- David Ubben, College Football
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Here's our awards for the day's best performances. Couldn't narrow it down to very many individuals Saturday. I'll need a new shipment of helmet stickers after this week.
James Franklin, QB, Missouri: Franklin isn't a mean guy much, if ever, in real life. Texas A&M's defense might find that hard to believe. Franklin was being downright disagreeable and delivering some punishment to the artists formerly known as the Wrecking Crew in Saturday's win. He threw 198 yards and two scores and ran for 97 yards and two more touchdowns, highlighted by a 20-yard run littered with broken tackles. The Tigers got by the Aggies in overtime, 38-31, thanks to Franklin's second touchdown pass, and the sophomore got a nice midweek pep talk from former Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel.
Oklahoma State's defense: So what if it gave up more than 600 yards? These guys got it done. Believe it. OSU beat Baylor 59-24 and led 49-3 after three quarters, thanks to forcing five turnovers in Oklahoma State's territory. They picked off Robert Griffin III twice after the Bears quarterback had only thrown two picks in his previous six games. Believe what you read in the stat sheet at your own risk. Garbage time lies.
Iowa State's running game: Can't narrow this one down to one player, either. A week after Oklahoma struggled to run against Texas Tech (just 124 yards), the Cyclones rolled over Texas Tech for 368 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-7 win over Texas Tech. Just unbelievable. Jared Barnett's reinvigorated the team, and after this development, both teams are a bit of a scary matchup. James White and Duran Hollis both topped 100 yards.
Texas' defense: The Longhorns shut down the Jayhawks all night in this one, a dominant 43-0 shutout. With 7:30 remaining, the Jayhawks had just 18 yards of offense on 29 plays. The team finished with just 46 yards on 36 plays, and gained just three first downs compared to Texas' 34. Texas outrushed the Jayhawks 441 to -2. To borrow a phrase: U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi.
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Jones enjoyed a record-breaking day in the Sooners huge 58-17 win over Kansas State. He completed 35 of 47 passes for 505 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions as the Sooners' outscored the Wildcats 35-0 in the second half. The 505 yards was a school record, breaking the record of 468 yards he shared with Sam Bradford. He also became Oklahoma's career leader with 90 touchdown passes. No offense had scored that many points on K-State since Colorado in 1989.