Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Big 12 Game Balls: Week 10
By David Ubben
We can't all get helmet stickers on Sunday morning or mentions in the Monday weekend rewind. Here are the best of the rest in this week's game balls:
Jeremiah George, LB, Iowa State: Iowa State needed a boost with Jake Knott out for the season with a shoulder injury. George provided that and more, racking up a career-high 17 tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Thirteen of those 17 stops were solo tackles in the Cyclones' loss to Oklahoma. Without Allen Chapman's crazy night for K-State, George might have been the league's player of the week.
Josh Boyce, WR, TCU: Boyce earned more than half of his receiving yards on one game-changing play, but it was an incredibly unlikely play. He caught six passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in TCU's 39-38 win over West Virginia on the road in double overtime. That overtime never would have been possible without Boyce's 94-yard touchdown catch in the final minutes. That was the third-longest play in TCU history.
James Sims, RB, Kansas: Sims shows up yet again in the Big 12 game balls, racking up 128 rushing yards on just 21 carries, an average of six yards a touch. He scored on a 59-yard carry in the loss to Baylor and became the first KU back since 1974 to rush for 100 yards in five consecutive games.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: Austin caught 11 passes for 101 yards, his 12th 100-yard game of his career, the most in school history. His 76-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter looked likely to be the difference late in Saturday's loss to TCU, before Boyce's big grab happened. He also returned a kick 34 yards to help pace the WVU defense.