Who's hot and not in the Big 12
September, 16, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here a look at some of hottest players in the Big 12 and others who are currently slumping.
Missouri running game: The Tigers produced 181 yards rushing last week against Bowling Green, compared to 172 passing yards. It marked the first time Missouri had rushed for more yards than it passed for since the 2008 Cotton Bowl.
Nebraska WR Niles Paul: He produced career-high totals of six receptions for 69 yards. He also had a 30-yard TD run off a reverse and had a 70-yard TD reception called back by a penalty against Arkansas State.
Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles: He snagged seven balls for 155 yards and three scores, all in the first half, against Idaho State. He also returned three punts for 50 yards, providing the Sooners with a boost in special teams.
Kansas’ offensive line: The group has allowed only one sack this season and has helped the Jayhawks become one of only three teams to rank among the top 25 nationally in scoring, rushing offense, passing offense and scoring offense. The others are Florida and Texas A&M.
Best friends Taylor Potts and Lyle Leong: Potts rifled seven TD passes to lead Texas Tech to a 55-10 thumping of Rice. Three of the scoring tosses went to his best friend since elementary school, Lyle Leong, who had his second three-TD game in his career.
Oklahoma State’s backup running backs: Keith Toston and Beau Johnson rushed for 148 yards and averaged 8 eight yards a carry after Kendall Hunter went down with an ankle injury.
Oklahoma's defense: The Sooners didn't allow a first-half first down and only six first downs and 44 total yards for the game. The Sooners tied the school record with 17 tackles for loss, produced three turnovers and notched a shutout against Idaho State.
Colorado's defense: The Buffaloes were blistered for 624 yards, the most since a loss to Missouri in 1984, in their loss to Toledo. They are also on pace to allow 462 points, which would surpass the school’s record of 451 in 1980.
Iowa State QB Austen Arnaud: Was picked off a career-worst four times by Iowa in the Cyclones’ loss to the Hawkeyes. It was the most interceptions thrown by an Iowa State quarterback since Todd Bandhauer was picked off four times against Texas in 1998. Bandhauer had 62 pass attempts in that game. Arnaud had 22 pass attempts against Iowa.
Texas DE/LB Sergio Kindle: Has produced no sacks in his first two games this season.
Kansas State K Josh Cherry: His first two games have included three missed field goal attempts. He botched another field goal attempt with his holder and missed an extra point in the Wildcats' first two games.
Texas Tech RB Baron Batch: Including the last two games of last season, Batch has averaged 21.5 rushing yards per game.
Texas' kicking game: The Longhorns struggled against Wyoming as they failed to convert on a fake punt and a fake field goal, while also having a punt blocked for a touchdown.
Iowa State: The Cyclones have dropped a nation-worst 17 road games since beating Texas A&M, 42-14, in College Station on Oct. 29, 2005. They will visit Kent State Saturday.