Kansas State offensive coordinator Dana Dimel has been named the head football coach at UTEP. Dimel has previous head-coaching experience at Houston and Wyoming.
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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
UTEP is hiring Kansas State offensive coordinator Dana Dimel as its next coach. Dimel's name emerged late in the process, I'm told. The former Wyoming and Houston coach has been at Kansas State since 2009. The two sides are figuring out when Dimel will start as Kansas State plays in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 26.
The Sooners are going to the playoff, and several other Big 12 teams are going bowling. Here's how the conference shakes out.
With its impressive victory against West Virginia, a matchup against TCU is the last hurdle for Oklahoma in its quest for another conference title.
One of the weekend's biggest win-probability swings occurred when Kansas State freshman QB Skylar Thompson led an 87-yard drive that ended with the game-winning TD in the Wildcats' 20-19 victory over Iowa State.
Skylar Thompson scrambled from pressure and threw a touchdown pass to Isaiah Zuber on the final play of the game, giving Kansas State a stunning 20-19 victory over Iowa State on Saturday night.
The Horned Frogs need a win over Baylor on Friday to set up their rematch with the Sooners for the Big 12 championship.
Kansas State will have to rely on freshman QB Skylar Thompson on Saturday against Iowa State, with QB Jesse Ertz out the rest of the season due to knee surgery and backup Alex Delton still out after two concussions.
Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer
Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz will officially miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Bill Snyder said Ertz would have surgery. Ertz was the starter in K-State's first five games, but has not played since Oct. 7.
Pringle leads Big 12 standouts
The fun didn't stop for K-State's Byron Pringle on Saturday, as he racked up four scores en route to the conference's offensive award. Texas' Gary Johnson earned a nod on defense, with a pair of Cyclones rounding out the group.
Thompson made his second career start this week, leading Kansas State to 45 points in its upset of No. 13 Oklahoma State. He beat the Cowboys with the long ball and his legs.
D'Eriq Week 12's QBR King
D'Eriq King completed 18 of 26 passes for 225 yards and rushed for 141 in Houston's loss to Tulane for Week 12's best QBR performance. Riley Ferguson, Lamar Jackson, Skylar Thompson and Kelly Bryant posted impressive QBRs as well.
Wildcats pace top game scores of Week 12
Kansas State posted the best game score of the week after defeating Oklahoma State 45-40. Purdue's upset of Iowa puts the Boilermakers at No. 2 on the list, followed by Texas and TCU.
In a week where the power rankings mostly stayed pat, Oklahoma remained in complete control of everything in the Big 12.
While the teams in the New Year's Six bowls stayed the same, some minor upsets caused some major changes in the rest of the updated bowl matchups.
Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer
K-State's Byron Pringle became the first Big 12 player ever to score three receiving TDs and a kick return TD in a single game, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Byron Pringle caught three touchdown passes and returned a kickoff for another score to help Kansas State stun No. 10 Oklahoma State 45-40 on Saturday.