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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Which Big 12 bowl performance was worst?

By David Ubben

We looked at the best bowl performance on Tuesday, but which team was the league's worst representative in its bowl game? Here are the five candidates:

OKLAHOMA

The Sooners hung around in the first half, but got embarassed and outscored 27-0 in the second half of their 41-13 loss to ex-Big 12 rival Texas A&M. Heisman winner Johnny Manziel accounted for more than 500 yards of total offense and Oklahoma didn't put up much of a fight in another ugly loss for the Big 12 to the SEC in the Cotton Bowl.

KANSAS STATE

K-State was the Big 12's only representative in the BCS and a disastrous third quarter kept the Wildcats from making much of a game in the second half against the Ducks, who ran away in the second half for a 35-17 win. Collin Klein tossed a pair of picks and the Wildcats' grabby hands all season didn't force a turnover in the bowl.

TCU

The Frogs were on cruise control, but slow and steady wins the race, apparently. Michigan State was held scoreless for the game's first 44 minutes, but rallied to win 17-16 after trailing 13-0 for almost the entire third quarter. TCU answered to take the lead with a 53-yard field goal, but Michigan State retook the lead with 61 seconds to play and left the Frogs wondering how an easy win got away.

WEST VIRGINIA

The Mountaineers get a tiny pass because of the snow, but Syracuse's physical offense dominated the WVU defense and moved Geno Smith to 0-3 against the Orange for his career. Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey had solid games, but a 38-14 loss in a game that was largely a tossup entering the game wasn't good enough.

IOWA STATE

The Cyclones had a sick QB, but the offense was a disaster after scoring 17 points in the first quarter on a long TD pass and a defensive score. Tulsa shut out the Cyclones over the game's final 48 minutes and completely dominated the line of scrimmage with a powerful running game that made for a frustrating afternoon in Memphis for the Cyclones.

Which team was most disappointing and had the worst performance? Vote in our poll.