Big 12 Rap up
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Sept. 16, 2007, 1:10AM
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• Florida State 16, Colorado 6— The altitude didn't bother the Seminoles in their first foray into Colorado as they beat the Buffaloes at Boulder behind Gary Cismesia's three field goals.
Colorado was in danger of getting shut out for the first time since Nov. 12, 1988, at Nebraska, until Cody Hawkins found tight end Tyson DeVree in the back of the end zone on fourth-and-10 from Florida State's 11-yard line with 3:40 remaining.
That was the latest the Buffs had scored in their 225-game scoring streak -- the longest in the Big 12. Colorado's last whitewash at home was a 28-0 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 15, 1986.
After the score, the Buffs went for two points, but Hawkins' throw was high, and Richard Goodman recovered the onside kick for the Seminoles, who avoided their first 1-2 start since 1989.
Colorado lost senior cornerback Terrence Wheatley to a knee injury late in the game. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury.
• Iowa State 15, Iowa 13 — Bret Culbertson tied a school record with five field goals, the last a 28-yarder with 1 second left, as the Cyclones upset the Hawkeyes at Ames, Iowa., for coach Gene Chizik's first win at ISU.
The victory was Iowa State's fourth in five tries at home against Iowa. The Cyclones have taken seven of the last 10 from their instate rival.
Bret Meyer found third-string quarterback Phillip Bates, lined up at wide receiver, isolated on Hawkeyes linebacker Mike Klinkenborg late in the game. Meyer's 38-yard pass to Bates put the Cyclones at the Iowa 17.
Iowa State milked the clock, allowing Culbertson a chance to seal the win. Culbertson, who hit an upright earlier on a 47-yard try, split the uprights to complete a remarkable turnaround for the Cyclones.
Iowa State had opened the season with home losses to Kent State and Northern Iowa of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division 1-AA).
• Missouri 52, Western Michigan 24 — Jeremy Maclin racked up 275 total yards and scored two touchdowns, and Tony Temple scored twice as the Tigers beat the Broncos at Columbia, Mo.
Missouri's Chase Daniel threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, completing 27 of 46 passes for 328 yards.
As it did in victories against Illinois and Mississippi, the Tigers built a big first-half lead — going up 31-3 — before withstanding a second-half comeback that briefly cut the lead to 14.
But Missour's defense stopped Western Michigan when it counted, including a fourth-and-goal from the 6 midway through the fourth quarter.
• Kansas State 61, Missouri State 10 — Jordy Nelson set school records with 15 receptions for 209 yards, catching one touchdown pass and throwing another in the Wildcats' blowout over the Bears at Manhattan, Kan.
James Johnson ran for 114 yards and three TDs for Kansas State, which scored touchdowns on its first three possessions against the Bears and opened the second half with three straight TD drives and a punt return for a score.
Deon Murphy caught Nelson's touchdown pass on a trick play and returned a punt 80 yards early in the fourth quarter for a 54-10 lead.
• Kansas 45, Toledo 13 — Todd Reesing threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns, raising his three-game total to 831 yards and 10 scores, as the Jayhawks downed the winless Rockets at Lawrence, Kan. Reesing is 49-for-87 in three games as a starter, all blowout wins, and has not thrown an interception.
Looking forward to CFH magic for the next bball season, Georges style.