I’m in Kansas City where it’s currently snowing and 14 degrees. Sitting on my back porch watching Big 12 football in September and October feels like years ago. Sure there are some good Big 12 basketball games this weekend, notably Baylor at Kansas, but I still long for some warmer weather and the pigskin.
So it’s time to look back at the best Big 12 football games from the 2019 season.
Editor’s note: We are keeping to conference games only and will rank from No. 10 to No. 1.
No. 10: Texas 36, Oklahoma State 30
This game was very underrated early in the season back when it still looked like Texas was a Big 12 contender. There were exciting fourth down attempts (OSU stuffed inside the Texas five-yard line), fake field goals and plenty of turnovers. The Tom Herman vs. Mike Gundy match up has been one to look forward to each fall in the Big 12.
No. 9 Kansas 37, Texas Tech 34
This game would be ranked higher if either team was any good. But since it was two of the worst teams in the conference, we can’t have it too high on the list. But it was Texas Tech who blew a 17-0 lead early in the game and went on to lose on the road 37-34, giving Les Miles his first Big 12 win at Kansas. And in terms of arguably the most wild finish of the season? Yep, that might have been this game.
No. 8: Baylor 23, Iowa State 21
This was the first Big 12 game for these two teams and in many ways would go on to define each team’s respective seasons. Close wins for Baylor. Close losses for Iowa State. Baylor blew a 20-0 lead in the fourth quarter, but a late field goal gave the Bears the win and was a sign of things to come in Waco in 2019.
No. 7 Texas 50, Kansas 48
Texas avoided disaster in this game as the Longhorns got the ball down one point with 1:11 left to play when Sam Ehlinger drove his team down the field as Cameron Dicker hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. It was a frantic fourth quarter that saw the teams exchange six touchdowns, two field goals and a blocked extra point for a 2-point safety. But the game was not without some clock controversy.
No. 6 Baylor 33, Texas Tech 30
Baylor was backed up to the one-yard line after a sack and needed a field goal in the final two minutes to keep their winning streak alive and Charlie Brewer did just that in a game that also had plenty of controversy. Then this one ended up in double overtime, where Baylor eventually picked up the win. It was also a game that in many ways defined both team’s season, as Texas Tech lost plenty of close games and Baylor made a living on close wins in 2019.
No. 5 Kansas State 48, Oklahoma 41
It was the upset of the year in the Big 12 as the Wildcats got a win that defined Chris Klieman’s first season in Manhattan. At one point Kansas State had a 41-23 lead before the Sooners came roaring back, but ultimately the Wildcats held on, thanks in part to a somewhat controversial call during the onsides kick in the final couple of minutes of the game.
No. 4 Baylor 29, TCU 23
Baylor needed three overtimes to move to 9-0 and beat the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. Oh, and there was the 51-yard field goal it needed in regulation just to get to those overtimes. The Bears were then celebrating after the first overtime, thinking the game was over before a replay review gave TCU a touchdown on an incredible leaping catch. But it wasn’t until the Grayland Arnold interception in the end zone in the third overtime that sealed the win for the Bears.
No. 3 Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 41
The Sooners held a 35-14 halftime lead over the Cyclones and some OU fans decided they would go home as the second half wore on. That was a mistake. Iowa State came storming back in the second half and outscored Oklahoma 27-7 in the final 30 minutes. But then Matt Campbell went for the win in the final minutes after Iowa State scored a touchdown to trail 42-41. Parnell Motley intercepted Brock Purdy on that play as OU held on for a win.
No. 2 Oklahoma 34, Baylor 31
Baylor looked like it was about to take over as the top team in the Big 12 Conference. The Bears jumped out to a 31-10 halftime lead over the Sooners at home, but OU would go on to outscore Baylor 24-0 in the second half to pick up the win and hand the Bears their first loss of the season. Gabe Brkic kicked through a 31-yard field goal for the win with 1:45 left to play and win the game
No. 1 Oklahoma 30, Baylor 23
The game had a College Football Playoff berth on the line and it was the first Big 12 Championship Game to go to overtime. Baylor had to use two back up quarterbacks in this game and almost pulled off the upset against OU, who won its fifth straight Big 12 Championship. It was a game that defined a thrilling season in the Big 12, which had a ton of close games, but this one takes the cake.
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