The wishbone formation on Texas' first play honored the memory of former coach Darrell Royal. The sound whipping of an overmatched opponent looked like a result straight out of Royal's days on the sideline as well.
David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and No. 19 Texas rolled over visiting Iowa State 33-7 on an emotional day when the university paid tribute to the coach who won two national championships, a share of a third and 11 Southwest Conference titles from 1957 to 1976. Royal died Wednesday at age 88.
"Bless his heart. We miss him," said Texas coach Mack Brown, who was very close to Royal and said he "sat on the floor and cried" when he learned Royal had passed.
Brown had announced Wednesday his team would honor Royal by lining up in the wishbone for the first play. That Texas (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) uncorked a pitch-back reverse pass for 47 yards caught everyone by surprise and conjured memories of the "Right 53 Veer Pass" that Royal used to beat Arkansas in 1969 in the "Game of the Century."
"Maybe we had a little intervention from up above on that one," Brown said.
Cornhuskers rally again: For the second straight week and fourth time this season, 18th-ranked Nebraska overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit to win, this time a 32-23 win over Penn State. This time they came from 14 points down to beat Penn State 32-23, with Taylor Martinez throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner early in the fourth quarter for Nebraska's first lead.
"We've got a lot of heart," Martinez said, "and we know we can come back from anything."
The turning point, according to Penn State, was a fumble in the middle of the fourth quarter with Nebraska leading 27-23. PSU tight end Matt Lehman was ruled to have fumbled into the end zone before the ball crossed the goal line. Nebraska recovered, and the call was confirmed on video review.
Caught on tape: A video of Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville appearing to slap a graduate assistant went viral on the Internet even as the No. 25 Red Raiders were still playing Kansas on Saturday. The third-year coach downplayed what appeared to be an outburst on the sideline in the third quarter of Texas Tech's 41-34 victory in double overtime, saying he didn't mean to hit graduate assistant Kevin Oliver.
"It wasn't anything to it," he said. "It was just one of those deals where I missed his shoulder and ended up grabbing the microphone on his head set and pulled it off." Footage shows Tuberville facing Oliver, who oversees special teams. The coach appears to use his left hand to strike Oliver on the right side of his face. Oliver's headset and ball cap fall off. It happened when the Red Raiders seemed to have difficulty getting the right personnel on the field.
Stoops No. 2 Sooner: Bob Stoops passed Bud Wilkinson on Oklahoma's career victory list in the 14th-ranked Sooners' 42-34 win over Baylor. Wilkinson was 145-29-4 and won three national championships with the Sooners. At 146-36, Stoops trails only Barry Switzer's 157-29-4 record.
Cardinals' perfect season gone: Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards and Syracuse (5-5, 4-2 Big East) handed No. 11 Louisville (9-1, 4-1) its first loss of the season with a 45-26 setback.