Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Big 12's best games of September
By David Ubben
The first month of the season is over, and even though the Big 12's nonconference schedule was weak, there were plenty of good games in the first month. Here are the best:
1. Texas 41, Oklahoma State 36: I know, I know. I gave WVU-Baylor the nod in my game of the week last week, but consider this my mea culpa. I was temporarily hypnotized by the offensive fireworks, distracted from the four fourth-quarter lead changes in the game I attended on Saturday night. These two offenses matched each other shot for shot in the fourth quarter, and Oklahoma State might have made the comeback if they'd had another 30 seconds. Still, we saw two young quarterbacks in David Ash and J.W. Walsh grow up.
2. West Virginia 70, Baylor 63: Look away, defense enthusiasts. It wasn't pretty in the secondary, but you have to love watching Geno Smith and Nick Florence throw it around the yard. The two teams combined for more than 1,500 yards of offense and 133 points, the second-highest scoring regulation game in FBS history. The only thing this game lacked was second-half drama. WVU took over in the third quarter and sealed the game with a clutch drive in the fourth quarter to run out the clock, highlighted by a crazy one-handed catch on third down by J.D. Woods.
3. Kansas State 24, Oklahoma 19: This one was high drama, and Kansas State did the unthinkable -- challenged Oklahoma at home and won. When doubts of Oklahoma's home prowess were raised in the past, the Sooners always answered emphatically, beating 14 ranked teams by an average of 28.2 points since Bob Stoops' arrival. K-State coach Bill Snyder got the best of his former pupil with a big win in Norman, thanks to a sack-fumble on Landry Jones for a touchdown, and a muffed snap from Oklahoma in the Belldozer formation.
3. Baylor 47, Louisiana-Monroe 42: Baylor went on down to the Bayou with the cast of Duck Dynasty in attendance. They weren't in Big 12 country anymore, and fell behind 21-7 early. The Bears rebounded from two Nick Florence interceptions and rallied from a one-point fourth-quarter deficit to get the win. There were five lead changes. A great environment.
4. Rice 25, Kansas 24: This one was ugly, but you can't leave off a game that ended in a game-winning field goal. The Jayhawks led 24-13 in the second half, but the offense struggled for the rest of the game and a late turnover helped complete a Rice rally. The Owls got the game-winning kick and beat a Big 12 team for the first time ever.
Oh, and the worst games?
- Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0
- TCU 56, Grambling 0
- Texas Tech 44, Northwestern State 6
- Iowa State 9, Iowa 6
- West Virginia 42, James Madison 12