Monday, January 14, 2013
Which Big 12 player's bowl was best?
By David Ubben
We took a look at the All-Big 12 bowl team last week, but let's take it a step further today: Which Big 12 player had the single-best bowl game of anyone in the league?
Vote in our poll and we'll crown the Big 12's postseason MVP a little later on this week. Here are my five candidates:
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia: West Virginia's high-flying offense looked grounded in a snowstorm, but Bailey didn't seem very affected. He had a fantastic game with 126 yards and two scores (giving him 25 on the season) on just seven catches in a New Era Pinstripe Bowl loss to ex-Big East rival Syracuse.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: Okafor gave Oregon State's Cody Vaz nightmares. He was in the backfield constantly in Texas' win over the Beavers and finished with 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble and finished with eight tackles. Oregon State kept trying to throw it, and Okafor kept Vaz on his back more often than the Beavers were in the end zone.
Jaden Oberkrom, K, TCU: Oberkrom made all three of his field goals in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and his biggest highlight was a great 53-yarder to put TCU back ahead in the final minutes. It ended up not being a game-winner, but he also made kicks from 47 and 31 yards.
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor: Seastrunk had more rushing yards than any Big 12 back, racking up 138 yards and a touchdown on his 16 touches in Baylor's 49-26 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl beatdown of then-No. 17 UCLA. He also broke loose for one of the best plays of the bowl season, a 43-yard scamper late in the second quarter that put the Bears up 35-7.
David Ash, QB, Texas: Ash had the best play of the Big 12's bowl season, escaping a sure sack and throwing off-balance to find running back Johnathan Gray, who slipped out of the backfield for a 15-yard touchdown to get Texas within striking distance in its Valero Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State. Later that quarter, Ash struck with a 36-yard, go-ahead score to give the Longhorns a win and finish with 241 yards passing and two scores, as well as a rushing touchdown.