Thursday, February 21, 2013
The best individual games of 2012: No. 3
By David Ubben
We're counting down the 10 best individual games for any Big 12 player in 2012. Bowl games and nonconference play count, but these are the performances that topped them all at the end of the season.
No. 3: Texas DE Alex Okafor vs. Oregon State
Date: Dec. 29, 2012
Why it's on the list: Oh, poor Cody Vaz. He wasn't without fault (get rid of the ball, son), but there was zero help from his supporting cast on the sideline and the coaching staff. The running game was abandoned and they refused to offset Okafor's dominance with screen passes or other quick-release plays. Instead, Okafor went crazy with the single-most dominant defensive performance in the Big 12 this past season. Oregon State's offensive line looked lost and hopeless against the Longhorns senior playing in his final game. Without him, especially in the second half, Texas doesn't come back to beat Oregon State 31-27 in the Alamo Bowl. He finished with eight tackles, but grabbed the Big 12 sack title after notching 4.5 and five tackles for loss against the Beavers. He also forced a fumble. Beavers coach Mike Riley had to be upset by the end of this one, but it's been awhile since we've seen one player frustrate an entire team as impressively as Okafor did, completely wrecking Oregon State's offense in the second half.
The rest of the list: