Baylor’s offense “I think there’s a lot of parity in this league. I’ve said this for a number of years now. It’s increasing each season. You’ll see more close games that could go either way in this league than we’ve ever seen before.” — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy

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Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy heaped thick praise upon TCU’s defense Monday, calling the Horned Frogs’ as physical as any team the Cowboys have played in 2013.

Gundy is most impressed with TCU’s pass coverage, including All-America cornerback Jason Verrett.

“They’re athletic and they play tight,” Gundy said. “They’re in the right positions. They run to the football and they tackle well. They have good coverage skills on the perimeter. They’re athletic. They play up tight. They like to press and run with you, sometimes in zone, sometimes in man. They have good flexibility. They can turn their heads and run. They’ve covered really well this season.”

The Frogs (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) play at OSU (4-1, 1-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday. TCU is second in the Big 12 in total defense, allowing 328 yards a game. The Cowboys are fifth in the league, allowing 361 yards a game and fourth in scoring defense at 20 points per game. TCU is fifth in scoring defense at 21.3 points per game.

Gundy said this year’s TCU team is similar to the one the Cowboys beat 36-14 a year ago in Stillwater, Okla.

“Defensively strong and having success,” he said. “Their offense is a run-pass attack based on the way the defense is attacking them.”

Baylor’s RB duo

Running back Lache Seastrunk was a one-man show for much of Baylor’s first three games. But teammate Glasco Martin is back from an injury and led the Bears with 70 yards rushing against Kansas State, including a game-clinching 21-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Martin gives Baylor another dynamic to compliment the speedy Seastrunk. In the two games Martin has played full time, he has 133 yards and three scores on 28 carries after getting only nine carries in the first three games.

“He is a guy who plays with a lot of energy and a lot of passion,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. “We need him. We were a little concerned earlier in the year when we didn’t have him because we knew we’d get into situations where we had to bang it out and we needed a guy who could do it.”

As if the Baylor offense needed another weapon, Martin gives them a bruiser who can milk the clock late in games, a scenario the fast-paced Baylor offense faced against K-State.

“Three-point lead with the ball and you need first downs,” Briles said. “He’s done it before. He’s critical to us offensively and just the team in general.”

Key stat

199 Yards rushing on 30 carries for Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams, both career-highs, in the Wildcats’ loss to Baylor.


• The Big 12 suspended Baylor receiver Corey Coleman for the first half of the Bears’ game against Iowa State on Saturday for an illegal hit against a Kansas State player. League commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release that after reviewing the play it was determined “targeting should have been called.”

• Kliff Kingsbury is the first Texas Tech coach to win his first six games.

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

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