Some encouraging results provided an upbeat opening weekend in the Big 12. Oklahoma State and West Virginia had narrow losses against the nation’s top two ranked teams, Florida State and Alabama. The cold water came Monday with injury reports.
Texas will have a new center-quarterback exchange for Saturday’s game against Brigham Young. Coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback David Ash would miss action after suffering concussion-like symptoms in the Longhorns’ 38-7 victory over North Texas on Saturday.
“We would never jeopardize a young man’s health for the good of the football team,” Strong said.
Also, center Dom Espinosa suffered a broken right ankle and is lost for the season. Espinosa is a fifth-year senior who has 40 career starts.
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Iowa State wide receiver Quenton Bundrage, who led the Cyclones in receptions last year, also will miss the season after suffering a torn ACL in Saturday’s 34-14 loss to North Dakota State.
Last year, Bundrage had 48 receptions for 676 yards and nine touchdowns. The injury occurred in the first quarter Saturday.
That’s also when Iowa State lost center Tom Farniok, perhaps the Cyclones’ most important player, to a knee injury. But Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads said he expected Farniok to play Saturday when Kansas State visits.
Another injury from the weekend sounded worse than it appears to be. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty suffered an injured back — he cracked two transverse processes — in Sunday’s 45-0 victory over SMU. Petty said the injury occurred at the end of a 16-yard run on the Bears’ first series.
Baylor confirmed the injury, and no treatment is required. Petty didn’t play in the second half.
“I couldn’t really plant and throw well enough,” Petty said after the game. “It was messing with me the whole first half. It just got to the point where it was hard to stand up.”
It’s not considered a serious injury. Petty will receive treatment and although he’s considered day-to-day, he said he expects to play Saturday against Northwestern State.
The Longhorns’ Strong said he thought Ash’s injury occurred in the first quarter Saturday while he was trying to recover a bobbled snap, but Ash appeared fine and continued to play. After the game, Ash said he had headaches and dizziness and returned to the football building to be evaluated.
“I don’t know if he was hiding it, but he’s a competitor,” Strong said.
That also pushed Ash’s playing future into uncertainty. He suffered concussions last year, missed 10 games and was granted a medical redshirt season.
Tyrone Swoopes, a heralded member of the 2013 recruiting class, will step in for Ash. He played sparingly in six games last season and got in for two kneel-down plays on Saturday.
RANKING THE BIG 12
Team (previous rank)
Nice opener for RB Keith Ford (117 yards, 2 TDs)
2. Baylor (2)
Couldn’t have scripted better opening for McLane Stadium
3. Kansas State (3)
at Iowa State
Look for Tyler Lockett to become more involved
4. Oklahoma State (4)
Tyreek Hill opened eyes nationally
Longhorns need Tyrone Swoopes to be a game manager
6.West Virginia (8)
Mario Alford’s kickoff return was electrifying
Trevone Boykin is the starting QB, but Matt Joeckel will play
8.Texas Tech (7)
Kingsbury said Red Raiders weren’t prepared for Central Arkansas
9.Iowa State (9)
Can wipe out opening loss with upset victory
Southeast Missouri St.
Redhawks won opener 77-0