Monday, October 24, 2011
Big 12 weekend rewind
By David Ubben
Here's our look back at the weekend that was.
Best offensive player: Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech. Doege quarterbacked the Red Raiders to a huge win over Oklahoma, snapping the Sooners' 39-game home winning streak. He finished 33-of-52 for 441 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover in the 41-38 win.
Seth Doege threw four touchdown passes in Texas Tech's upset of Oklahoma.
Best defensive player:Jamie Blatnick, DE, Oklahoma State. OSU ran away from Mizzou late, aided by big plays from the Cowboys defender. Blatnick tipped two passes and both were intercepted by teammates. He also notched a sack and forced a James Franklin fumble for another turnover to help the Cowboys get a big win in the turnover column (4-1).
Best team performance: Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were unfazed and went toe-to-toe with the Big 12's top team, beating them in every phase of the game on their home field, and did it while being hampered by injuries, too.
Best game: Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 38. The Red Raiders jumped out to a 31-7 third-quarter lead and held off a furious late charge by the Sooners for the win. Great theater in a great nightcap after a less-than-thrilling set of early games. The closest margin of victory was Texas A&M's 16-point win over Iowa State.
Best performance in relief: Deveric Gallington, C, Texas Tech. Justin Keown is already playing with one injured knee, and hurt the other early on in the win over Oklahoma. The answer? Gallington, who had never played center. He stepped in admirably, blocking well. And although there were a few shaky snaps, he was an unsung hero in a huge win for Tech.
Second-best performance in relief: Jared Barnett, QB, Iowa State.Steele Jantz struggled early, and the Cyclones turned to Barnett. His completion percentage (44 percent) wasn't high, but he led the team with 66 yards rushing and threw for 180 yards. That's a good sign for the future.
Biggest guts:Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech. Tubs was is full "Riverboat Gambler" mode on Saturday night. He went for a fourth down inside the 5-yard line in the first half and scored a touchdown. He did it again in the second half and failed, as did a fake punt, but it said a lot about Tech's intentions, and the Red Raiders won. Just imagine if they'd won those last two gambles ...
Worst 90 seconds:Kansas before/after halftime. Kansas grabbed momentum with a late first-half touchdown to come within 28-14 with :14 left in the half. In the 1:21 of game time that followed, Kansas State's lead grew to 45-14. A 48-yard pass to Tyler Lockett set up a field goal. Lockett returned the opening kick of the second half for a score, then scored again after a quick fumble inside the 10-yard line by Tony Pierson. Yikes.
Best trend:Big 12 road warriors. Every road team (Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Oklahoma State) won on Saturday, the first time that's happened since 2000 and just the third time in Big 12 history.
Worst guest:Mother Nature. Once again, she rudely interrupted an already late kickoff in the Big 12. Baylor and Texas Tech have dealt with weather delays, and Oklahoma State didn't kick off a game until after midnight earlier this season. Oklahoma and Texas Tech endured a 94-minute delay before their game, which kicked off at 8:45 p.m. The Sooners ran plays and worked out in their indoor facility while Tech passed the time with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the cramped visitor's locker room.