Taking stock of Week 9 in the Big 12:
Team of the week: Once again, Oklahoma State took its share of jabs early on only to bounce back and deliver the knockout punches at the end to take down Texas Tech, 70-53. J.W. Walsh sparked the Pokes with a fabulous relief performance at quarterback, James Washington delivered a pair of monster touchdown plays down the stretch and Emmanuel Obgah spearheaded Oklahoma State's defensive resurgence after halftime. It hasn't always been a work of art, but the Cowboys are right where they hoped to be before the season -- undefeated headed into November, with TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma all coming to Stillwater. Honorable-mention honors here go to Iowa State, which got its biggest conference win in three years with a 24-0 shutout of Texas.
Disappointment of the week: After knocking off Oklahoma in October, Charlie Strong finally seemed to be turning a corner in his second season at Texas. But Saturday, the Longhorns took a giant step backwards in Ames with a pitiful offensive performance. Until a final meaningless possession, Texas failed to cross the Iowa State 47-yard line and had as many three-and-outs (seven) as it did first downs. At 3-5, Strong said afterward he "wasn't worried" about his team. But unless the Longhorns make a dramatic turnaround on offense from what they displayed in Ames, Strong could finish with a second consecutive losing record.
Big (offensive) man on campus: Trevone Boykin was absolutely sensational in TCU's 40-10 win over West Virginia on Thursday night. On a highlight-loaded night for him, Boykin completed 32 of 47 passes to go with 388 passing yards and 84 rushing yards. He also had a hand in four touchdowns, while turning up the heat on LSU running back Leonard Fournette in what's developing into a two-man race for the Heisman Trophy.
Big (defensive) man on campus: Iowa State linebacker Jordan Harris gets the nod here after snuffing out Texas' only promising drive of the first half with an acrobatic interception at the Iowa State 32-yard line. He also added seven tackles, as Iowa State became the first unranked team to shut out Texas since 1961. Honorable-mention honors go to Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper, who had three sacks and two forced fumbles in the Sooners' 62-7 demolition of Kansas.
Special-teams player of the week: True freshman Jalen McCleskey ignited Oklahoma State's second-half comeback with a 67-yard punt return touchdown down the sideline midway through the third quarter, which cut Tech's lead to 38-35. Honorable-mention honors go to TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom, who nailed a 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give TCU a 23-10 lead and the momentum for good after a mild West Virginia surge in the second quarter.
Play of the week: In the first quarter against Oklahoma State, Jakeem Grant unleashed his best impression of Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson, taking a quick out 90 yards to set up Texas Tech's second touchdown. On the play, Grant faked out the first Oklahoma State defender, then weaved his way to the other side of the field. Off a key block from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who cleared out safety Jordan Sterns, Grant broke free, gliding back to the original side of the field before he was corralled by a host of trailing Cowboys at the 7-yard line. According to SportsCenter, Grant covered more than 153 actual yards on the run. Grant finished with 178 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 100-yard kickoff return, while playing the final three quarters on a bum ankle.
Stat of the week: Oklahoma State and Texas Tech combined for 123 points, the highest scoring game in the FBS this season, and, according to ESPN Stats & Information, the fourth-highest scoring regulation game of the last 10 years.
Quotable: "He made one of the best plays I'd seen in a while. He was right there, so I didn't know what the hell else to do. I could've started yelling at our guys, but what good is that going to do?" -- West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, explaining why he gave Trevone Boykin a high-five.
Tweet of the week:
Texas DT Paul Boyette: "Iowa State's not a very good team. One week can play well, and the next week they can be flat."
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) October 26, 2015
Photo of the week:
— Richard Rodriguez (@SuperProRico) October 30, 2015