Big 12: Ohio State

Big 12 bowl helmet stickers

January, 12, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

The Big 12's 4-3 record in bowl games wasn't quite as good as the conference might have liked. But several players had performances worthy of collecting the last of this season's helmet stickers.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy -- Passed for a career-high 414 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner to Quan Cosby with 16 seconds left to spark the Longhorns' 24-21 victory over Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon -- Contributed 17 tackles (eight solo), including 2.5 tackles for a loss and ½ of a sack in Missouri's 30-23 overtime victory over Northwestern in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Weatherspoon also notched two quarterback hurries and deflected a pass.

Kansas' passing game -- It's hard to differentiate between QB Todd Reesing (313 passing yards, four TD passes), WR Dezmon Briscoe (14 catches, 201 yards, three TD grabs) and WR Kerry Meier (10 catches, 113 yards, one TD reception). All were responsible for the Jayhawks' impressive 42-21 victory over Minnesota in the Insight Bowl -- arguably the best bowl performance by any Big 12 team.

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh -- Produced eight tackles, including 3.5 for losses and two sacks in the Cornhuskers' 26-21 comeback victory over Clemson in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl. Suh also blocked a kick and produced a quarterback hurry in Nebraska's first Jan. 1 bowl victory since 1995.

Texas wide receiver Quan Cosby -- The 26-year-old former minor-league baseball player capped his career by producing a school bowl-record and career-best 14 receptions for 171 yards, including the game-winning grab, to lead the Longhorns' comeback victory over Ohio State.

Missouri wide receiver/kick returner Jeremy Maclin -- Capped his college career in style with a game-winning 7-yard TD grab in overtime and a 75-yard punt return for another score that helped kick-start his team's dormant offense. Maclin accounted for 187 all-purpose yards in the Tigers' triumph over Northwestern.

Kansas linebacker James Holt -- Notched eight tackles, including four for losses and three sacks in the Jayhawks' victory over Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.

Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz -- His numbers (236 passing yards, two TD passes) were surpassed by many other bowl-winning quarterbacks. But Ganz bounced back from several injuries to lead his team in a gutsy, dramatic comeback victory, charging back from a 14-3 halftime deficit.

Nebraska I-back Quentin Castille -- Rushed for 125 yards -- more than any other Big 12 back in a bowl game -- on 18 carries to spark Nebraska's comeback over Clemson in the Gator Bowl.

Texas safety Earl Thomas -- The freshman notched a team-high nine tackles and produced two pass deflections, including the game-saving one on the final play of the game, to preserve the Longhorns' Fiesta Bowl triumph.

Ultimately, a team must win to receive helmet stickers. That's why performances like those produced in the bowls by Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, Oklahoma safety Nic Harris, Oklahoma running back Chris Brown, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant and Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson have gone unrewarded. All had strong performances in their bowl games, despite their teams' losses.

Shipley plans to appeal for sixth season

December, 18, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley has filed paperwork with the NCAA to apply for a sixth season of eligibility.

Shipley missed his first two college seasons because of a series of knee and hamstring injuries. He is considered a senior heading into the Longhorns' Jan. 5 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.

But he plans to return to college for another season if granted a medical hardship by the NCAA because of his earlier injuries.

"Looking back, I wouldn't change anything about it," Shipley said. "I feel like the adversity made me tougher and stronger. But that's also another reason I'd like another year."

A ruling is expected sometime next month. Shipley is hopeful but pragmatic about his chances.

"It would be awesome. I'm having a lot of fun playing here," Shipley said. "I feel like there's still more I'd like to accomplish as a team and individually. And I'm enjoying it so much I'd like to be around another year.

Shipley was a third-team All-American selection by the Associated Press this season after producing 79 receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 96-yard kickoff return against Oklahoma was a turning point for the Longhorns, sparking a comeback from an early 11-point deficit in a 45-35 victory.

At the Longhorns' regular-season finale against Texas A&M, Shipley was introduced with the other members of the senior class. He also said he approached his football banquet last week with the idea it could be the last time he was with his teammates in that setting.

"It's a funny feeling for me that I have a good chance of doing the same thing next year," Shipley said. "It's a weird feeling, but I had fun with it because it's not 100 percent that I'll be back next year. I have to look at it both ways knowing it could be my last year, but it also might not be."

Longhorns' center Hall should be ready for Fiesta Bowl

December, 18, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Starting Texas center Chris Hall has returned to practice after missing the final two games of the season with a knee injury.

Hall expects to be ready to go for the Longhorns' Jan. 5 game against Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

"I feel great," Hall said. "It's been really good to be back out there and doing live snaps again. Everything has felt really good. I can't complain about a thing."

True freshman David Snow ably filled in for Hall while he missed games against Kansas and Texas A&M.

"Having Chris back is great," Texas quarterback Colt McCoy said. "David did a great job of filling in. We couldn't have asked more from him. He was tremendous during that two-game stretch. But having Chris back is good, too. And we can use David in other areas of the rotation. It's all good."