Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Fans tab best individual bowl performance
By David Ubben
Earlier this week, I asked you to vote on the Big 12's best individual bowl performance. You've been heard loud and clear, and there's not much contest from the fans in this one.
Texas defensive end Alex Okafor had 4.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble as Texas surged in the second half to knock off Oregon State, and he received 37 percent of the fan vote for his effort, a full nine points ahead of the No. 2 finisher.
West Virginia's Stedman Bailey earned 28 percent of the vote for catching a pair of touchdowns among his seven grabs for 126 yards in the loss to Syracuse, but Baylor's Lache Seastrunk wasn't far behind with 26 percent of the vote.
He ran for 136 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' beatdown of UCLA. TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom didn't get much respect from the fans, despite nailing a 53-yard kick to take the lead late. He got just 6 percent of the votes. David Ash's two second-half touchdown passes still had him in last place with 3 percent of the vote for Texas' win over Oregon State.
I'd agree with the fans on this one in both aspects. Okafor had the biggest impact on whether his team won or lost. Oregon State inexplicably went away from the run game, but Cody Vaz had no time to do anything with Okafor constantly in his grill. The Longhorns don't win that game without him.
Bailey was my best offensive player, and I'd probably vote him No. 2 as well. Good voting from the fans on this one. West Virginia didn't get anything close to a win, but it wasn't Bailey's fault. His last game ever as a Mountaineer was a great one. He turned in a huge effort, even though it didn't help WVU grab a win.
How would you rank them?