- David Ubben, College Football
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Here's what I saw in the Big 12 last week:
Best offensive performance: Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech. Doege taught the whole world how to Doege on Saturday, tossing for 506 yards and six touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing and making the most of his defense's big day. Doege bounced back from a rough week against Oklahoma and made West Virginia's defense look very, very bad. He was on the money all game and frustrated the WVU defense with his accuracy and decision-making.
Best defensive performance: Devonte Fields, DE, TCU. Fields continued his tear as a true freshman navigating the Big 12 for the first time. He made five tackles, had two tackles for loss with a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Ridiculous. Honorable mention: Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State.
Best team performance: Texas Tech. The Red Raiders edge out Oklahoma by way of a five-touchdown win over one of two Big 12 front-runners on Saturday. Tech's defense figured out how to slow the West Virginia offense and forced Geno Smith into his worst outing of the season. Hard to do. In the process, Tech proved it can beat anybody and has a whole lot of upside. Honorable mention: Oklahoma.
Best play: Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma. Leading 20-2, Landry Jones found Millard for a short pass on first down and Millard turned upfield. In one single bound, he leaped over one defender (his second hurdle of the game at that point) and another defender bounced off his legs as he stiff-armed. Millard stuck the landing as though the defense wasn't even there and rumbled down the left sideline for a 73-yard gain.
Worst quarter: Baylor's fourth quarter. The Bears trailed 28-21 and looked in position to make a run at the Frogs. However, Nick Florence threw a pair of interceptions and the Bears added another fumble as TCU ran away with Baylor's lunch money in the fourth, outscoring them 21-0 in the decisive quarter.
Best quarter: Oklahoma's second quarter. The Sooners ran the ball into the teeth of Texas' defense and the Sooners' defense looked very much like a brick wall in the quarter. Oklahoma outscored the Longhorns 23-0 to officially key the rout. Texas' offensive possessions resulted in three three-and-outs, a safety and an interception. Oklahoma scored three touchdowns on its first four drives of the quarter.
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