Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Big 12 Game Balls: Week 9
By David Ubben
We can't all get helmet stickers or mentions in the Monday weekend rewind. My weekly game balls are reserved for the best of the rest.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: Williams has been held below 130 yards just once all season, and had another huge night against Iowa State in a loss to the Cyclones. He caught 13 passes for 190 yards, and at this point, there's no way he has any real competition for the Biletnikoff Award. He's been a bright spot in a rough season in Waco so far.
James Sims, RB, Kansas: Sims really is becoming a weekly fixture here, and for good reason. He topped 100 yards rushing for the fourth consecutive week, and predictably became the next in a long line of backs to set a career high in rushing yardage against the Texas defense. He carried the ball 28 times for 176 yards.
Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma: Saunders has only been eligible for a couple weeks, but he emerged on Saturday as Landry Jones' No. 1 target, saving a huge game for the Sooners' biggest stage of the season. OU didn't get the win, but the Fresno State transfer caught 15 passes for 181 yards against a stout Irish defense.
Eric Ward, WR, Texas Tech: Ward has been a big target in the end zone for the Red Raiders, and had a huge day against K-State, though he did have a costly fumble. He caught 11 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns, bringing his totals to 10 scores this year.
Johnathan Gray, RB, Texas: The hyped freshman was a bright spot in a terrible Texas performance on the road at Kansas this week. With Malcolm Brown injured, he broke out with 111 yards on 18 carries, keeping Texas in the game before the Longhorns rallied for a 21-17 win against the Jayhawks.