- David Ubben, College Football
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Here's what you need to know from the Big 12 in Week 6:
Best offensive performance: Andrew Buie, RB, West Virginia. Geno Smith said it best about Buie's performance on Saturday: "He carried us." Buie logged 31 carries and turned them into 207 yards and two touchdowns in the Mountaineers' 48-45 win at Texas. On West Virginia's final drive, he carried the ball on seven of eight plays for 63 yards and a touchdown. That won the game for the Eers, and the sophomore showed up big with Shawne Alston sidelined by a thigh bruise. Buie also caught three passes for 66 yards and would have scored, but the Turf Monster reached up and tripped him on the way into the end zone. Here's what I wrote about Buie's day.
Best defensive performance: Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State. For the second time this season, Knott sealed a huge road victory with an interception. He finished with 13 tackles (10 solo) and made a tackle for loss in the Cyclones' 37-23 win at TCU. Knott and his teammate, A.J. Klein, are just as good as advertised. Perhaps even better.
Best team performance: Oklahoma. Yes, West Virginia had the best win, but I knew the Mountaineers could do it. I picked 'em to do it, in fact. I was surprised to find myself in such a small minority of folks picking WVU to take care of business on the road. The Sooners, though? Did anybody think they could waltz into Lubbock and paste Tech by four touchdowns? I certainly didn't. They scored 41 points in three quarters and held Texas Tech to just 28 yards on its first six drives of the second half. That's crazy.
Best quote: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia, on Texas fans' chants of "Geno sucks!" "Where does that come from? Obviously, I don't suck."
Second-best quote: Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia. "For the fourth game in a row, we didn't turn it over." Holgorsen paused. "... We probably did turn it over, now that I think about it," he said. "There's a lot of stuff going through my head. Boy, we did turn it over two times, didn't we?" Hey, people ask quarterbacks to have short memories. The same must go for coaches, I suppose.
Best game: West Virginia 48, Texas 45. Five total lead changes, including three in the second half? A whole bunch of big plays on both offense and defense? West Virginia goes 5-5 on fourth down? That's a heck of a ballgame on its own.
Worst quarter: Kansas' third quarter. The Jayhawks turned the ball over three times in the period, but did manage a safety after one of the turnovers. The problem? The safety came on the second of two Dayne Crist interceptions on consecutive throws, and the Jayhawks fumbled the kickoff on the safety. Kansas State broke a 32-yard touchdown run on the next play, and the Jayhawks were outscored 28-2 in the period.
Best quarter: Oklahoma's third quarter. The Sooners outscored Texas Tech 17-0 and turned a 24-13 lead into a 41-13 lead. Oklahoma scored on both of its offensive possessions and returned a Seth Doege interception 46 yards for a touchdown. Not bad, boys.
Worst play: Mack Brown, Texas. Facing a fourth-and-4 late in the first quarter, Texas' defensive line crashed the backfield and sacked Smith to get a huge defensive stop and ignite the crowd. The only problem? Texas had called a timeout before the ball was snapped. A harbinger of things to come ...
Best play: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia. On WVU's second chance, Austin caught a short pass over the middle to convert the fourth down (West Virginia would finish 5-of-5), and looked faster than anybody else in the Big 12, turning the corner on the Texas defense and racing for a 40-yard touchdown that put WVU up 14-7. Absolutely the sickest thing I saw all weekend.
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