Big 12: Corey Fuller

Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 10

November, 5, 2012
Time for a few superlatives from the week that was in the Big 12:

Best offensive performance: Brennan Clay, RB, Oklahoma. No huge standouts this week, but I'm going with Clay narrowly ahead of a few other deserving folks. Iowa State has a pretty good defense, but Clay nearly topped his career high by more than 100 yards. Clay carried the ball 24 times for 157 yards and a touchdown, easily surpassing his previous career high of 64 yards.

Best defensive performance: Allen Chapman, CB, Kansas State. Only seven Big 12 players had at least three interceptions all season. Chapman nabbed three from two different quarterbacks in one game on Saturday night. He returned one 29 yards for a score and sealed the win with his final pick of the night. He also added five tackles and two pass breakups.

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Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesTCU's decision to go for the win instead of the tie paid off after Josh Boyce made the two-point conversion in double overtime against West Virginia.
Best game: TCU 39, West Virginia 38 (2OT). What more could you ask for here? The Frogs' 94-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to Josh Boyce that forced overtime was mostly thanks to terrible defense from WVU, but the double-overtime gambles from the Frogs? That was all execution on a reverse pass that fooled the Mountaineers and a pretty rollout play that resulted in a tough scoop for Boyce to clinch the win. The Frogs are playing the role of drama queens these days. Only two Big 12 games have gone to overtime this year. TCU has been involved in both.

Best team performance: Texas. Tough pick here, but I'll go with the Longhorns, who went on the road and soundly beat a ranked Texas Tech team badly in need of a win. Texas asserted some dominance and grabbed the inside track to a Cotton Bowl berth in the process.

Best play: WR Brandon Carter and TE Corey Fuller, TCU. Carter, a former high school quarterback, took a pitch on the reverse and hit a wide-open Fuller who had sneaked out behind the WVU defense and caught the ball for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of double overtime. That's a play Fuller, a senior, will never forget. The senior tight end had two catches for 1 yard this season entering Saturday's game.

Second-best play: Tavon Austin, PR, West Virginia. Austin's 76-yard return should have been enough and should have won the game for West Virginia. Alas, a good day for the defense came crashing down with a few late mistakes. After breaking loose and setting the crowd off on what seemed to be the game winner, the defense let TCU get back in the game with a costly mistake. Which brings me to the next award ...

Worst play: West Virginia's defense. I was in awe of this one. West Virginia got a huge sack and pinned TCU on its own 6-yard line with under two minutes to play and a seven-point lead. It should be a simple task for the safeties, regardless of the coverage: Stay deeper than the deepest. Do not get beat over the top. WVU lost track of Josh Boyce, TCU's best receiver, and let him get -- you guessed it -- over the top for a 94-yard score on a broken play.

Best decision: Gary Patterson, TCU. Patterson had been there before, and decided to go back to the well. "I'm one of those people who believes when you play someone on the road, you have to go take ballgames," Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. TCU scored on a reverse pass from Brandon Carter to Corey Fuller to get within 38-37, and like he did against Boise State last year on the road, Patterson went for two. The Frogs ran the exact same play and it worked. Welcome to bowl eligibility in Year 1 of the Big 12, Frogs.

Best quote: Boyce, on going for two to win the game. "I already knew what the play was going to be," he said. Awesome.

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 10

November, 4, 2012
Time to hand out some hardware for a job well done in the Big 12 on Saturday. Your stickers are in the mail, boys.

Gary Patterson, coach, TCU: Hey, the players are the ones who do it on the field, but Patterson went with a pair of gutsy gambles in double overtime to help the Frogs rally for a 39-38 victory at West Virginia. TCU got a touchdown on a reverse pass from Brandon Carter to Corey Fuller, and got the two-point conversion on a rollout play that was a mirror of the play that beat Boise State last season. Patterson doesn't necessarily call those plays, but he had the guts to sign off on them. Few other coaches would. Those were game-changing decisions and now TCU is bowl-eligible, despite a mountain of losses.

Allen Chapman, CB, Kansas State: What a night for the senior cornerback. He got it off to a great start when he returned his first interception 29 yards for a touchdown late in the first half of Kansas State's 44-30 win over Oklahoma State. He picked off another late on a play in which Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt suffered an apparent head injury, and his final pick of the night sealed the game for the Wildcats and allowed the K-State faithful to breathe a sigh of relief when he came up with the ball in the end zone on a Clint Chelf toss that would have made the game very, very interesting. He finished with five tackles, three picks and two pass breakups. My hat is off, sir.

Brennan Clay, RB, Oklahoma: Landry Jones is a strong candidate here, but I'm going with Clay because of Jones' two interceptions in the second quarter. Clay's previous career high was just 64 yards rushing, but with injuries to the Sooners' backs, Clay came up big in relief of Damien Williams. He carried the ball 24 times for 157 yards and broke an impressive 18-yard touchdown run for his only score of the day as Oklahoma beat Iowa State 35-20. He also caught a pair of passes for 12 yards.

Mike Davis, WR, Texas: "Magic Mike" was money on Saturday for the Horns. He only caught four passes, but he made 'em count in the Longhorns' 31-22 win over Texas Tech. He caught touchdowns of 75 and 25 yards from David Ash and finished with four grabs for 165 yards. The Horns needed some explosiveness on offense. Davis provided it.

Baylor's offensive line: Can't hand it to just one guy here, but the big uglies up front got it done against the Jayhawks. Baylor's Nick Florence wasn't sacked and threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns in a much-needed, turnover-free performance. Meanwhile, running backs Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk combined for 260 yards on just 28 carries, an average of 9.3 yards a carry, in the 41-14 romp. Big time.

Late gambles pay off for TCU in 2OT win

November, 3, 2012

TCU was going to go down fighting, one way or the other.

The Horned Frogs trailed by seven after WVU took just one play to score in double overtime, but TCU had plans to do the same.

Receiver Brandon Carter, a former high school quarterback, grabbed the ball off a reverse and found a wide-open Corey Fuller, who rumbled in for the touchdown.

TCU coach Gary Patterson wasn't done. Taking a page from last season's regulation victory at Boise State, Patterson went for two on the road with what looked like the exact same play. Trevone Boykin found Josh Boyce, who hauled in a low toss to clinch the 39-38 win and set off a raucous Frogs celebration.

A review upheld the call.

Overtime only happened because Boykin found Boyce wide open for a 94-yard touchdown pass with 1:24 to play after Tavon Austin raced 76 yards on a punt return for a go-ahead touchdown for the Mountaineers.

Somebody's two-game losing streak had to come to an end. TCU played to win and made the plays to make it happen. It takes a whole lot of guts to do what Patterson did, and it paid off.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads tried a similar maneuver in 2010 versus Nebraska, but that failed. Its biggest win of the season pushed TCU to 6-3 overall (3-3 in the Big 12) and made it bowl-eligible.

The Frogs are banged-up and depleted, but this win will taste very, very sweet. Next week, the Frogs get a shot at Big 12 front-runner Kansas State.

Meanwhile, another crushing loss for West Virginia. The offense struggled again and Geno Smith finished just 32-of-54 for 260 yards, three touchdowns and a terrible interception on a badly underthrown deep ball that drew an animated reaction from coach Dana Holgorsen.

Austin tried his best to rescue the Mountaineers (5-3, 2-3) with the late punt return and a crazy 43-yard touchdown on a short catch in the second quarter, but it wasn't enough.

West Virginia is left searching while the Frogs moved up the Big 12 standings.